Diamond Mile top 25 money earners
…some interesting horses making the list, while some major contenders still have work to do
BY OBSERVER RACING
The time for the Betting Gaming and Lotteries Commission-sponsored Diamond Mile, the richest race in local racing, is drawing nigh. This year's edition is set for Saturday, December 1 at Caymanas Park.
Leading the list of money earners up to Sunday, August 26, 2018 are the two automatic qualifiers, Drone Strike winner of the Derby and She's A Maneater, the defending champion who has made her unwanted and unwarranted qualifying marks quite easily.
The ever-consistent three-year-old Marquesas, winner of the St Leger, tops the list of actual earners with over $4 million. Oaks heroine Fayrouz seems almost certain to be in the Diamond Mile, if this is the wish of the connections, having already earned over $3.5 million in the racing year thus far.
The much improved and ultra-consistent Another Bullet, from the camp of in-form trainer Patrick Wacky Lynch with earnings close to $3 million, is almost certain to have a Diamond Mile starting stall at his disposal.
Will In Charge, now among the two best in the land, occupies the seventh slot on the earning list with $2.2 million.
The top 10 list of earners for the Diamond Mile is completed by Mr Universe, Money Magnet and Siempre Bueno.
Notably missing from the list so far is the Diamond Mile runner-up for the last two years, Bigdaddykool who, to say the least, has been having a challenging season. Bigdaddykool can still make it to the lucrative gathering on December 1, as there is still the Superstakes and the Caymanas Invitational Mile to come. The winners of both these races are guaranteed automatic entry in the Diamond Mile.
Of special note also is that the winner of the first two Diamond Mile races, Seeking My Dream, is way down the list in position number 23.
2018 DIAMOND MILE MONEY EARNERS - TOP 25
2018 DIAMOND MILE MONEY LEADERS BY EARNINGS AS AT SUNDAY AUGUST 26, 2018
---HORSES ---------- EARNINGS
1 *DRONE STRIKE 4,498,300
2 *SHE’S A MANEATER $1,950,550
3 MARQUESAS $4,339,575
4 FAYROUZ $3,736,000
5 ANOTHER BULLET $2,955,100
6 DISABILITY CHARM $2,634,800
7 WILL IN CHARGE $2,225,550
8 MR UNIVERSE $2,149,650
9 SIEMPRE BUENO $2,092,100
10 MONEY MAGNET $2,064,400
11 PERFECT NEIGHBOUR $1,818,150
12 DONTAE $1,796,700
13 DRUMMER BOY $1,791,000
14 ORPHEUS $1,703,450
15 UNCLE FRANK $1,697,600
16 MARVELLOUS MARVA $1,510,650
17 SARAH LEE $1,433,250
18 DYSFUNCTIONAL $1,410,000
19 CHACE THE GREAT $1,375,900
20 LOTTERY TICKET $1,327,200
21 UNCLE TAF $1,045,300
22 JAMAI RAJA $1,041,950
23 SEEKING MY DREAM $1,004,700
24 BIRDIE MY LOVE $984,200
25 HOUDINI’S MAGIC $968,250
*DENOTE AUTOMATIC QUALIFIERS
(i) Automatic first preference entry to the winner of the 2017 running of Diamond Mile providing that this horse has raced in a minimum of two Grade I races and finished 1st to 3rd in at least one race (Nomination fee applicable). Automatic first preference entry to the winners of the 2018 running of The Jamaica Derby(GR.I); The Superstakes(GR.I); the Caribbean Sprint Championship (GR.I); and the Caymanas Invitational Mile(GR.I)(Nomination fee applicable).
(ii) All other horses will be selected based on their year-to-date earnings (JMD$) (Jan. 1, 2018 – November 30, 2018). Earnings in Restricted Stakes, Restricted Allowance I,II,III,IV and/or V, Maiden and claiming races are not considered.