Horse Racing

Two from two for Campesino

Campesino (Robert Halledeen) makes his way to the start of the Eileen Cliggott Memorial Cup on Saturday. (Photo: Naphtali Junior)

The Philip Feanny-trained Campesino continued his recent victory charge with another impressive run, this time in the $1.2 million Graded Stakes Eileen Cliggott Memorial Cup feature last Saturday. In the grade below, the Open Allowance level, on January 7, Campesino outran rivals to win the St Cat ... Read More

Ictus with Robert Halledeen running away from rivals on his debut. (Photo: Naphtali Junior) Ictus excites with first effort
Ictus (Performing Magic – Starship Elaine) placed himself on the list of possible contenders f ... Read More

Stanislaus (Oneil Mullings) pulling away from rivals to win on his first attempt. Stanislaus arrives in style
Any assessment of the Spencer Chung-trained Stanislaus might be too early, but based on preliminary ... Read More

Fearless Samurai entering the racetrack on Saturday with Omar Walker in the saddle. Fearless Samurai did not turn up
In preparation for the season’s first Classic the 2,000 Guineas, Fearless Samurai returned aga ... Read More

The Winners…The Winners…The Winners…The Winners…

BY OBSERVER RACING WRITER | Tuesday, February 21, 2017    

Bird Catcher (Odeen Edwards) gave trainer Fitzroy Glispie his first of three winners on the day.

The Complete Racing Guide analyses the winners of the 11 races competed for at Caymanas Park last Saturday. FIRST RACE – This race was intended to be a romp for Fearless Samurai in continuation of his Classic preparation. The ‘Samurai’ was, however, quite dull and it was left to the tough and consistent Bird Catcher to win. Fearless Samurai seems to have had some difficulties in the starting gates which may have led to his poor showing. Bird Catcher was the first winner on ... Read More

Nine horses claimed

Tuesday, February 21, 2017    

Nine horses were claimed on the 11-race programme at Caymanas Park last Saturday. Reign Over All was claimed from Marlon Anderson by Phillip Thompson for Inner Circle for $250,000 and Abogado was claimed from Randolph Scott by Neville Cooper for Randall Shaw, also for $250,000 from the third race. Denrick Chambers claimed Jessie James from Gregory Forsyth for Morris Myrie for $350,000, while Michael McIntosh claimed Natashadon’tplay from Oneil Markland for himself for $350,000 from the ... Read More

Sotomayor withdraws from seasonal debut

BY RUDDY ALLEN Observer staff reporter | Tuesday, February 21, 2017    

Sotomayor had a little bruise behind a knee

Sotomayor, the champion two-year-old of last season, who was scheduled to make his three-year-old debut against older horses in an Overnight Allowance event last Saturday did not do so. The grey colt now has to wait a little longer as he was scratched out of the 1,500-metre event. Sotomayor’s trainer, Anthony Nunes informed that a slight bruise on one of his (Sotomayor’s) knees was the issue leading to the decision to pull Sotomayor out of the race as a precautionary measure. & ... Read More

Campesino glides to victory in Eileen Cliggott Mem Cup

BY RUDDY ALLEN Observer racing writer | Sunday, February 19, 2017    

Campesino is being eased down by Robert Halledeen as he romps home in the Eileen Cliggott Memorial Cup feature at Caymanas Park yesterday.Photo: Naphtali Junior

Despite a three-timer from trainer Fitzroy Glispie, it was the Philip Feanny-conditioned Campesino who stole the spotlight on the 11-race programme at Caymanas Park yesterday. The seven-year-old bay gelding by Compadre-Yaella, in another electrifying run, crippled rivals to win the $1.2- million Eileen Cliggott Memorial Cup (1,300 metres) feature by over three lengths, in a quick 1:17.3 minutes. With Robert Halledeen sporting the popular colours of owner Hamark Farms, Campesino tracked the spe ... Read More

Campesino takes aim at Eileen Cliggott Memorial Cup feature

BY HURBUN WILLIAMS Observer writer | Saturday, February 18, 2017    

Campesino is tipped to win the Eileen Cliggott Memorial Trophy feature at Caymanas Park today. (Photo: Joseph Wellington)

