The Jumbo Jet Thoroughbred Racing Committee (JJTRC) has decided to ring in the new year with fresh, new initiatives for the ‘Sport of Kings’.
According to the JJTRC boss, Nasrudeen Mohamed Jr., 2018 will see his Committee pioneering the ‘Triple Crown’ series in the Land Of Many Waters.
“Jumbo Jet thoroughbred committee again is taking the lead with introducing a new style of racing to our local owners. As I might say, we are going international” said Mohamed Jr.
With 21 races, three race days and 20 million dollars on the line, horse racing in the 592 will be taken to new heights. The first of the three events is slated for February 18 at the Rising Sun Turf Club. The second leg will be staged on March 2 at the same venue, while the finale will run off on Easter Sunday (April 1) at the Port Mourant Turf Club.
On the racing days, the C Class, 1200m event with a bounty of $1M will be the main attraction.
The seven-race card will also include events for trotters in the F Class and lower, Three-Year old Guyana Bred, H and Lower, J/K and lower, K Class non earners and L and lower. Mohamed noted that horses will not be promoted nor demoted for any events in their classes until after the final fixture.
“This is to give the horses a chance to win the bonus and to be crowned the Triple Crown champion in their respective classes.” As an added bonus, horses winning all three events will receive a bonus but a pre-entry fee of $5000 is a prerequisite to receive the extra incentive.
The Triple Crown series originated in the UK in the 1850’s. Countries like Japan, Hungary, Denmark, the USA, Australia, Canada, Germany, France, Belgium and even Jamaica have since subscribed to that format. The USA’s Triple Crown which consists of the Kentucky Derby, The Preakness and the Belmont Stakes is widely regarded as the most popular.
Stabroek Sports will update readers throughout the Guyana Triple Crown series as events unfold.