Tuesday, September 25, 2018

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The claiming box was busy on Saturday as 10 horses changed stables after the running of the 11 races that were competed for on the day. In the first race, Delroy Waugh claimed Laguna Point from Dennis Lee for owner David Reid; Prince McDonald claimed Shade Of Beauty from Victor Williams for owner Derrick Gayle; Randolph Scott claimed Pizarro from Lawrence Freemantle for owner Rampage and Freemantle claimed Bullet Raj from Ian Roberts for owner Clive McLean. All claims went for $250,000.
Ballon d'Or was claimed from Steven Todd by Anthony Nunes for Barsher for $450,000, while Meet Justin was taken from Ryan Darby by Fernando Geddes for Master Gate Connections for $450,000 from the ninth race.
In the 11th and final event on a $180,000 claiming tag, Keisha Lawrence claimed Strike It Lucky from Randolph Scott for herself; Rudolph Hardial claimed No Money Friend from Nicholas Smith for owner Peter Mason; Dalton Sirjue claimed Dusseldorf from Johnny Wilmot for owner Gordon Lewis and Delroy Wisdom claimed Play Station from Freemantle for owner Big D Racing Stables.

Capable apprentice Oneil Beckford drove Bullet Raj to a length and a half win going four furlongs (800m) straight, giving trainer Ian Roberts his second winner for the season at Caymanas Park on Saturday.
Bullet Raj broke running and was disputing the lead with Pizarro (Anthony Thomas) and Ok Dude (Linton Steadman) in the early exchanges.
Inside the final furlong (200m), Bullet Raj began to edge away from rivals and ran out an easy winner in the end. Pizarro finished second with Laguna Point (Oneil Scott) third and Woodhouse (Gary Richards) fourth. The final time was 47.1.
The win also continued Beckford upward trend as an apprentice as with the win, Beckford has now won 22 races for the season.

Six-year-old Ballon d'Or continues to show up on the scene fairly regularly with winning efforts. Such was the case on Saturday when he won his second consecutive race.
Coming off a $350,000-$300,000 claiming tag on last and running in the class above at $450,000-$400,000, going over seven-and-a-half furlongs (1,500m), Ballon d'Or didn't find any difficulties and ran out with an easy two-and-three-quarters length victory in a good time of 1:34.2.
Ballon d'Or, under Oneil Scott, tracked the leaders from close range for most of the way before he went in serious contention approaching the final bend.
Ballon d'Or picked up the lead turning for home and won ahead Leekout (Shane Ellis) and Unbreakable (Anthony Thomas).

After numerous close finishes the door finally opened for Mirabilis as the four-year-old bay filly picked up a well-deserved win in a Restricted Allowance event over six-and-a-half furlongs (1,300m) on Saturday.
Dick Cardenas held Mirabilis off the pace for most of the way in the native-bred four-year-old and upward non-winners of two contest. Moving as a team with Five Star (Oneil Beckford) Mirabilis surrounded horses at the top of the lane.
The two had a brief battle before Mirabilis began to edge away from his rivals. Transfusion (Chalrick Budhai) was four-and-a-half lengths behind in second place with Paintthistownred (Oneil Mullings) in third. The final time was 1:21.3.

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