Campesino, winner of this year’s St Catherine Cup, eyes another trophy win as he heads a six-horse field going into the Grade One Eileen Cliggott Memorial Trophy feature call at Caymanas Park today. The day’s highlight of the 11-race card could prove considerably competitive with good, quality performances expected from the imported Brawn, Jamai Raja and Franfield. They will run over 1,300 metres for a purse of $1.2 million. They will go to post at approximately 4:50 pm, with the ... Read More

Ramgeet snatches three-timer at Turf Paradise to extend lead in jockey’s race

BY RUDDY ALLEN Observer racing writer | Saturday, February 18, 2017    

Andrew Ramgeet

Jamaican Andrew Ramgeet continued his good form when he rode a brilliant three-timer on Wednesday to extend his lead in the title race at Turf Paradise racetrack in Phoenix, Arizona, United States. With those three winners, Ramgeet moved to 68 winners — three clear of former leader Scott Stevens on 65 winners. David Lopez lies in third on 54 wins, with Jorge Bourdieu in fourth on 50 winners. The Race meet which started on October 15 of last year will end on May 7, 2017. Ramgeet reached t ... Read More

Capital/Observer Tipsters’ competition winners

Saturday, February 18, 2017    

Managing director for Capital Betting and Wagering Limited, Egerton Chang (right) presents a cheque valued at $25,000 to Mark Orelue (The Lark), winner in the Most Wins category. Orelue and Leslie McLean (Hot Spur) tied for first place each with 270 winners. (Photo: Antonio Graham)

Perkin Hawthorn (Redd Foxx), Mark Orelue (The Lark) and Leslie McLean (Hot Spur), who emerged as the overall champions in the 2016 Capital Betting and Wagering Limited/Jamaica Observer Tipsters’ Competition were presented with their cheques at the Jamaica Observer’s head office on Thursday. Read More

Sotomayor makes 2017 debut

BY LENKY SILVER Observer racing writer | Friday, February 17, 2017    

Sotomayor (Linton Steadman) after winning the Jamaica Two-Year-Old Stakes last year. Photo: Joseph Wellington

Top two-year-old of last year Sotomayor (Traditional – Runaway Julie) makes his seasonal entry in a well-supported Overnight Allowance event which has attracted 15 starters going over seven and a half furlongs. Trained by Anthony Nunes, Sotomayor will be partnered by his regular jockey Linton Steadman. Sotomayor, the winner of the prestigious Jamaica Two-Year-Old Stakes over a mile when he beat the much touted She’s A Maneater on Boxing Day last year, will be racing against older ... Read More

Grooms support divestment

BY RUDDY ALLEN Observer staff reporter | Friday, February 17, 2017    

WHITE... I am not one for doom and gloom but as some people, would say; hope for the worse but expect the best. I am not hoping for the worse, as at this stage, racing can’t go down as if it is gets worse, then that it just it for racing.

Fabian White, president of the Grooms’ Association of Jamaica, cannot wait for the new promoter of horse racing in Jamaica, Supreme Ventures Limited (SVL), to take over the operations of Caymanas Track Limited (CTL) on March 7. White said in an interview with the Complete Racing Guide that his association is looking forward to the change, but wants SVL to live up to its promise of consultation with stakeholders before major decisions affecting so many people are made and implemented. Th ... Read More

Jockey Jason Simpson suspended, fined for ungentlemanly conduct, intimidation

Friday, February 17, 2017    

Jerome Innis

Jockey Jason Simpson, who rode Party City in the first race on Saturday, February 7, 2017, was suspended for five race days and fined $20,000 for ungentlemanly conduct shortly after passing the winning post, as well as intimidatory use of his horse thereafter. Simpson was also fined $10,000.00 for disrespecting the stewards. The suspension commences on Wednesday, February 25. These and other disciplinary actions were announced on Wednesday by the stewards of the Jamaica Racing Commission after ... Read More



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