Slevin to miss first leg of V.I. Triple Crown
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TORTOLA - A hoof injury has knocked St. Croix's Slevin out of Sunday's opening leg of the second annual Virgin Islands Triple Crown, putting on hold his budding rivalry with Tortola's Really Up Town, who has beaten him in his last two outings.
The opening leg, which is more than 1 and 1/16 miles at Ellis Thomas Downs in Sea Cows Bay, would have seen two horses each from St. Thomas, St. Croix and Tortola competing for the $10,000 Ellis Thomas Cup.
But with Slevin out, that leaves Tortola's Really Up Town and Good Prospecting - a two-time Governor's Cup champ - against St. Thomas' Sweet Sight and Twisted Dream as well as St. Croix's Gato Paso, who will make his BVI debut in the feature race.
There was no Triple Crown winner last year after Bud White came into the picture to beat Slevin, who won the inaugural race on Tortola last January. Slevin was defeated by Really Up Town over a mile on Boxing Day; it was Slevin's second straight setback to his Tortola rival in two months. This came after Really Up Town beat him over 7 furlongs at Randall "Doc" James Racetrack on St. Croix during Thanksgiving Day weekend. Really Up Town was seeking his own triple against Slevin.
BVI Horse Racing Association public relations officer Paul Hewlett said while they are saddened by the turn of events in regards to Slevin, they hope he can recover soon enough to face Really Up Town in the race everyone wants to see.
"James Bates wants to avenge that 0-2 hole he has fallen into to Really Up Town, so we'll now have to wait until Slevin is healthy again," Hewlett said. "This is going to be a big matchup. We hope Slevin recovers soon."
The second leg of the Triple Crown is scheduled for Feb. 27 on St. Croix for the Randall "Doc" James Cup. The distance is 1â mile.
The final leg, the Leroy Gottlieb Classic on St. Thomas, will cover more than 1 mile on March 17.
Based on the Triple Crown Challenge regulations, there's a guaranteed $10,000 purse for each of the legs. A victory is worth six points, while it is four points to place and two points for show. Unlike last year when Bud White joined the fray and beat Slevin, no other horse will be added to the field during the course of the series.
For Sunday's races, early bird tickets cost $12 and can be purchased at Aaron's Car Rentals, Speedy's, Native Son, or from Horse Racing Association members. Race day tickets cost $15.
Race No. 1 - 6 Furlongs for Class D Horses, $4,000
Walk the Tiger (STT)
Race No. 2 - 6Â½ Furlongs for Class C&D Horses $4,500
Good Boy Daddy
Drink At Last Call (STX, debut)
Green Light Special (STT, debut)
Race No. 3 - 1 Mile for Class B&C Horses, $6,000
Khun Dan (STT)
Race No. 4 - 1Mile Open for Fillies & Mares, $5,000
Blake Lucky Penny
Good Evening Officer (STT)
Race No. 5 - 1-1/16 Miles for Class A Horses - Ellis Thomas Cup, $10,000
Gato Paso (STX, debut)
Sweet Sight (STT)
Twisted Dream (STT)
Really Up Town
BVI track and field season begins Saturday
The BVI Athletics Association Gatorade Development Track and Field Series will open the 2013 season on Saturday at A. O. Shirley Recreation Grounds with new features. The series runs through March 1.
Each meet of the Gatorade Series will be named after someone in athletics, and three of the five meets on the card will be held on Friday afternoons starting at 5:30.
Since the CAC Age Group Championships are scheduled for CuraÃ§ao on June 29-30, each meet will feature events catering to the 11-12 and 13-14 age groups as they prepare for the multidiscipline event.
The first race in the series begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday with the Hastings Grant Memorial, which will be followed by the Tahesia Harrigan-Scott Classic on Jan. 25. The Rose Phillips King-Adams Classic is set for Feb. 2, and the Johnny Hassan Relays are on Feb. 22. The series will conclude with the Rey O'Neal Fast Time on March 1, ahead of the National Junior Championships, which also serves as the CARIFTA Games Trials, on March 9.
All clubs should have their dues paid and their rosters submitted.
The list of events in Saturday's Gatorade/Hastings Grant Memorial Development Series: 1. Javelin: U-15, Open, Masters
2. High jump: U-11, U-20
3. 3000M: Open, Masters
4. 100/110 Hurdles
5. 150m: U-9, U-11
6. 200m:U-13, Open, Masters
7. Shot put: U-13, Open, Masters. (13-14). (3kg,4kg,5kg)
8. 300/400MH: U-17, Open
9. 600M: U-11, U-13
10. 800m: U-15, Open, Masters
11. Baseball throw: U-9 (11-12/13-14)
All events cater to men and women. The start time is 10 a.m.
- Dean Greenaway is a Daily News correspondent based on Tortola.