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The Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup continues to gain popularity and recognition here in the U.S. but it’s always been a big deal in the eastern Caribbean island and the heart of Jude Feld.

Feld, a veteran horseman and regular with Mike Penna on Horse Racing Radio Network broadcasts around the country, penned a guest column for us in early March after the 2016 Barbados Gold Cup was in the books. Feld wrote about his experiences at this year’s race, won by Dorsett, drinking rum and his early experiences on the island.

“Through a surprising series of life events, I was able to attend the Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup in 1998,” he wrote. “It would change my life forever. From the minute I exited the plane at Grantley Adams airport, I felt amazingly at peace, like I had returned home, even though it was a place I had never been.

“Barbados is unique. It smells fresh and clean and sweet. The people are unbelievably gracious, kind and welcoming. They are beautiful, really, in every sense of the word.”

Feld’s commentary proved popular among TIHR readers, landing it in the ninth most read spot for 2016 and it’s one of two guest pieces on this year’s countdown. Check back throughout the holidays and right through New Year’s Eve to read the rest of the list. And click the link below to read Feld’s story and the 10th most read piece, about Artie Magnuson’s new venture not far from Saratoga Race Course. 

 

9: The Beauty of Barbados

10: Magnuson excited to be back in upstate New York