Horse Racing

Ruddy's Boy - a winner second time out

Owner Antonio Barker
greets his winner,
Ruddy’s Boy, with
Aaron Chatrie aboard.

With the two-year-old season unveiling itself slowly but surely, Ruddy Boy set the cats among the pigeons with an unexpected but thoroughly deserved win on Saturday last at Caymanas Park. Trained by former jockey Fernando Geddes, the chestnut colt by Dayton Flyer - Awesome Tassy was kept as close ... Read More

Franfield getting the be in victory.
better of All Correct. Equipment changes make the difference
EQUIPMENT CHANGES MAKE THE DIFFERENCE There were a number of performances that caught the eye on Sa ... Read More

Prince ‘Daggerman’ Holder
atop Nuh Vex. (PHOTOS:
JOSEPH WELLINGTON) The 'Daggerman' finally strikes
After being in the shadows for some time, Prince 'Daggerman' Holder made his presence felt at Cayman ... Read More

Sir Frederick with Wesley Henry aboard, in full flight approaching
the line to win the co-feature for the Ram Nagrani Memorial Trophy
at Caymanas Park yesterday. (PHOTO: JOSEPH WELLINGTON) Sir Frederick upsets in Ram Nagrani Memorial Trophy
A well-timed ride by Wesley Henry piloted Sir Frederick to a mild upset in yesterday's co-feature fo ... Read More

Ellis, Walker star with three-timers

BY SHERDON COWAN Observer staff reporter | Sunday, July 26, 2015    

Franfield (right) is eased approaching the finish line by Shane Ellis to win ahead
of All Correct in an Open Allowance event at Caymanas Park yesterday. (PHOTO:

IN-FORM jockey Shane Ellis highlighted yesterday's 10-race card at Caymanas Park when he guided the up-in-class Franfield to victory in an Open Allowance event. The three-year-old chestnut colt by Traditional - Supa Lei by Royal Minister was sent off as the 5-2 second favourite, but ran above expectations to prove a handful for the down-in-class 7-5 favourite All Correct (Robert Halledeen up) in the 1,600-metre race. Franfield broke well from gate number eight, and after a brief tussle with Ra ... Read More

Country Train for Grooms Association Trophy

BY HURBUN WILLIAMS Observer writer | Saturday, July 25, 2015    

Country Train claimed for $350,000. (PHOTO: GARFIELD ROBINSON)

DESPITE their unimposing appearances on race days, grooms can be considered the weathercock of Jamaican horse racing. And for that, the importance of their industry to horse racing has been palpably recognised with the Grooms Association Day Trophy at Caymanas Park today. The Grooms race is the eighth on the 10-race card going 1,000 metres straight for a purse of $492,000. Run among the claiming spread of $350,000-$300,000, three-year-olds and upward and native-bred five-year-olds (NW3), the Gr ... Read More

What They Say! - Douglas Badaloo

Saturday, July 25, 2015    

Jockey Douglas Badaloo

When did you start your career as a jockey? I started my career as a jockey in 2002. However, I was involved in horse racing long before I started to ride officially, as I would go to Caymanas Park on my own, mainly because I had nothing else to do, and watch the horses run in the mornings and on racedays. From then on I developed a liking for horses and that was that, as they say. I wanted to become part of the racing industry and went about doing my apprenticeship before starting my career as ... Read More

Betting, Gaming & Lotteries Commission renews sponsorship of Emancipation Day race meeting

BY RUDDY ALLEN Observer Racing Writer | Friday, July 24, 2015    

Cedric Stewart (right), CEO for CTL, receives a cheque worth
$2 million from Jack Shirley of BG&LC during the launch of the
BG&LC Emancipation raceday at Caymanas Park yesterday.
Also in photo is Denzil Miller, racing secretary at CTL.

