Frankie Dettori is the most famous jockey in the world of horse racing, so it was a huge occasion in 2014 when he traveled across to the Caribbean to feature in one of the biggest races of the year, the Caribbean Champions Stakes.
The Italian-born rider partnered Bigman In Town to victory, breaking the track record at Santa Rosa Park in the nine furlong contest with a time of 1:51:00. Dettori commented after the race that he did not even break a sweat on board the former Caribbean Horse of the Year.
Gary Subratie’s runner ended his career as one of the leading horses of his generation. He won the Caribbean Champions Stakes twice and he received strong praise from Dettori.
Dettori Could Be Back in The Caribbean in 2024
Dettori was expected to retire in 2023 but he has now made a U-turn on that announcement, so he should still feature in the biggest Flat races in 2024. In the bet horses online market, King Of Steel, one of the runners that gave the Italian major success in 2023, is +3300 to win the 2024 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, and it would be no surprise if Dettori was on board the horse in that race.
The 52-year-old is expected to travel to the United States in December where will ride at Santa Anita for the second consecutive year. The former British Champion Jockey has signed up to ride for Bob Baffert in California.
With no commitments in the UK, Dettori may be back in the Caribbean in 2024, as he has revealed that he enjoys visiting different parts of the world to ride in the sport. 10 years on from his memorable victory on board Bigman In Town, should he get the opportunity, he could feature again in the Caribbean Champions Stakes.
Caribbean Racing Given a Boost with Cassada Gardens Race Track Development News
There was further good news for Caribbean racing recently, as discussions have been held about developing Cassada Gardens Race Track, with the view to making it one of the best venues in the Caribbean.
The Antigua Turf Club (ATC) has held talks with investment groups to set out a business plan that would make the racecourse sustainable for the future, and improve the facilities, including the barns and the track.
Prime Minister Gaston Browne has been involved in the talks, as the government sees the Cassada Gardens Race Track as an important part of Antigua. With the right investment, it could become one of the leading racecourses in the world.
Racing is expected to return to Cassada Gardens Race Track in the opening quarter of 2024. With development talks well underway, it is a huge boost to the jockeys, trainers, and owners that regularly feature at the Antigua venue.
If Caribbean racing can attract Dettori and other leading jockeys to their racecourses next year, popularity in the sport can continue to grow, and we may see memorable moments like we did in the 2014 Caribbean Champions Stakes.
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