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Lopez starts night shift

Lopez starts night shift
De Conkie Man (right) with Delano Lopez came through and pipped Dream Society with Anderson Trotman on board. (Picture by Kenmore Bynoe)

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Barbados heralded a new era in its storied sporting legacy last night with the advent of horse racing under the newly installed floodlights at the Garrison Savannah.

Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley flicked the ceremonial switch to illuminate the Garrison for the Caribbean’s first occasion of night racing, in the presence of special honouree and racing magnate Sir David Seale, who was the driving force behind the idea of night racing.

Other luminaries in attendance were National Hero and cricketing legend The Right Excellent Sir Garfield Sobers, former West Indies fast bowler and former Government minister Sir Wes Hall, Minister of Sport Dwight Sutherland, Parliamentary representative for the area Kirk Humphrey and Minister of Home Affairs, Information and Public Affairs Wilfred Abrahams.

Delano Lopez will go down in history as he became the first jockey to win a night race at the Garrison.

He piloted The Conkie Man to a narrow victory in The Dancin David Trophy over 1 100 metres for West Indian-bred two-year-old maidens in a time of 1:08.01 minutes. (NM)

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