Clásico del Caribe

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The Clásico Internacional del Caribe or Caribbean Derby is the thoroughbred most important black-type stakes race in the Caribbean for three-year-old thoroughbred horses, held on the month of December. The race features the best 3-year-old colts and fillies from the countries which are members of the Confederacion Hipica del Caribe.

Clásico Internacional del Caribe
Black Type race
Clasico del Caribe 2009 (logo).jpg
"The Caribbean Derby"
LocationVariable
Inaugurated1966
Race typeThoroughbred
WebsiteClásico del Caribe
Race information
Distance1 18 miles (1,800 m)
SurfaceDirt
TrackLeft-handed
Qualification3-year-old
WeightWinner Countries: Colt/Gelding: 124 lbs
Filly: 118 lbs
Other Countries: Colt/Gelding/Filly: 116 lbs
PurseUS$300,000

Along with the celebration of the Clásico Internacional del Caribe, four other international races are programmed during the weekend festivities. These races are the Copa Velocidad (Caribbean Sprint Cup) (6f), Copa Dama del Caribe (Caribbean Ladies' Classic) (8.5f), Copa Invitacional del Caribe (10f), and the Confraternity Cup (10f) for 3 & up horses.

The 2017 edition of the Clásico Internacional del Caribe was held at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Florida. Gulfstream was the first pari-mutuel track outside of Latin American and the Caribbean to host the event.[1] Bringing for the first time World class substance abuse rules to the most important Race of the Caribbean and a LEVELED field of competition for ALL the countries which are members of the Confederacion Hipica del CAribe.

HistoryEdit

The Clásico Internacional del Caribe occurred after thirteen years of arduous work. Engineer Ramón Llobet Jr and Lic. Abelardo Ruiz Suria, among other distinguished Puerto Rican horsemen, created the event in 1966. This derby was designed in order to strengthen ties of friendship and brotherhood between the countries of the Caribbean. To be eligible to run in the Clásico a thoroughbred must be bred in one of the confederation member nations.

Panamá is the country with most winning in this black-type stakes with 15 followed by Venezuela with 13, Mexico with 11 and Puerto Rico with 8. Colombia and Dominican Republic has won the stakes only once. The Venezuelan jockey Emisael Jaramillo has more victories in this stake with 5 followed by Panamanian Cornelio Velásquez with 3.

Four jockeys have won both the Kentucky Derby and the Clasico Internacional del Caribe:

Gustavo Ávila is the only jockey to win the Preakness Stakes and the Caribbean Derby (Canonero II and Victoreado (VEN)).

Five jockeys have won the Belmont Stakes and the Caribbean Derby:

Venezuela is the only country to win on four consecutive occasions (with Bambera in 2009, Water Jet in 2010, Heisenberg in 2011 and El de Chine in 2012). On eleven occasions a country has managed to finish in the top two positions: Mexico with Guadamur and Gumiel (1969), Voy por Uno and Barrullero (1976) and Ezgarta and Gran Zar (1978); Venezuela with Rayo Laser and Gallardete (1987), Alighieri and Jib Dancer (1997), Water Jet and Gran Charlie (2010); Panama with Cortisol and Gotti (1999), and El Tigre Mono and Chantik (2016); and Puerto Rico with Vuelve Candy B. and Satin Charger (1991), Borrascoso and Shahid (2005), Soy Conquistador and Primero Nieto (2007). In 2009, for the first time officially two fillies occupied the top two positions: Bambera (VEN) and Vivian Record (MEX). In 1996 two fillies, Angelical (PAN) and La Supernova (PR), occupied the top two positions but the latter was disqualified to the 3rd position.

On one occasion a brother-sister team sired by the same horse were the first and second-place finishers: El Tigre Mono and Chantik finished 1–2 in 2016. Both were sired by Concerto.

The longest gap between winners of one country is of 14 years (Puerto Rico – Wiso G, 1968 to Guaybanex, 1982).

Pikotazo (MEX) is the only winner of the Clásico del Caribe to run in the US Triple Crown Race (in the 1980 Belmont Stakes, finishing 10th).

Verset Dancer (PR) was the first filly to win the Clásico del Caribe, also establishing a track (the then Hipodromo El Comandante) and stake record (1:50:1/5). Five more fillies beside Verset Dancer have won the Clásico del Caribe: Galilea (COL) in 1984; Angelical (PAN) in 1996; Alexia (PAN) in 2001; Bambera (VEN) in 2009 and Ninfa del Cielo (VEN) in 2014.

