Multiple Canadian champion jockey PATRICK HUSBANDS took Gay Smith’s recent purchase JERRY THE NIPPER (Liam’s Map) for a spin on the Garrison Savannah turf course on February 24, getting the gelding ready for the 41st Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup this Saturday. You can view the video below from Racing Scene.

Trained by Todd Pletcher for Repole Stable, Jerry the Nipper has a record of 6-4-7 in 21 races and earnings of $544,025 and the seven-year-old was recently a troubled third by half a length in the Grade 3 Fort Lauderdale Stakes at Gulfstream Park in Florida. On Jan. 27, the bay gelding went too fast chasing a hot pace in the Pegasus World Cup Turf (G1) and he was beaten four lengths, finishing ninth. He has since been moved to owner Smith’s stable. Smith has won three Gold Cups.

Husbands, a four-time Gold Cup winner, let Jerry the Nipper run through the stretch behind stablemate Portfolio Company (Kitten’s Joy), trained by Chad Brown. Portfolio Company, a five-year-old, was bred by Ken Ramsey, who has two entrants in the eight-horse field.

The Ramsey runners, CASH EQUITY (Fr) and SPY NOVEL, have been delayed in their travel to Barbados but are expected on Tuesday.

Former Woodbine runner PAT’SSEWINGMACHINE, trained by Ted Holder, will have Rocco Bowen on board for the Gold Cup. The son of We Miss Artie, also bred by Ramsey, won the Coolmore Stakes in his first race at the Garrison.


King’s Plate winner PARAMOUNT PRINCE is nearing his first start as a four-year-old after another strong workout at Gulfstream Park on the Tapeta, Feb. 24.  The son of Society’s Chairman worked four furlongs in 48.78 in his fourth prep at Gulfstream for trainer Mark Casse.

Another Casse trainee, MY BOY PRINCE, like Paramount Prince a probable Sovereign Award champion come awards time in April, also worked on Feb. 24 but at the Ocala Training Centre, going 5 furlongs in 1:01.20.


Ontario-bred I’M A CUTIE PIE (Mendelssohn – Adorable by Smart Strike) won for the third time in her 10th start in a 1 1/8 mile allowance/optional race on the dirt at Laurel Park on Feb. 25. Bred by Saintsbury Farm, the Woodbine Oaks candidate ran the distance in 1:56.45 over a very slow surface.