Jockey Brian Boodramsingh made yesterday’s 84th running of the Trinidad Derby a fairy-tale of his own as he piloted Jamaican-bred colt Momentum to an historic victory in the high-appeal stamina-test money-spinning event at Santa Rosa Park, Arima.
Though the rider who partnered the John O’Brien-trained Rupert Indar Junior-owned colt to six consecutive wins and a second place prior to yesterday’s eighth career race, the season-leading Boodramsingh was not booked by connections for the blue ribboned Derby spectacular.
But Barbadian ace jockey Patrick Husbands, a headline act in Canadian racing and contracted to come to ride the colt, communicated his last-minute unavailability.
Momentum’s connections reunited Boodramsingh with the colt and they won the 2000-metre long Derby race to complete a sweep of the Triple Crown series that counted victories in the other two jewels of the crown, the 1800-metre Easter Guineas and the 1900-metre Midsummer Classic.
The Triple Crown achievement was the third in centralised racing history at Santa Rosa Park where in 2001 trainer Glen Mendez saddled Carnival Messiah, the first of the two, his two, previous winners – Top Of The Class in 2003 the other.
Jamaican interest in the race was virtually sky-high as the racing fraternity there were backing their previously unbeaten filly Princess Popstar to win the half-a-million TT-dollar Grade One race.
But fed coverage of race courtesy POWER 102.1fm and K.L.A.S ESPN SPORTS FM 89 in Jamaica, they heard Momentum sprinting clear of the chasing pack, pursued by eventual second-placed Princess Popstar who was the wagered short-odds favourite with Wilmer Galviz, TT’s defedning champion jockey up. Momentum, winner by three and a quarter lengths, was the second choice at 8 to 5.
Third place was the lone TT-bred horse in the 11-runner contest, Glorious Country, trained by Glen Mendez and ridden by Rinald Ali.
Momentum earned connections the $300, 000 first prize out of $500, 000 stakes.