Saint Lucia is getting set to host what has been dubbed ‘ the richest race in the Caribbean’, with a grand prize for the main event set at USD$150,000.00.
Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has announced that the goal of the Pitons Cup is to bring notable and established horse owners and breeders to own horses in Saint Lucia.
He noted on his official Facebook page that the horses will be maintained by the locals, creating employment for many Saint Lucians.
Chastanet recalled that Wednesday a press conference was held at the site of the 1st Phase of the Pearl of the Caribbean – the Horse Racing Track, to give the media and the public an update on the progress with the project as well as to answer many of the questions which have been circulating.
“As you may be aware, 40 thoroughbred horses have arrived on island in preparation for the inaugural Pitons Cup happening on December 13th, 2019. All the horses were paid for and are owned by Mr. Teo Ah Khing and the Royal Saint Lucia Turf Club. The bespoke trophy for the race is being designed by acclaimed Saint Lucian sculptor Jallim Eudovic,” the PM explained.
He disclosed that so far, approximately 24 young Saint Lucians have graduated from the Winston Trim Training Programme which is an accredited international grooming programme.
Chastanet asserted that many more will benefit from this training as the project progresses.
He listed ‘a few of the facts’ about the project.
-So far, DSH has invested approximately $40 Million in the first phase
-Over 300 Saint Lucians have benefited from construction jobs on this phase of the project and 20 local contractors have been engaged
-The facilities which have been completed include 120 stables for the horses, the quarantine area, the watch towers for media coverage, the race track itself, and several other amenities
-ALL the horses are paid for and owned by DSH/Royal Saint Lucia Turf Club