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Clasico del Caribe

Grade I Stakes race
Clasico Internacional del Caribe
"The Caribbean Derby"
Location Camarero Racetrack
Canovanas, Puerto Rico
Inaugurated 1966
Race type Thoroughbred
Website ClasicoCaribe.Org
Race information
Distance 1 1/8 miles (9f) (1.800 meters)
Track Dirt, Left-handed
Qualification 3-year-old
Weight Winner Countries: Colt/Gelding: 124 lbs
Filly: 118 lbs
Other Countries: Colt/Gelding/Filly: 116 lbs
Purse US$300,000

The traditional Clasico Internacional del Caribe or Caribbean Derby is the richest thoroughbred Grade I stakes race in Latin America for three-year-old thoroughbred horses, held annually in Canovanas, Puerto Rico, on the first Sunday in December. The race features the best 3 year old colts and fillies from Puerto Rico, Panama, Venezuela, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, Colombia, Ecuador, Costa Rica and Guatemala. Along with the celebration of the Clasico Internacional del Caribe, four other international races are programmed during the weekend festivities. These races are the Copa Velocidad (Caribbean Sprint Cup) (6f), Dama del Caribe (Caribbean Ladies' Classic) (8.5f), The Invitational Cup (10f), and the Confraternity Cup (10f) for 3 & up horses. The latter event has been broadcast through ESPN and its stations on a yearly basis since 2000, given its popularity throughout the racing industry. Together with other news reporters from Central, South and Latin America, ESPN takes coverage of this breathtakingly emotional event throughout the United States, the Caribbean and all Latin America. The Serie Hípica del Caribe or Caribbean Series Championship has been so successful in the past years that the Confederación Hípica del Caribe and the horse racing authorities, together with tourism and economic government authorities in Puerto Rico, are working on expanding the number of races held in order to develop a Latin version of the Breeder's Cup.



The Clasico 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 Clasico a thoroughbred must be bred in one of the confederation member nations.

Panamá is the country with most winning in this stake with 13 followed by Mexico and Venezuela with 9 and Puerto Rico with 8. Colombia and Dominican Republic has won the stake only once.

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

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

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

  • Ruben Hernandez (Coastal and Ezgarta (MEX))

Mexico is the only country to win on three consecutive occasions (Guadamur - 1969, Hashin - 1970, Nacozareño - 1971). On nine 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), Aligheri and Jib Dancer (1997), Panama with Cortisol and Gotti (1999), 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.

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

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

Verset Dancer(PR) was the first filly to win the Clasico del Caribe and established a track (El Comandante Race Track now Camarero) and stake record (1:50:1/5). The stake record was broken in 1986 by Benemérito (VEN) with 1:49:3/5 when the Clasico del Caribe was run in the Hipodromo Aguas Calientes in Mexico. Then in 1995 when the Clasico del Caribe was held in the Hipódromo V Centenario in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Locochón (MEX)established a new stake record with 1:49:2/5. Verset Dancer's track record was broken by Soy Conquistador (PR) in 2007 (1:50.06) when he won the Clasico del Caribe.

Four more fillies beside Verset Dancer have won the Clasico del Caribe: Galilea (COL)(1984), Angelical (PAN) (1996), Alexia (PAN) (2001)and Bambera (VEN) (2009).

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.

Three Clasico del Caribe winners went to win the Copa Confraternidad (Confraternity Cup) 1993 Verset Jet (PR)(1994), 2000 My Own Business (VEN)(2002 and 2003) and 2007 Soy Conquistador (2009).