Verset Jet (PR), winner in 1993 is a product out of Verset Dancer (PR), winner in 1983.

Rosemary Homeister Jr. is the first (and so far only) female jockey to win the Clasico del Caribe.

Four Clasico del Caribe winners went to win the Copa Confraternidad (Confraternity Cup): Verset Jet (PR) in 1994; My Own Business (VEN) in 2002 and 2003; Soy Conquistador (PR) in 2009; and El Tigre Mono (PAN) in 2017.

Winners of the Clásico Internacional del CaribeEdit

Year Host Track Winner Jockey Trainer Owner Time
2019   Gulfstream Park   The Brother Slew Paco Lopez Paul Valery Paul Valery 1:51.76
2018   Gulfstream Park[note 1]   Kukulkan † Irad Ortiz Jr. Fausto Gutierrez Cuadra San Jorge 1:54.80
2017   Gulfstream Park[note 2]   Jala Jala ‡ Irad Ortiz Jr. Fausto Gutierrez Cuadra San Jorge 1:52.14
2016   Camarero   El Tigre Mono Felix Salgado Carlos Espino Guanti Stud Marathon 1:57.33
2015   Presidente Remón   Calinico [note 3] Jose Lezcano Alberto Paz Rodríguez Stud Campo Azul 1:57:33
2014   La Rinconada   Ninfa del Cielo ‡ Emisael Jaramillo Juan Carlos Ávila Stud El Oso Yogui 1:51.00
2013   Presidente Remón   Diamante Negro Moisés Gonzalez Ulises Silva Trejo Cuadra Mapa 1:54:54
2012   Camarero   El de Chine Emisael Jaramillo Juan Carlos Ávila Stud Monte Piedad 1:52.69
2011   Presidente Remón   Heisenberg Emisael Jaramillo Santos Mario Domínguez Stud Jabces 1:54.00
2010   La Rinconada   Water Jet † Emisael Jaramillo Gustavo Delgado Establo El Fantasma 1:48.80[note 4]
2009   Camarero   Bambera Edgar Pérez Gustavo Delgado Establo Paula-C 1:51.60
2008   Camarero   Sicótico Joel Rosario Eugenio Deschamps Establo Jacksan 1:52.54
2007   Camarero   Soy Conquistador Hector Berrios Máximo Gomez Establo Edelsam 1:50.06[note 5]
2006   El Comandante   Ay Papá Fernando Jara José Carrillo Stud Angel C 1:53.02
2005   El Comandante   Borrascoso Alexis Feliciano Sammy Garcia Silent Stable 1:54.60
2004   El Comandante   Spago † Cornelio Velásquez Moises Henriquez Stud La Marea 1:52.47
2003   El Comandante   Cafajeste Cornelio Velásquez Rafael Fernández Prado Stud Full House 1:53.73
2002   El Comandante   Gran Abuelo Angel Castillo Gustavo Delgado Stud Los Grandes 1:52.27
2001   El Comandante   Alexia ‡ Rosemary Homeister Jr. Eric Gittens Stud Campo Azul 1:54.56
2000   El Comandante   My Own Business Emisael Jaramillo Antonio Bellardi Stud Fantasia 1:51.76
1999   Presidente Remón   Cortisol Camilo Pitty Julio Torres Stud Cantón 1:52.20
1998   Santa Rosa Park   Evaristo † [note 6] Jesus Barria Roberto Arango Stud El Naranjo 1:52.22
1997   La Rinconada   Alighieri Douglas Valiente Aantonio Catanese Stud San Omero 1:50.40
1996   El Comandante   Angelical ‡ Roberto Perez Roberto Arango Stud Nakacat 1:54.73
1995   V Centenário   Locochón Javier Matías Juan Ruiz Garcia Cuadra Santa Rita 1:49.2/5
1994   El Comandante   El Gran Nano [note 7] Julio Garcia Jesus M. Rodriguez Establo Tres M. N/A
1993   El Comandante   Verset's Jet Juan Cintrón Jorge Maymo Establo Mandarria 1:51.2/5
1992   El Comandante   Leonardo † Cornelio Velásquez Alberto Paz Rodriguez Stud La Marea 1:51.3/5
1991   El Comandante   Vuelve Candy B.[note 8] Julio Garcia Candelario Bonilla Establo Nori-Annette N/A
1990   Santa Rita   Don Fabián Juan V. Tovar César Cachazo Stud Doña Félida 1:59.0 [note 9]
1989   El Comandante   Pan de los Pobres Alfredo Smith Jr. Felix Rodriguez Jr. Lucky Four Stables 1:53.1/5
1988   Caliente   Don Gabriel Humberto Enriquez Alfredo Márquez Cuadra San Gabriel 1:51.4/5
1987   El Comandante   Rayo Laser Rafael Torrealba Agustin Bezara Establo Tamborazo 1:52.3/5
1986   Caliente   Benemérito Douglas Valiente Daniel Perez Stud Gorjeadora 1:49.3/5
1985   La Rinconada   Patilargo Victor Tejada Felix Rodriguez Jr. Militza y Carlos Romero 1:58.0 [note 10]
1984   Presidente Remón   Galilea ‡ Jorge Duarte Manuel Munar Haras Santa Lucía 1:57.2/5
1983   El Comandante   Verset Dancer ‡ Santos Navarro Jose Maymo Establo Pro 1:50.1/5
1982   El Comandante   Guaybanex Juan Santiago Juan M. Rodriguez Establo Caribe 1:53.3/5
1981   El Comandante   El Cómico Victor Tejada Dario Ramos Stud Los Novatos 1:53.3/5
1980   La Rinconada   Pikotazo † Laffit Pincay Jr. Alberto Barrera Cuadra Just Horgus 1:52.1/5
1979 Not held
1978   El Comandante   Ezgarta Ruben Hernandez Eusebio Razo Beltran Cuadra Sigui 1:51.0
1977   El Comandante   Huracan Sí Argenis Rosillo Juan Vidal Stud Balbico 1:54.2/5
1976   Las Américas   Voy por Uno Gustavo Marquez Eusebio Razo Beltran Cuadra Ely 1:55.3/5
1975   La Rinconada   Teziutlán Alberto Zepeda René Castillo Jorge Sarur Aburto 2:02.0 [note 11]
1974   El Comandante   Barremina Jacinto Vásquez Alberto Paz Rodriguez Stud Characo 1:54.3/5
1973   Presidente Remón   Montecarlo † Marcel Zuñiga Felix Rodriguez Dolores de Shulte 1:57.3/5
1972 Not held
1971   La Rinconada   Nacozareño Guillermo Gavidia Tomas Lopez Altamira Cuadra Georgina 1:54.0
1970   Presidente Remón   Hashin Miguel Yanez Jose Barba Cuadra Carrusel 1:56.3/5
1969   Las Américas   Guadamur Alberto Zepeda Antonio Justo Cuadra Carrusel 1:52.4/5
1968   El Comandante   Wiso G. Carlos Lopez Diego Acevedo Cinderella Stud 1:54.1/5
1967   La Rinconada   El Comanche Ruben Contreras Claudino Hernandez Cuadra San Luis 1:56.3/5
1966   El Comandante   Victoreado Gustavo Ávila Domingo Noguera Mora Stud Raga 1:56.1/5

