Local horse owners have invested around TT$1million in the Jamaica Thoroughbred & Breeders Association (TOBA) Annual Yearling sale held last Sunday (November 10th) at Caymanas Park, Jamaica.
The highest-priced Yearling went to Deo Maharaj’s son, Chevan Maharaj, for J$4.5 million (US$30,000) over TT$200,000.
Reports are that Maharaj will be leaving the filly in Jamaica to race there. His other horse Supreme Soul which has been racing in Jamaica won the 2019 Jamaica Triple Crown.
In total Trinidadian and Jamaican owners spent JCA$180 million, which was a significant increase last year when the total was J$142,250.00.
Trainer Harold Chadee reportedly bought 11 of the 15 Yearlings that were sold to his son Dave Chadee. Chadee (Dave) has one of the biggest stables at Santa Rosa Park, Arima.
Chadee purchased a half-brother to Regal Intention for J$2.5 million (US$16,000), just over TT$100,000. Regal Intention was the winner of the Easter Guineas but failed to win the Triple Crown.
Chadee’s horses are expected to race here at home despite the ARC owing owners more than $7 million in stakes money. The ARC is still owing owners for about nine months this year. Sources say Chadee is owed some $1 million in stakes money.
Other buyers for clients were John O’Brien, and Glen Mendez.
A total of 148 lots were on offered for sale, of which 11 lots were withdrawn and a further two lots were unsold, which left 135 lots available for bidders.
T&T owners have a preference for Jamaican-bred horses which have won the majority of top class races in Trinidad over the years, including the prestigious Trinidad Derby.
This year Jamaican-bred Juice Man, who won the Trinidad Derby in September is now at Gulf Stream Park, Florida preparing to take part in the US$300,000 Clasico del Caribe next month. The three year-old colt will be representing Jamaica in the event.
The Stud Farm Association (SFA) held its Annual Yearling on Sunday outside the Members Stand at Santa Rosa Park.