Winners of the Clasico Internacional del Caribe

Clasico Internacional del Caribe
Year Country Colt/Filly Jockey Trainer Owner Time Notes
2009 Flag of Venezuela Bambera Edgar Pérez Gustavo Delgado Establo Paula-C 1:51.60 Ver Video
2008 Flag of Dominican Republic Sicótico † Joel Rosario Eugenio Deschamps Establo Jacksan 1:52.54 Ver Video
2007 Flag of Puerto Rico Soy Conquistador Hector Berrios Máximo Gomez Establo Edelsam 1:50.06 NTR @ Camarero Racetrack Ver Video
2006 Flag of Panama Ay Papá Fernando Jara José Carrillo Stud Angel C 1:53.02 Ver Video
2005 Flag of Puerto Rico Borrascoso Alexis Feliciano Sammy Garcia Silent Stable 1:54.60 Ver Video
2004 Flag of Panama Spago † Cornelio Velasquez Moises Henriquez Stud La Marea 1:52.47 Ver Video
2003 Flag of Panama Cafajeste Cornelio Velasquez Rafael Fernandez Prado Stud Full House 1:53.73 Ver Video
2002 Flag of Venezuela Gran Abuelo Angel Castillo Gustavo Delgado Stud Los Grandes 1:52.27 Ver Video
2001 Flag of Panama Alexia ‡ Rosemary Homeister, Jr. Eric Gittens Stud Campo Azul 1:54.56 Ver Video
2000 Flag of Venezuela My Own Business Emisael Jaramillo Antonio Bellardi Stud Fantasia 1:51.76 Ver Video
1999 Flag of Panama Cortisol Camilo Pitty Julio Torres Stud Cantón 1:52.20 Ver Video
1998 Flag of Panama Evaristo † Jesus Barria Roberto Arango Stud El Naranjo --- Disqualification of High Security (VEN) to second place Ver Video
1997 Flag of Venezuela Aligheri Douglas Valiente Aantonio Catanese Stud San Omero 1:50.40
1996 Flag of Panama Angelical ‡ Roberto Perez Roberto Arango Stud Nakacat 1:54.73
1995 Flag of Mexico Locochón Javier Matías Juan Ruiz Garcia Cuadra Santa Rita 1:49 2/5 Stakes Record
1994 Flag of Puerto Rico El Gran Nano Julio Garcia Jesus M. Rodriguez Establo Tres M. --- Disqualifications of Golden End (PUR) and Waki Boy (PUR)
1993 Flag of Puerto Rico Verset's Jet Juan Cintrón Jorge Maymo Establo Mandarria 1:51 2/5
1992 Flag of Panama Leonardo † Cornelio Velasquez Alberto Paz Rodriguez Stud La Marea 1:51 3/5
1991 Flag of Puerto Rico Vuelve Candy B. Julio Garcia Candelario Bonilla Establo Nori-Annette --- Disqualifications of Rio Chamita (VEN) and Landrea (VEN)
1990 Flag of Venezuela Don Fabián Juan V. Tovar César Cachazo Stud Doña Félida 1:59.0 Held over 1 3/16 miles (1.900 meters)
1989 Flag of Panama Pan de los Pobres Alfredo Smith Jr. Felix Rodriguez Jr. Lucky Four Stables 1:53 1/5
1988 Flag of Mexico Don Gabriel Humberto Enriquez Alfredo Márquez Cuadra San Gabriel 1:51 4/5
1987 Flag of Venezuela Rayo Lazer Rafael Torrealba Agustin Bezara Establo Tamborazo 1:52 3/5
1986 Flag of Venezuela Benemérito Douglas Valiente Daniel Perez Stud Gorjeadora 1:49 3/5
1985 Flag of Panama Patilargo Victor Tejada Felix Rodriguez Jr. Militza "Macy" y Cesar "Shanty" Romero 1:58 Held over 1 3/16 miles (1.900 meters)
1984 Flag of Colombia Galilea ‡ Jorge Duarte Manuel Munar Haras Santa Lucía 1:57 2/5
1983 Flag of Puerto Rico Verset Dancer ‡ Santos Navarro Jose Maymo Establo Pro 1:50 1/5
1982 Flag of Puerto Rico Guaybanex Juan Santiago Juan M. Rodriguez Establo Caribe 1:53 3/5
1981 Flag of Panama El Cómico Victor Tejada Dario Ramos Stud Los Novatos 1:53 3/5
1980 Flag of Mexico Pikotazo † Laffit Pincay, Jr. Alberto Barrera Cuadra Just Horgus 1:52 1/5
1978 Flag of Mexico Ezgarta Ruben Hernandez Eusebio Razo Beltran Cuadra Sigui 1:51 flat
1977 Flag of Venezuela Huracan Sí Argenis Rosillo Juan Vidal Stud Balbico 1:54 2/5
1976 Flag of Mexico Voy por Uno Gustavo Marquez Eusebio Razo Beltran Cuadra Ely 1:55 3/5
1975 Flag of Mexico Teziutlán Alberto Zepeda René Castillo Jorge Sarur Aburto 2:02 Held over 1 3/16 miles (1.900 meters)
1974 Flag of Panama Barremina Jacinto Vasquez Alberto Paz Rodriguez Stud Characo 1:54 3/5
1973 Flag of Panama Montecarlo † Marcel Zuñiga Felix Rodriguez Dolores de Shulte 1:57 3/5
1971 Flag of Mexico Nacozareño Guillermo Gavidia Tomas Lopez Altamira Cuadra Georgina 1:54 flat
1970 Flag of Mexico Hashin Miguel Yanez Jose Barba Cuadra Carrusel 1:56 3/5
1969 Flag of Mexico Guadamur Alberto Zepeda Antonio Justo Cuadra Carrusel 1:52 4/5
1968 Flag of Puerto Rico Wiso G. Carlos Lopez Diego Acevedo Cinderella Stud 1:54 1/5
1967 Flag of Mexico El Comanche Ruben Contreras Claudino Hernandez Cuadra San Luis 1:56 3/5
1966 Flag of Venezuela Victoreado Gustavo Avila Domingo Noguera Stud Raga 1:56 1/5

A † designates a Triple Crown Winner in their native country. </br>A ‡ designates a filly.


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