At least one new horse is expected to grace the turf while another is set for a return to the Cassada Gardens Race Track this weekend, as the Antigua Turf Club host its March Madness meet on Sunday.
This is according to Turf Club President Neil Cochrane, who said that one new thoroughbred, Sir Whiskey, which will be trained by former West Indies cricketer and owner of Fresh Milk, Winston Benjamin, is set to make its debut.
“I think he is a part of the group of horses for Dwayne [Baba] Thwaites and the Myers and so on so he is making his debut on Sunday. Full Throttle, which was originally Additional Asset, was sold to Barbuda but he is back and is going to run for the first time in Antigua for this year, so he is going to be racing in that race,” he said.
The meet, which will be the third for the year, will also see the rekindling of old rivals on a track Cochrane believes will be ready for the anticipated showdown.
“The rain has helped us because the track was pretty dry… It needed some moisture…so that has helped significantly. The preparations have gone well so it has no way, adversely affected preparations. Last evening [Wednesday], I received the template for the race card and we have filled out five races so far,” he said.
“The feature race will see the First Lady, Demolition Man and Sexy Cuba in a key match-up and the race below that is, You Better Believe It, Serpent and Da Queen B,” the turf boss added.
Gates on Sunday will open at 12 noon. Admission is $20 per adult and $10 per child.