Broken Messi retires as Chile stun Argentina in Copa final

Chile’s players celebrate with the trophy after winning the Copa America Centenario after defeating Argentina in the penalty shoot-out in East Rutherford, New Jersey, United States, on Sunday.Photos: AFP

EAST RUTHERFORD, United States (AFP) – Lionel Messi sensationally announced his retirement from international football here Sunday after Argentina crashed to defeat against Chile in the Copa America Centenario final. A crestfallen Messi confirmed his decision to quit after yet another agoniSi ... Read More

England goalkeeper Joe Hart hangs his head after his team’s shock exit at the hands of Iceland reacts at Euro 2016. England on ice
NICE, France (AFP) — England were dealt a humiliating 2-1 defeat by minnows, Iceland yesterday ... Read More

Daina Levy in action with the hammer throw. (Photos: Paul Reid) Canadian-born thrower Daina Levy walks into history at Rio romp
Daina Levy will create Jamaican track and field history when she steps into the hammer throw ring on ... Read More

THIS IS HOW THEY FINISHED IN THE DERBY - First Future King, second Bigdaddykool (centre) and third Orpheus. The stewards then changed the placing to first, Orpheus, second Bigdaddykool and third Future King. Appeal lodged against Derby
At approximately 2:45 pm yesterday the connections of Future King, first past the post in Saturday&r ... Read More

Derby disqualification appeal must be heard quickly

BY KARL ANGELL Executive Editor – Operations | Tuesday, June 28, 2016    

An appeal was lodged yesterday by the connections of Future King against the ruling of the stewards of the Jamaica Racing Commission (JRC) to disqualify their horse from first place. The matter now rests with commissioners of the JRC who will schedule a hearing and make a decision based on the evidence presented to them by the parties involved. Whether the final decision is to uphold or dismiss the appeal, the JRC commissioners’ ruling must be respected and accepted by all. The appeal p ... Read More

A contentious Derby – the analysis

BY OBSERVER RACING WRITER | Tuesday, June 28, 2016    

Sabrina Thomas, marketing manager at Cal’s Manufacturing, presents the Derby trophy to owner of Orpheus, Elias Haloute. (Photos: Joseph Wellington)

The 96th running of the Jamaica Derby sponsored by Cal’s Manufacturing Limited will go down in the annals of racing history as probably the most contentious ever. First past the post Future King, ridden by Robert Halledeen and trained by Wayne DaCosta, was disqualified and placed third. This was followed by another disqualification, that of second past the post Bigdaddykool, who would have moved to the winner’s position had he also not been disqualified. The winner was the third-pl ... Read More

Only a grievous, grievous sin must be committed to disqualify a Derby winner

BY OBSERVER RACING WRITER | Tuesday, June 28, 2016    

HAMILTON...Go and fine the jockey, suspend the jockey, do what you want, but you simple cannot disqualify for puny reasons

In a candid interview following the decision of the stewards of the Jamaica Racing Commission to disqualify first past the post Future King in the Jamaica Derby on Saturday, owner and breeder Howard Hamilton proffered the view that the constant disqualifications and lengthy stewards’ inquiries are not the way to go by the regulatory body. Hamilton stated in emphatic terms that for a Derby winner to be disqualified something of massive proportions must occur. “Listen man, the Derby ... Read More

You just can’t intimidate horses at the end of a 12-furlong race – Anthony Nunes

BY SHERDON COWAN Observer staff reporter | Tuesday, June 28, 2016    

Trainer Anthony Nunes (left) with apprentice Linton Steadman before the start of the Derby. (Photo: Joseph Wellington)

It was a case of mixed emotions for trainer Anthony Nunes, after registering his fourth Derby success when his charge Orpheus was awarded the 96th running of the Cal’s-sponsored event in dramatic fashion at Caymanas Park last Saturday. Orpheus, the mount of Shane Ellis, had initially finished third behind the Wayne DaCosta-trained Future King ridden by Robert Halledeen and stablemate Bigdaddykool (Linton Steadman). However, after a lengthy inquiry (over half an hour) and a double jockey& ... Read More

Watson happy with Derby sponsorship

BY SHERDON COWAN Observer staff reporter | Tuesday, June 28, 2016    

Sizzla Kalonji provided after-race entertainment.

