ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Thoroughbred ‘Nothing Personal’ and jockey Julian “Ritical” Walters put on a fine performance at the Cassada Gardens Race Track on Sunday as they claimed the final leg of of the Antigua Turf Club (ATC) Triple Crown Series, the Governor General’s Cup.
The horse clocked two minutes and one second (02.01.01) to cross the line ahead of ‘Additional Asset’ and ‘Anarko’ to win its second leg of the Triple Crown Series.
‘Nothing Personal’s’ victory also crushed the hopes of jockey Jeff Jacobs whose aim was to win all three legs of the Triple Crown on different horses.
Jacobs piloted Anarko in the feature race.
President of the ATC, Neil Cochrane, said ‘Nothing Personal was clearly the better horse on the day.
“I want to congratulate the team that works with ‘Nothing Personal’, the owners Lorenzo Looby and Ajarni Sheppard, trainer Eustace Parker, the assistant trainer who is Ajarni as well; Meow (Lamar Emmanuel) the groom and anyone else who is associated with him for yesterday (Sunday) putting on an excellent performance and winning the Governor General’s Cup,” he said.
The first leg of the historic Triple Crown ended in a dead heat between ‘Nothing Personal’and ‘Large & In Charge,’ on April 21, while ‘Osuna’, now ‘Betty Baba’, from St Kitts captured the second leg held on May 4.
Tragedy, however, struck in the fifth race of the day when ‘White Bella,’ suffered a broken leg and fell on the track, forcing organisers to abandon the contest.
“The horse had gone down on the track itself, and out of an abundance of caution, the race was stopped because the horses had to pass in the same area where the horse fell.
“He fell pretty early in the race, just coming off about two furlongs or so. He fell down and after that the horses had to come around and pass him again.
“so out of an abundance of caution the race was actually halted,” Cochrane said.
Walters was crowned Jockey of the Day after taking victories in three of the six races contested on Sunday.
The jockey rode ‘Bella’ to victory in the Abbotts Farm Trophy before he piloted ‘Fresh Milk’ to triumph in the Top Ranking Trophy. Walters rounded off his hattrick of victories in the Governor General’s Cup.
Eustace Parker was named Trainer of the Day.