Thwaites: Baba-Baba is an exceptional horse

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Owner of thoroughbred Baba-Baba, Dr. Dwayne “Baba” Thwaites, believes the horse will be difficult to be beaten by any of the other animals currently competing at the Cassada Gardens Race Track.
His prediction comes following Sunday’s Celebration Meet put on by the Antigua Turf Club (ATC) during which, Baba-Baba outclassed the field to take the feature contest.
“Baba is an exceptional horse and I don’t know if you watched the video of the race but the jockey did not even touch the horse. Once he got in front, every time they tried to come closer to him the horse would just move out so that’s a horse that’s built to run, that’s a lot of horse power. He [the jockey] didn’t even have to touch the horse one way or the other, actually he put the whip in his pocket,” he said.
Baba-Baba clocked one minute and nine seconds as he ran ahead of Baba Yaga and Syrian Soca to dominate the contest in front of a moderate turnout at the Gardens.
The field was however not the largest this time around as a number of horses, including those from the First Triple Crown Stables, pulled out of a number of races following their own assessment of the track.
“The track was a little heavy, it was softer but it wasn’t anything major. When you look at the majority of the tracks across the world, the top soil is a little bit soft so it clings to the feet and for ours it’s a little bit worst because we have a mixture of clay in it so it makes it a little difficult so the speed you would get on the harder track is not what you would get on something that is as soft as we have right now,” the owner said.
Meanwhile, President of the turf club, Neil Cochrane, said the meet was a success despite a lower-than-expected turnout.
“Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to the fans that came out. It wasn’t a big race day in terms of attendance, but certainly in terms of entertainment value, it definitely was and you definitely have to give the love to Baba and Baba [Dwayne Thwaites] and Super D [Devon O’Garro] and the entire crew, they are definitely on top of their game right now,” he said.
In other results, Maths Craft claimed the first race of the day, Lady Kaka was winner in the second race, Boobey Ally was triumphant in race number three and Lynn’s Image bagged race number four.
The turf club will host its Independence Race Meet on January 4.

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