Tuesday, January 16, 2018

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SUPER Glitterman, owned and trained by Michael Beecham, and Let It Snow, trained by Michael Marlowe, for the first time in their fledgling careers found the winning post in front at Caymanas Park on Saturday.

Super Glitterman (Deputy Glitters - Florence), ridden by Ruja Lahoe, was not bothered by the number one draw in the maiden special weight over the five straight course (1000m).

The four-year-old bay colt broke on top, tucked across to the middle, and although he continued to drift until he ended up under the stand side rails, he was too far out in front to be pegged back.

Super Glitterman won by seven lengths over Prince Malik (Richard Lunan) and Determine King (Shane Ellis) in a time of 1:01.1.

“I feel really good about this win. I worked him the other morning and I liked how he went over the straight, so I was confident he would get the job done here.

“I expect him to go far now. I think he is of good ability and he didn't even run at his best when winning today (Saturday). He is still running green but as soon as I get him right, I think he will go far,” Beecham told the Supreme Racing Guide.

Let It Snow (Adore The Gold - Veryhushhush), under Shane Ellis, was able to get the job done also over five furlongs (1,000m) straight. Let It Snow broke on top and the flakes just poured down.

The four-year-old bay filly, who ended up under the standside, won by four lengths over Mirabilis (Dick Cardenas) and Tradionalmedicin (Osive Donegal). The final time was 1:01.1.


SIX horses were claimed on the 10-race programme at Caymanas Park on Saturday.

She's Plummy was claimed from Welsh Soutar by Oneil Markland for Renford Simpson; Bars of Gold was claimed from Norman Smith by Dale Murphy for Richard Evans, and Shade of Beauty was claimed from Patrick Fong by Lawrence Freemantle for Rocky and Stickman from the eighth race.

All claims were made at $250,000 In the 10th and final event on a $180,000 claiming tag, Junior Small lost My Companion to Donovan Phillipps as owner and trainer; Wilfred Chin took Richie's Pik for Orville S Johnson from Phillip Elliott, and Conroy Tulloch claimed One Great Train for Ainsley Patterson from Edward Walker.


ANDREE Powell made sure the presence of the female riders didn't go unnoticed as the young apprentice piloted Machu Picchu to victory in the fourth race last Saturday, her first win for the new racing season at Caymanas Park.

Powell broke Machu Picchu well and went straight to the lead in the quick three-furlong (600m) race among $120,000-$100,000 claimers.

Although coming under pressure from El Numero Uno (Shamaree Muir) in the final furlong (200m) of the race, Powell was able to keep her mount well balanced as Machu Picchu held off her rival to win by a neck.

Court Call (Phillip Parchment) finished in third place, while Da Jackal (Wesley Henry) completed the frame. Owned and trained by Terrence McWhinney, Machu Picchu won in a time of 36.2.

Muir is finding it quite hard these days to ride a winner. Since his return from riding in Canada last November, the former champion apprentice has had few mounts on race days and even fewer winners. Muir is expected to return to riding duties in Canada in April.


Apprentice Anthony Thomas continued his good form, while jockey Aaron Chatrie regained form when they both highlighted Saturday's race card with two winners apiece.

Thomas started his double in the second race aboard Twilight Dreams, bred, owned and trained by Carl Anderson, over five furlongs (1,000m) straight.

Twilight Dreams made one move to win by seven lengths from Sarah Lee (Dane Dawkins) and Honey Ryda (Dick Cardenas) in a very fast time of 58.2.

Thomas's second winner came in the eighth race over seven and a half furlongs (1,500m) when he won aboard She's Plummy for his apprentice master, trainer Welsh Soutar.

She's Plummy was a threelength winner over Sterri's Choice (Oneil Scott) and Holy Light (Wesley Henry) in a final recorded time of 1:36.1.

Chatrie won the top-rated Overnight Allowance event aboard Shining Light, owned and trained by Gary Griffiths.

Shining Light stalked the pace and came with a strong run in deep stretch to beat Loose Cannon by a length and a half, with Polly B third.

Shining Light completed the six-furlong (1,200m) event in 1:12.0.

Chatrie locked his double in the final race over seven furlongs (1,400m) with a runaway victory aboard One Great Train for trainer Edward Walker.


NEW YORK (AP) — A horse stabled at Belmont Park has tested positive for the equine herpes virus-1.

The three-year-old colt, which has yet to be named or raced, is trained by Linda Rice.

New York Racing Association officials said that the horse has shown no neurological symptoms of the virus. He tested positive after developing a fever and a mild respiratory issue.

Officials say the horse is expected to return to Belmont later this week, where he will be put into quarantine as a precaution.

The horse will be monitored and retested. As a result of the positive test, all horses in Barn 44 have been placed under quarantine, and will be monitored daily for fever and other signs of illness.

During the quarantine, the horses won't be allowed to run or enter races. Many horses become infected with EHV-1 but the virus can become latent and never be an issue.

In serious cases, it can cause abortion, respiratory disease and neonatal mortality in horses.

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