Sparkle Diamond set to shine bright at Caymanas Park today
SPARKLE DIAMOND, the United States-bred colt, who has won two of three starts and catching birds at exercise, faces six rivals over five-furlong straight in Caymanas Park’s opening event on the Independence Day holiday racing card on Tuesday.
The speedy chestnut colt takes on overnight allowance horses, his first step towards meeting conditions for the US$115,000 Diamond Mile set for November 9, featuring the country’s top horses, led by Wayne DaCosta’s SHE’S A MANEATER and her United States-bred stablemate, STRANGER DANGER.
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.
Since finishing next-to-last on his March 30 debut, SPARKLE DIAMOND, on moving from Paul Charlton to Ralph Porter’s barn for his last two races, has clocked 1:05.3 and 58.3 in back-to-back races at five and a half and five furlongs round, respectively.
Shane Ellis will partner the speedster in the first race, which opens the nine-race card at 1:00 p.m.