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THE TRINIS ARE COMING!

Three T&T horses expected to run in this year's Diamond Mile

BY RUDDY ALLEN
Observer staff reporter

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

The third running of the US$115,000 Diamond Mile is poised to host its first overseas runners, as three Trinidad-based horses – Leading Lady , Thisonesforron and Saragon – are set to make the trip to run in Jamaica's richest race.

The Diamond Mile set for December 2 is sponsored by the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission in association with Supreme Ventures Limited.

Trainer of Leading Lady and Thisonesforron, 15-time Trinidad champion John O'Brien, revealed on Sunday at the annual Yearling Sale held at Caymanas Park that he is in the process of finalising the travel and vaccination arrangements to have both horses in Jamaica for the Diamond Mile.

“We are planning on bringing in two horses to run in the Jamaican Diamond Mile next month. They are Leading Lady and Thisonesforron. They are expected to travel and reach Jamaica on the Tuesday before the race. If we meet all the vaccine requirements at the quarantine and we put all the things together, then we will come that Tuesday for sure,” O'Brien informed.

Leading Lady, a three-year-old chestnut filly by Adore The Gold - My Legacy, was bred in Jamaica by Joseph Duany. In her nine career starts, Leading Lady has a record of five wins, two second-placed finishes and two thirds, with earnings of TT$538,720. Her victories included this year's Trinidad and Tobago Derby, the Midsummer Classic, the Grade Two Gleneagles Stakes, and the Grade Two St Ann's Stakes.

Thisonesforron is a Canadian-bred six-year-old bay horse by Gilded TimeMuddy Miss, who scored victories in the Independence Cup and Gold Cup last year, and was voted as the 2016 Trinidad and Tobago Horse of the Year.

“Both of them won their last races. Leading Lady was supposed to run this week but the Oaks was cancelled, while Thisonesforron ran and won. Both are in fine fettle and hopefully they will run well here.

“Here in Jamaica the racetrack is different from ours, so we are hoping that they will do well. I don't know as yet, but we might bring one jockey as well,” the trainer said.

The third runner, is Saragon, bred in Trinidad and Tobago, is a four-year-old bay filly by Guccio - Just Watch Me and is trained by Glenn Mendez.

At Sunday's Yearling Sale, O'Brien purchased three yearlings: Lot 55, a chestnut filly by Blue Pepsi LodgeGood Prospect for $1.6 million; Lot 59, a chestnut filly by Western Classic Wheels Of Law for $1.8 million, and Lot 71, a bay colt by Nuclear Wayne Classic Princess for $2.5 million.

“We come here every year to purchase horses. This year, the sale was very slow compared to previous years. This year, the number of horses available was limited,” said O'Brien.