Thursday 2 April, 2020

Sparkle Diamond has sights set on qualifying for rich Diamond Mile

Will In Charge, with  jockey Robert Halledeen, on his way to the winners enclosure after winning the 2018 running of the rich Diamond Mile at Caymanas Park.

Will In Charge, with jockey Robert Halledeen, on his way to the winners enclosure after winning the 2018 running of the rich Diamond Mile at Caymanas Park.

United States-bred three-year-old colt, SPARKLE DIAMOND is in a race against time to meet the earnings conditions for Diamond Mile qualification.

The Ralph Porter-trained colt will now embark on a quest to qualify for the US$115,000 Diamond Mile set for November 9 after he notched his third straight win at Caymanas Park, opening Tuesday’s Independence Day holiday card at five furlongs straight.

He will next meet overnight allowance horses, his first step towards lining up for the Caribbean’s richest horse race, which could have its fifth and last running this year.

New conditions for the Ja$13m event gives automatic first-preference entry to winners of the Jamaica Derby, Superstakes, Caribbean Sprint Championship, Invitational Mile, Gold Cup and the Diamond Mile winner from the previous year, providing a top-three finish in at least one Grade 1 event this season.

Horses such as SPARKLE DIAMOND qualify based on their year-to-date earnings from (a) Grade I or Stakes races at six furlongs or more. (b) Open Allowance races over seven furlongs or more and (c) Overnight Allowance races at seven furlongs or longer. 

on Tuesday SPARKLE DIAMOND was slowly into stride at the off but recovered within two furlongs to dispute the lead with BOLD AFLAIR before taking charge of the event, winning in a final time of 59.2

Jockey Shane Ellis afterwards said the chestnut colt was inattentive at the gate and came out slow.

“He was acting up a bit. He turned his head and the gate opened. I just allowed him to get his legs under him. He is not really a five-straight horse but he used his class to win,” he said.

Meanwhile, three jockeys – apprentice Reyan Lewis, defending champion Anthony Thomas and Jemar Jackson – each rode two-timers on the nine-race card. Trainer Steven Todd saddled back-to-back winners, D.M. CUTIE and WINX CHIOICE, both ridden by Jackson, ending the three-day holiday carnival with five wins.

 

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