CAYMANAS Track Limited (CTL) is receiving sponsorship valued at $2 million from the Betting Gaming & Lotteries Commission (BG&LC) to host the 11th anniversary of the BG&LC Emancipation Day race meeting, it was announced at a press conference at Caymanas Park yesterday. The August 1 raceday features seven trophy races with the feature event being the 11th running of the BG&LC Trophy (GR11), an Open Allowance event for three-year-old and upwards going over 1,100 metres (five-and-a ... Read More

Parliament approves resolution to reduce duties on horses

Friday, July 24, 2015    

Jockey Paul Francis steering Uppa Tune (foreground) to an easy
victory in the Reggae Trophy over 1,000 metres straight at
Caymanas Park yesterday. (PHOTO: JOSEPH WELLINGTON)

A resolution allowing for a reduction in the customs duties on horses, in order to facilitate the continued viability of the racehorse industry, was approved by the House of Representatives on July 21. The Customs Tariff (Revision) (Amendment) Resolution, 2015 was approved without any further amendments. The category of horses which presently attracts a tariff of 40 per cent will now be subjected to a lower tariff of five per cent. Minister of Finance and Planning, Dr Peter Phillips, explaine ... Read More


Friday, July 24, 2015    

Osive Donegal

42 Racedays - 414 Races Up to 18/07/2015 inclusive AGE 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Unpl Starts Stakes($) 1. SEEKING MY DREAM -c 3 4 4 0 0 0 8 $6,976,300 2. ALI BABA -c 3 4 2 0 1 0 7 $4,494,350 3. KRONUS -c 3 2 3 1 1 1 8 $3,198,250 4. SUPERLUMINAL -c 3 3 1 2 0 2 8 $3,190,500 5. MOM'S STUDENT -f 3 2 4 0 0 1 7 $3,080,800 6. PUDDY POOH -f 3 2 0 0 1 1 4 $2,401,400 7. BERRANCA -f 3 2 2 1 1 1 7 $2,007,550 8. HOVER CRAFT -h 5 3 2 1 1 3 10 $1,858,450 9. ALL CORRECT -h 6 3 2 1 2 0 8 $1,778,750 ... Read More

Finally, blue bomber boy finds the winner's enclosure

from the Horse's Mouth | Tuesday, July 21, 2015    

Sadiki Blake

SIX HORSES CLAIMED ON SATURDAY Six horses were claimed on the 11-race programme at Caymanas Park on Saturday. Miss Juanita was claimed from Neive Graham by Wayne DaCosta for Carlton Watson for $550,000 from the first race. In the seventh race, Legendary Pleasure was claimed from Lance Richards by Patrick Fong for Orville Johnson for $250,000; Flying Miracle was claimed from Borris McIntosh by Delroy Spencer for Gary Ainsworth for $250,000; Miss Boss Lady was taken by Ray Phillips for Rupert Gay ... Read More

'Callaloo' is now steaming

BY RUDDY ALLEN Observer staff reporter | Tuesday, July 21, 2015    

Wesley Henry on Uncle Taf

JOCKEY Wesley 'Callaloo' Henry was winless on his return to regular race riding on July 11. He rectified that situation on Saturday with a double, Speedy Process and Uncle Taf in typical front-running style. "Well, first of all I am always happy to win races. In both races, I asked my horses to go in front, then I regulated the pace after which I asked them for everything up the lane and they delivered the goods," Henry told the Complete Racing Guide. Uncle Taf defeated a good field in Overnig ... Read More

The 'Buzz' is back

Tuesday, July 21, 2015    

Buzz Nightmare with Paul Francis. (PHOTO: JOSEPH WELLINGTON)

THE highly fancied bay colt Buzz Nightmare signalled his return from a four-month break by crushing his rivals by over 10 lengths in a Restricted Allowance non winners of two event. After finishing fifth by nine lengths as the 1-2 favourite to Siempre Bueno in the Prince Consort Stakes over 1,400 metres on March 14, the Philip Feanny-trained Buzz Nightmare was rested by his trainer and did not participate in any of the Classic races he could compete in. However, the offspring of Into Mischief - ... Read More

'Callaloo' Henry guides Uncle Taf to victory

BY RUDDY ALLEN Observer Racing Writer | Sunday, July 19, 2015    

Uncle Taf (right),
under Wesley
Henry, leads
home rivals to
win an Overnight
Allowance event
at Caymanas
Park yesterday.

Uncle Taf, under a masterful ride from Wesley 'Callaloo' Henry, won the top-rated race, an Overnight Allowance event in fine style at Caymanas Park yesterday. After being in a stretch duel with the consistent Prince Andrew and veteran jockey Winston Griffiths, the Solomon Sharpe-trained Uncle Taf responded well from the urging of Henry and drew away at the end to score by a length-and-a-quarter in the three-year-olds and upward event going over 1,400 metres. Prince Andrew held on for second po ... Read More



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