Jalon Samuel takes his 4th Gold Cup, and opens more doors to Canada
Jalon Samuel and the owners, and trainers of Sir Dudley Digges along with the Prime Minister of Barbados, the Rt. Hon. Freundel Stuart during the Gold Cup presentation.
They say the third time is the charm, and for Jalon Samuel who has pulled a hat-trick, it seems to be true.
Jalon today, March 3, has taken his third consecutive win in the Sandy Lane Gold Cup. Sitting atop Sir Dudley Digges, Jalon etched his name in the annals of history once again.
This is four times back-to-back Jalon has crossed the finished line in the Sandy Lane Gold Cup first, but on the first occasion, he was disqualified on a technicality. That mistake was a well-learnt lesson and one that the dedicated jockey has never repeated.
Jalon also won the 2012 Sandy Lane Gold Cup, but with three official Gold Cup consecutive wins now under his belt, at 24 years old, Jalon is sitting pretty with horse owners looking at him as the one to hire.
This was the word from the grandson of Kenneth Ramsay, Nolan Ramsay.
Speaking to Loop News after the race as he stood beside his fiancee Katie Clawson he explained how Jalon got to be in the saddle for them today.
Asserting that "absolutely" they went after the young rider with tenacity, he said, "I thought he was a very talented rider. I liked the way he rode the last few times I've been down here. I thought he was a perfect fit for the horse; turns out it was. He gave him a flawless ride and ended up with the Gold Cup...
"I've been down here the last two years and got beaten [by Jalon] so it was good to finally win, and I got to do it with my fiancee here, so it was very special."
Asked if this means that Jalon will be travelling with Digges, he smiled and added:
"Duddley Digges being an Ontario-bred we will probably take him to Canada so we've extended a welcome to him to come up there and ride for us, so it's up to him."
Four wins and his fourth win on the day, Jalon finished the Gold Cup day at the top of the ranks.
The owner of Sir Dudley Digges, Kenneth Ramsay told the media after being presented with the Sandy Lane Gold Cup by the Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Freundel Stuart:
"We're going to have to take him to Canada and take him with us. We'd be going to Woodbine. I don't know if he will be riding up there full-time or not. I don't know. I haven't talked to him, but if he comes to Woodbine, we'd certainly put him on Sir Dudley Digges. That's his horse!
"We try to reward success. So he put us on the map down here for the third time, we take care of him."
According to Kenneth Ramsay, Jalon stuck to the plan. Sir Dudley Digges came from behind. "Jalon was to keep him back in the middle of the pack, and when the rest of them faded out, here he comes, and that is exactly what happened. He just blew by!"
Sir Dudley Digges has some big spots in Canada, and his owner reiterated, once Jalon says 'yes', "We'll take him to Canada and let Jalon ride him."