All set for Derby Saturday
The 71st running of the Barbados Derby is set for Saturday.And for the 26th year, sponsor United Insurance Company Ltd has renewed its partnership with the Barbados Turf Club for the third and most precious jewel of the Barbados Triple Crown.The first United Insurance Barbados Derby was won in 1985 by Happy Style, and this year’s race has attracted 17 entrants.United Insurance general manager David Alleyne, in outlining details of United’s sponsorship, said: “After last year’s memorable 25th anniversary sponsorship, the company is throwing its full support behind the Barbados Turf Club and we are looking forward to an excellent day of racing, and to seeing the public come out in their numbers.”This year United will be featuring its latest Star Treatment Service, with a race named after the new service. This race has attracted 24 entrants and has been spilt into two divisions, “A” and “B”. Alleyne added: “Sports and exercise are essential to social life in the Caribbean and fundamental to physical development, especially for the youth, and should not be put on the back burner.”In closing, Alleyne promised: “United will do its best to carve out financial support for sports each year.”Managing director Andy Toppin was on hand to present the sponsorship cheque to Christopher Gibbs, director of the Barbados Turf Club.“The Barbados Turf Club is very grateful and thankful to United for its continued sponsorship, and support of the Derby and horse racing,” Gibbs said as he stressed the value of the Turf Club’s longest standing sponsor. Barbados Derby at a glance.Record holdersTelevision won the first running of the Barbados Derby back in 1940.Cyril Deb Barnard is the most successful owner (six), and breeder (seven); winning the coveted race between 1951 and 1972. William C. Marshall is the most decorated trainer with nine winners between 1985 and 2004.Challenor Jones is the most successful jockey with 11 wins between 1962 and 1979. He also trained five Derby winners and has teamed with son Johno Jones to capture four Derby victories between 1986 and 1996.The Boston John-trained Fresh Milk holds the track record for this race in a time of 2:06.3.