Derby top three will be back for St Leger
Given the tremendous three-cornered duel in the June 25 Cal's Jamaica Derby, the three principals should make the 90th running of the ISP Finance Services Limited Jamaica St Leger over 2000 metres on Saturday, July 16 at Caymanas Park a race worth going miles to see.
This was the view of Caymanas Track Limited's (CTL) racing secretary Denzil Miller Jr. at yesterday's launch of the season's final classic which offers a total purse of $3.5 million inclusive of $750,000 from ISP.
In addition, the company will donate a grand total of $1.2 million with $50,000 each going to the purses of the other nine races on the card.
Miller disclosed that the top three in the derby - disqualified winner FUTURE KING, BIGDADDYKOOL and ORPHEUS, who was awarded first place following a lengthy stewards' inquiry - have been confirmed for this St Leger rematch and he envisages an even more intense battle for top honours over the shorter distance of 2000 metres.
Speaking on behalf of the sponsor, Dennis Smith, cheif executive officer of ISP Finance Services, emphasised the strong relationship with stakeholders at the track.
"For the past four years we have been servicing the racing community with our On Track product. Ask any groom, jockey or striving trainer and they can testify to the service we provide. This product was specially created to service a need in the racing industry for expediting the payment of purses.
'We believe that with our intervention we have made a positive impact on the racing industry and look forward to a continued relationship to the benefit of all stakeholders," said Smith. Popular entertainer D'Angel will a guest performer on St Leger Day.