Decisive Triple Crown race postponed

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The third and final leg of the Antigua Triple Crown Series, the Governor General’s Cup, has been postponed.
President of the Antigua Turf Club (ATC), Neil Cochrane, confirmed that the deciding race, originally slated for June 11, has been pushed back by a week to accommodate the recuperation and preparation of horses running in the Barbuda Race Meet this weekend.
“We have made an adjustment for one week because we are sending over a few horses to Barbuda this weekend to race in the upcoming Caribana Race Meet on Sunday and when you look at the schedule, to have some personnel and horses go over and having to come back over is some rigorous traveling and so on,” he said.
Thoroughbred, The First Lady, has won both the Black Pineapple Stakes and the Dr Sir Cuthwin Lake Super Sprint and will be looking to close out the series on a high, taking the third and final race and the coveted Triple Crown title.
Moving the final leg, Cochrane said, also puts the turf club in a position to maximise possible spectator turnout.
“We also want to make sure that the final leg is as special as possible and with less noise (competing events) around, so that it is our time. But I know that weekend after next, we have one of the biggest shows in Antigua in ‘Stage’ so we want to make sure we are on point,” he said.
The First Lady captured the second instalment of the lucrative series on May 21, adding to her victory in the Black Pineapple Stakes.
The victories put her on course to become only the second horse to win all three races in one series. The horse defeated rivals, Serpent, who finished second and U Better Believe It, who grabbed a third place finish in the exciting contest held at the Cassada Gardens Race Track.
Demolition Man became the first Triple Crown winner after capturing all three races three years ago.

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