Crawford Memorial shifted to May 5 …Score’s Even returns after 2 years

By Timothy Jaikarran

The Ryan Crawford Memorial Turf Club and Sports Facility at Alness Village on the Corentyne Coast in East Berbice will be hosting one of its many horse racing meets on May 5, 2019. Thus far, 28 horses have already been confirmed for the card, which consists of seven categories.
The day promises to be an exciting one, as horses from as far as Parika and Sophia will be participating in the event. According to Club President JR Crawford, the event was set to be run off on April 7, but it has been pushed to May 5 so as to facilitate Score’s Even, who is making a return after having an injury that sidelined him for two years; and Orion, who was injured in September 2018.
Crawford said both horses are in dire need of practice sessions, thus the final leg of the Triple Crown event, which will commence on April 21, will give them the much needed practice as they make their highly anticipated return to the competition.
Crawford also told this publication that there is a strong possibility that Storm Bird will be participating. He also noted that the meet will be graced by the participation of horses such as Not This Time, Lucky Star, TNT, Kentucky Woman, and more other horses.
Feature event of the meet is the Alness Classic, to be run over 1400 metres. A winning purse of $500,000 and trophy is being competed for. Other events listed on the card would see the ‘I and Lower’ horses racing over a distance of 1000 metres for a first prize of $240,000 and trophy.
The race for 3-Year-Old maiden horses, to be run over 900 metres, would carry a winning prize of $200,000 and trophy. There is an event for horses classified J and Lower, to be run over 1000 metres for the package of $170,000 and trophy. The L3 Unclassified, which is to be run over 1000 metres, would reward the winner with $100,000; and the L1 and Lower animals would be competing for a top prize of $100,000, duking it out in their 1200-metre journey. The other race is for horses classified L2 and Lower, which is open to colts and geldings. The distance to be covered is also 1000 metres, and the first prize on offer is $80,000 and a trophy.
The final event will see the L and Lower animals racing over a distance of 1200 metres for a winner’s prize of $200,000 and trophy.
All entries close on May 3, 2019. For further information, persons can contact Marcel Crawford Jr on 678-5342 or 696-9009.
Individual trophies and other incentives will be given to riders who have performed exceptionally well.