New apprentices begin riding careers today
PRINCE Holder, one of the shortest men to ride professionally, and Holando Butler are among 15 of the 19 apprentices recently graduated from the Jamaica Racing Commission Jockeys' Training School who will begin their professional race riding career at Caymanas Park today.
However, Jemar Jackson, who served his apprentice at the stables of trainer Richard Azan, has secured the most rides of five on the nine-race card. Shamaree Muir, who served his apprenticeship at the stables of Morris Powell, is next with four rides.
Orlando Foster from the stables of Anthony Nunes, Kuri Powell from the stables of Michael McIntosh, and Orayne Sewell from the stables of Carl Anderson have secured three rides each.
Sadiki Blake from the stables of Philip Feanny, Holder from the stables of Patrick Lynch, Ruja Lahoe from the stables of Gary Griffiths, and Renardo McNaughton also from the stables of Morris Powell come next with two rides.
Butler, who will have the leg up on I Am Thankful in the ninth and final race on the programme for his apprentice master Wayne DaCosta, has secured only one ride along with Marc Griffiths, Zac Meikle, Ryan Nelson Davidan Robinson and Omar Simpson.
Foster, who has the leg up on Reasonable Press for Feanny and one of the principal runners in the day's Owen Silvera feature. Prince Holder will pilot Nyabinghi for trainer Peter McMaster in the same event.