The United Insurance Barbados Derby, one of the most prestigious horse races on the island, begins today at Garrison Savannah, Barbados, at 4:55pm. A purse of $68,000 is at stake in the race for three-year-old West Indian-bred animals. The Barbados Turf Club will broadcast live racing and commentary via VOB 92.9 radio station.
According to Nation News, one of the pre-race favorites is Leave It to Me. Observers say that “the bay filly had a workout at the Garrison with the Panamanian-born, Trindadian-based Nobel Abrego in the saddle.”
The Horse Racing track in Barbados is at the Garrison Savannah which is less than two miles outside the capital of Bridgetown. It has been the home of horse racing since the colonial days of 1845. The officers of the British Regiment, who were stationed in Barbados, used what was then the parade ground to match their horses in races and the wealthy merchants and planters later joined them. The Barbados Turf Club, which regulates and promotes horse racing in Barbados, was established in 1905 and organizes three (3) seasons of racing per year. These meetings run from January to April, May to August, and from October to December.
For article, see http://www.nationnews.com/articles/view/derby-heat/
For more information on the Derby, see http://www.barbadosturfclub.com/entries%20and%20weights/entriesandweights.aspx
For live coverage, see http://vob929.ocmnet.net/VOB/Home.aspx
Photo of Patrick Husbands (in yellow cap), winner of the Sandy Lane Gold Cup 2010, from http://www.totallybarbados.com/barbados-photos/Sport_Photos/Barbados_Sandy_Lane_Gold_Cup_2010/