'Twas Darby day at the Park
...Trainer saddles three winners on nine-race card
AFTER saddling two winners on Saturday at Caymanas Park, trainer Ryan Darby returned yesterday with a three-timer, which included Winesha in the annual renewal of the Al Gopie Memorial Cup over 1,000 metres straight.
Ridden by two-time defending champion jockey Dane Nelson, it was a stroll in the park for the four-year-old bay filly. Winesha broke well and disputed the lead with Steve's Real (Jevvanne Erwin) and Smarty Kaihu (Prince Holder) for most of the way before the daughter of Storm Craft-Positive Vibes by Jambalaya Jazz, pulled away from her rivals winning comfortably by six lengths over the 58-1 chance Starofthetown (Arthur Budhu) with Timeforacat (O'Brien White) in third.
Winesha, who is owned by Raphael Gordon, covered the distance in 1:00:1 minutes.
Darby's other winners were I'm Alright in the fourth race also for owner Gordon, and Marine Drive in the seventh race for himself. Apprentice Orayne Sewell rode both winners.
Winesha, also closed a double for Nelson with the other one being Da Jackal in the fifth race for trainer Michael McIntosh. Nelson is now three wins ahead of Dick Cardenas in the race for the jockey title. Cardenas was winless yesterday.
Meanwhile, Go Go Train, running as the 2-1 second favourite with Richard Mitchell in the saddle, romped the Jockey's Guild of Jamaica Trophy over 1,400 metres.The four-year-old bag filly got off to a slow start and was held in mid-pack by Mitchell, behind leaders Carpe Diem (Shamaree Muir) and General Togo (Raja Lahoe) passing the 600-metre pole.
Turning for home third from last as the favourite Flying Miracle was sent through by Orlando Foster, Mitchell then asked Go Go Train to go and she responded well and stormed between horses to eventually win by two lengths in a slow time of 1:29:0 minutes.
Flying Miracle was second and Infantry Office (Kuri Powel) at 74-1 in third.
"She got a little time and this race was the right race for her as she trained well. I expected her to win but not this easy," trainer Harry Parsard told the Jamaica Observer.
Go Go Train is owned, trained and bred by Parsard.
Miracle Run, in a driving finish, captured the Talawah Claiming Series (Race #3) over 1,200 metres. Ridden by inform apprentice O'Brien White, and after turning for home in fifth position, the Dovovan Plummer-owned and trained four-year-old chestnut filly by Miracle Man-Give Me Luck by Dawn Quixote was produced by White on the outside and got up in the nick of time to beat Fabulousconnection (Robert Halledeen) by one-half-lengths and Deliciosa (Dane Nelson) a head away in third. Mircale Run covered the distance in 1:16:0.