Like a good neighbour, Banks DIH Limited is there.
It was disclosed recently that the local conglomerate has signed on to be a main sponsor of the Triple Crown Series. The financial magnitude of the sponsorship package was not disclosed but Nasrudeen Mohamed Jr, organizer of the event stated that “Banks is on board with the entire Triple Crown as a mega sponsor”.
The head of the Jumbo Jet Thoroughbred Racing Committee noted that he is “always thankful for having Banks on board” while adding that “without their support this wouldn’t be possible.”
The Triple Crown Series gets underway on March 4 at the Rising Sun Turf Club
The second leg will be staged on April 1 at Port Mourant Turf Club, while the finale will run off on April 29 at Rising Sun.
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 viewed as the most popular.
Stabroek Sport will update readers throughout the Guyana Triple Crown series as events unfold.