A † designates a Triple Crown Winner in their native country.
A ‡ designates a filly.

  • Notes:
  1. ^ First running outside of Latin America and the Caribbean
  2. ^ First running outside of Latin America and the Caribbean
  3. ^ A formal objection by second place finisher Huitlacoche's (MEX) team was dismissed by the officials.
  4. ^ Stakes Record
  5. ^ New track record at the Hipodromo Camarero
  6. ^ Disqualification of High Security (VEN) to second place
  7. ^ Disqualifications of Golden End (PR) and Waki Boy (PR) due to doping
  8. ^ Disqualifications of Rio Chamita (VEN) and Landrea (VEN) due to doping
  9. ^ Held over 1 3/16 miles (1.900 meters)
  10. ^ Held over 1 3/16 miles (1.900 meters)
  11. ^ Held over 1 3/16 miles (1.900 meters)

Winners by CountryEdit

Country Wins
  Panama 15
  Venezuela 14
  Mexico 11
  Puerto Rico 8
  Colombia 1
  Dominican Republic 1

[2][3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Gulfstream to Host 2017 Clasico Internacional del Caribe" (Press release). Hallandale Beach, Florida: Gulfstream Park. 1 July 2016. Retrieved 2 July 2016.
  2. ^ Thoroughbred database
  3. ^ Winners, in: Thoroughbred Heritage

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