2019 Triple Crown winner Supreme Soul has been reunited with his connections after returning to the island from Florida on Monday. He was denied re-entry to the island in December, after contracting the anti-bodies to tick fever, having gone to Gulfstream Park in Florida to compete in the Caribbean Classic on December 8 where he finished eighth.
On Monday an emotional Anthony “Baba” Nunes, who was seeing his Triple Crown winner for the first time in two months, said it was good to have him home. However, Nunes explained that based on his physical appearance, Supreme Soul will not be racing anytime soon. Nunes wants to put the 4 year old on a farm, but him being a colt may prove a challenge.
Meanwhile, according to Dr Sphia Ramlal, Acting Senior JRC Veterinarian, Supreme Soul will go into quarantine before being released into the general horse population at Caymanas Park.
Dr Ramlal also echoed the sentiments of chairman of the Veterinary Board, Dr St Aubyn Bartlett, in stating that the 4 year old chestnut colt does not actually have tick fever, but the anti-bodies.
In the meantime, Nunes expressed his gratitude to Dr Ramlal for her help in getting Supreme Soul home. There were fears from the connections of Supreme Soul that he was going to be euthanized as the owner Chevan Maharaj said he couldn't afford the fee to keep him quarantined in the United States until March, the date US officials said they would have procured the requisite treatment for tick fever.