Good Prospecting victorious again at Phipps track
Published: September 10, 2012
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ST. THOMAS - Good Prospecting continued his love affair with Clinton Phipps Racetrack - and Goodeveningofficer won a battle between the ladies.
The BVI's Good Prospecting, the two-time winner of the Governor's Cup, returned to St. Thomas and won the feature race while Goodeveningofficer won the first leg of the St. Thomas-St. John Horse Association's Queens Dance Triple Crown in front of a large crowd on Sunday.
There were eight exciting races on the card.
"Good Prospecting runs well here every time," St. Thomas-St. John Racing Secretary Kareem Thompson said. "Gato Paso just ran on St. Croix last weekend, and Bud White came up with an injury, but it was still another big win for the Tortola horse."
With jockey Eddie Vas aboard, Good Prospecting won the 1-mile race in 1 minute and 38 seconds to collect a majority of the $5,500 purse.
Sweet Sight was second in the feature race and Wise Option took third. Gato Paso had won two of three in the territory, and Bud White stole the second leg of the Johnnie Walker V.I. Triple Crown earlier in the year, but both scratched.
In a battle between some of the top mares and fillies in the region, Goodeveningofficer came out on top while Miss Tequila was the runner-up in a two-horse race.
"Yeah, the owners for Goodeveningofficer said they will sweep this triple crown, and they invite all the top mares and fillies from St. Croix to join in on the fun," Thompson said. "This was a statement race for her."
With Vas aboard, Goodeveningofficer won the 1-mile race in 1:38 and her camp won a majority of the $6,000 winnings, the biggest purse of the day.
Thompson said the second leg of the St. Thomas-St. John mares and fillies triple crown will be held Oct. 28; the final leg will be in December. St. Croix debuted its own triple crown for mares and fillies last weekend.
Whoshotthesherrif and Out Of Wine were on the race card for the battle between the ladies, but both were late scratches.
"We did not have any St. Croix horses and only three from Tortola on the whole day," Thompson said.
Vas, who usually races horses in Delaware, was the winning jockey in the three final races of the day.
Thompson said the next set of races on St. Thomas will be held Oct. 28.
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St. Thomas Horse Races
Clinton Phipps Racetrack, Sunday
Race 1, 6 furlongs, $3,000
1. More Current, E. Barnes, 1:13
Race 2, 6 furlongs, $3,400
1. Cash In Carry, J. Hernandez, 1:12
3. Game On
Race 3, 7½ furlongs, $3,400
1. Rob and Jeff, J. Hernandez, 1:34
3. Charlie The Runner
Race 4, 7½ furlongs, $3,700
1. Mr. Golf Prospect, J. Lopez, 1:33
2. Tiger Glider
3. Dashing Pirate
Race 5, 6 furlongs, $4,500
1. Broken Home, E. Vas, 1:09
2. News Carrier
Race 6, 1 mile, $6,000
1. Goodeveningofficer, E. Vas, 1:38
2. Miss Tequila
Race 7, 1 mile, $5,500
1. Good Prospecting, E. Vas, 1:38
2. Sweet Sight
3. Wise Option
Race 8, 1 mile, $4,000
1. Twisted Dream, E. Vas, 1:38
2. Voice Of Faith
3. Khun Dan
Source: St. Thomas-St. John Racing Secretary Kareem Thompson