It was fun, frolic and excitement at the 96th running of the Cal’s Manufacturing Limited-sponsored Jamaica Derby at Caymanas Park last Saturday. Seasoned punters and even those who understand very little about the sport were out in their numbers just to share in the experience of one of the most prestigious race days on the racing calendar. Thrilling finish after thrilling finish, backed by off-track entertainment and giveaways from the sponsor’s vast product line and the return of ... Read More

Jack Shirley’s BGLC contract not renewed

BY OBSERVER RACING WRITER | Tuesday, June 28, 2016    

Jack Shirley

The Complete Racing Guide has been reliably informed that the contract of executive director of the state-run Betting Gaming and Lotteries Commission (BGLC), Andral ‘Jack’ Shirley, will not be renewed. A source told this newspaper that Shirley was informed by the chairman and other board members on Friday last during a regular meeting of the board that his contract which expires on June 30 will not be renewed. Shirley was appointed as executive director of the BGLC in early 2013. ... Read More

Rio Bueno on course for double glory

PAUL A REID Observer Writer | Tuesday, June 28, 2016    

Rio Bueno goalkeeper Glenroy Atkins saves a penalty kick in the second half of Sunday’s return-leg semi-finals of the Trelawny FA Monymusk Plantation Rum Major League against Spicy Hill SC at Elleston Wakeland Centre. (Photos: Paul Reid)

FALMOUTH, Trelawny — Mid-season champions Rio Bueno FC stayed on course for the double in the Trelawny Football Association’s Monymusk Plantation Rum Major League after qualifying for next weekend’s final with a penalty-kicks win over Spicy Hill SC in the semi-finals on Sunday at the Elleston Wakeland Centre. Trailing 0-1 from the first leg, Garfield Stewart’s early goal tied up the scores, and after being tied at 1-1 on aggregate, it took penalties to decide the winner ... Read More

Winners’ comments…Winners’ comments…Winners’ comments

Tuesday, June 28, 2016    

Aunt Hilda winning with Renardo McNaughton

The Complete Racing Guide shares the comments of some of the winners on the 13-race Derby Day programme at Caymanas Park last Saturday. The Patrick Fong-trained Aunt Hilda, under Renardo McNaughton, won the second over 1,100 metres. McNaughton said: “It was a nice win and I am happy as it is my fourth for the season. I rode her before, so I pretty much know how she runs and even though we had to fight for the win, I was very confident coming into the race.” Reign Over All, tr ... Read More

Favourites bite the dust

Tuesday, June 28, 2016    

Blessedness claimed for $180,000Blessedness claimed for $180,000

Punters had a really tough time spotting the winners on Derby Day. Only two favourites – Lady Faye (1-5) and El Saldado (1-1) – won on the 13-race programme.  Nuclear Warning closed the programme with a fighting win at odds of 107-1, the longest odds winner on the day, paying $5,378 to win. Exclusive Charm also piled on the misery for punters, winning at odds of 53-1, while Sneak Peek was equally problematic, winning at odds of 18-1. Also contributing were Reign Over All (9 ... Read More

Marquee players will help make new CPL season best ever, says CEO

Tuesday, June 28, 2016    

DU PLESSIS... South African batsman

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – Organisers believe the upcoming fourth season of the Caribbean Premier League will be the most competitive ever, especially with the quality players they have managed to attract. The tournament bowls off Wednesday here when reigning champions Trinbago Knight Riders and St Lucia Zouks clash in a 7 pm fixture at Queen’s Park Oval. “The CPL continues to grow at a fast pace and we are hugely excited about the forthcoming campaign,” said CPL c ... Read More



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