Really Uptown goes for 2nd leg of Triple Crown

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Really Uptown began the chase for the V.I. Triple Crown with an easy win. On Sunday, he will look to take the next step toward V.I. horse racing history as he competes in the Flamboyant Stakes - the 12th race in a 13-race St. Croix Agricultural Fair Weekend race card scheduled to start at 11:30 a.m. at Randall "Doc" James Racetrack.

The first leg of the V.I. Triple Crown saw Really Uptown cruise to a win in the $10,000 Turtle Dove Classic at Ellis Thomas Downs on Tortola in January. He covered the 1-1/16 mile contest in 1 minute and 49.2 seconds, well ahead of second-place Gato Paso of St. Croix. The same field, with a few additions, returns on Sunday for a 1⅛-mile contest worth a healthy $13,000 - $11,500 of which is guaranteed.

Gato Paso, third-place finisher Good Prospecting of Tortola, and fourth-place finisher Sweet Sight of St. Thomas will all look for better results this time around. Also joining the competition will be Slevin, whose rivalry with Really Uptown was stalled in the Turtle Dove after he was scratched with a hoof injury.

St. Croix's Political Reporter rounds out the field.

Race No. 11, the Racheal Canegata Classic, will feature five fillies competing over 7½ furlongs for a $7,500 purse. Lea the Punisher will look to continue the success she had last time out in her win in the $9,200 Big Gyal Rule Stakes during the Thanksgiving Day weekend races. She will be joined by Leggy Blonde, Turned to Gold, Ohbabyobeyme, and Blake'sluckypenny of Tortola.

Another $7,500 will be at stake in Race No. 9, which will cover six furlongs. St. Thomas' Twisted Dream will try for another win on St. Croix after winning the Dennis Brow Farewell Christmas Classic during the Boxing Day races, while Drink at Last Call will look for a winning streak after winning the $4,500 Oliver Cills Showdown on Tortola last month. Berberis, Winning Actor, Bambi Bound, and Broken Home of Tortola complete the field.

The $7,000 Ag Fair Classic will cover one mile and feature several well known St. Croix horses: Puertorican Emblem, Expect Smoke Mister Unitas and Congo. Tortola's Gaffalione will also compete.

The day will begin with a contest covering five furlongs and worth $4,000. Midnight Redemption and Victoria's Secret will both be making their debuts, while the rest of the field will consist of Miss Evadney's Pride, JPD Yung, Small Man, Mother Mel, Delilah and Running Pryor.

- Race No. 2 will cover seven furlongs and also pay out $4,000. Moma Africa, Spitfire Red, Lost Explorer, Grace Alley, Quilla, John the Baptist, Rey de los Ricos, and Cash City make up the field.

- Race 3 is 7½ furlongs and worth $4,300, with Miss Kosi, Fast Return, Hilary Boss, Diamond Colony, Crystal Blessing and Mama Linda making up the field.

The next three races will also cover 7½ furlongs.

- The $4,700 Race No. 4 will have Burn the Harp facing El Hombre Grande, I Confess, Neerly Nasty, Australis Forever, Going Blue and Blast of Macho.

- Races No. 5 & 6 will both be worth $5,300. Race 5 will see Morning Sunday and Baby Bopp both make their debuts against Whoshotthesheriff, Apron Dance, Syrophoenician, Dona Gongui and Estrella Del Dia, while Race No. 6 will have Derby Nation make his debut against Johann Slew, San Viron, Little Boy Brew, Joyful Minister and Black Machine.

- Race No. 7 will cover one mile and is worth $6,000 . Lucky Yair and St. Thomas' X Pleasure will make their debuts against Her Argument, Green Sand, A Bit of Madness, Costly Approval and Aerial Storm.

- St. Thomas' Tiger Glider will make his debut in Race No. 8 against Plotter, Black Jack Bob, According to Jesus, Simon Sez Run, Full House Project, Beantown and Bruno's Burst as they race over one mile for the $6,200 purse.

The day will come to an end in the Open V.I. Bred Race, which will cover one mile and is worth $4,600. Cruzan Emerald, Joe Boss, Super Pop, Yahboribo's Weapon, King of Kings and Creation Rebel make up the field.

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