The BGLC Race Day:
Power, speed and victory unleashed will be theme and all that’s thrilling at the featured 19th renewal of the BGLC Trophy over 1,100 metres (5 ½ furlongs) for the top-quality field of three-year-old -and-up contenders, on BGLC Emancipation Race Day at Caymanas Park on Tuesday, August 1 – an event celebrating the commitment of the Betting Gaming & Lotteries Commission (BGLC) to the sport of kings.
“A field of ten is expected to face the starter for this important Grade Two sprint event of the racing calendar”, said Vitus Evans, Executive Director of the BGLC. On offer will be a premium purse of $1.7million with the winning owner, breeder, trainer, jockey and groom receiving commemorative trophies, compliments of the BGLC. Rivalry is again expected to be keen with the race won last year by Mahogany, first runner up to horse of the year Atomica.
There is feverish anticipation as well for the secondary features of a race card marking the opening account of the two-year-olds with the 3rd running of the BGLC / TOBA (Thoroughbreds, Owners, Breeders Association) Juvenile Dash for 2-year-old-maidens over 600 metres straight. Yet another event for main contenders, the race was won last year by Legit Boss, voted the champion two-year-old filly. Offering a fancy purse of $1.5million, the event also attracts an owner bonus of $2million for the 1st – 6th placed horses that’s also shared with the breeder of the winning horse.
The other secondary feature is the annual renewal of the Emancipation Day Trophy for claiming horses ($750 – $600,000) over 1300 metres by the ‘constantly threatening’ Baton Rouge. The purse for this key event will be $990,000 with a trophy also awarded to the winning owner.
Complimenting the race card’s theme – Power, speed and victory unleashed are the novel names of the other contending events, among them The Victory Sprint, The Golden Gallop, The Fast Lane Sprint and the Thundering Hooves.
Said Evans, “the August 1 Emancipation race day, a staple for the BGLC, will this year mark awards for unsung heroes of Caymanas Park.” The Commission will also package a number of activities for event patrons -tokens for punters, community talent parade and messages on Responsible Gambling throughout the day.
The maintained mission of the BGLC is one of ensuring a safe, integral rules-based environment where members of the public not only enjoy the ‘sport of kings’ but other wagering and gaming pleasures.
Entries for the day’s card close on Thursday, July 27, with post time for the first race on August 1 at 12 noon.