Horse Racing

Kronus surprises in Lotto Classic

Kronus with Richard
Mairs (# 6) just
getting up to beat
Seeking My Dream.

In Dorval like fashion, trainer Richard Azan vaulted his charge Kronus into strong Derby contention after a come-from-behind win by a short head in yesterday's Lotto Classic for the Governor's Cup (10 furlongs) at Caymanas Park. It was Azan who brought the then unknown Dorval to victory in the 1995 ... Read More

SOUTHER CRUISE… has pleased at exercise in his gallops and in so doing gave indications that he will get the trip comfortably Southern Cruise, Perfect Neighbour get Lotto picks
The $3 million Lotto Classic for the Governor's Cup (Grade One), a native-bred three-year-old Futuri ... Read More

SOUTHERN CRUISE ‘Baba’ Nunes holds the key in Lotto Classic
THE Lotto Classic run for the Governor's Cup takes the headlines on a very well supported 12-race ca ... Read More

Uppa Tune and Potcheen THE LOTTO SPRINT - A race worth watching
WHILE all eyes will be on the native-bred three-year-olds as they take centre stage in the 75th runn ... Read More

Cal's Derby Watch

Friday, May 22, 2015    


ALACRANN SKIPS LOTTO CLASSIC, BUT PREPS FOR CAL'S DERBY Alacrann, top two-year-old of last year, is skipping the Lotto Classic and instead will be racing at the Overnight Allowance level over nine furlongs and 25 yards. The Anthony Nunes-trained three-year-old chestnut colt has raced only two times this season, failing to win on both occasions. He finished third in the 2,000 Guineas behind Ali Baba and Seeking My Dream. With Dane Nelson aboard, Alacrann will be racing around two turns for the f ... Read More

First race for the youngsters


ROBINSON…known for
starting his two-year-olds early.

There is always anticipation and excitement in the air when the 'babies' of racing, the two-year-olds, make their first appearance of the season. Six juveniles are listed to race tomorrow in the $1 million Lotto Juvenile Stakes over three furlongs (600 metres). Races for the young ones were offered before but there were insufficient entries to run those races. The six entrants for the Juvenile Stakes are Poppy's Pride, Seductive Kim, Bubbling Kitten, Glyder, Cruising Motion and Ignition. P ... Read More

The 'Canter Man' seeks Lotto Classic double on Siempre Bueno


Shane Ellis after his win last year on Talented Tony K.
Trainer Lorne Kirlew is holding his charge.

Former champion jockey Shane 'Canter Man' Ellis will be looking to become the fourth rider in the history of Caymanas Park to win back-to-back Governor's Cup races, having taken the honours last year aboard the Lorne Kirlew -trained Talented Tony K. Five-time champion Trevor 'Slicer' Simpson did it in 1991 on Restless Glen and then in 1992 with Sealed Order, both trained by the late Allan 'Billy' Williams. Four-time champion Charles 'Bogle Man' Hussey achieved the feat in 1997 aboard the Phi ... Read More

What they Say! - Charlton Riley

Friday, May 22, 2015    


When did you start your career as a jockey? I was in racing from 1976 but I got my riding licence in 1978. My love for racing started from I was a young lad and that love is still with me. Horse racing is my game and my profession. Which horse was your first winner? I won my first race on Cougar. I was a happy man, happy as a lark until they disqualified my horse and took me right out of the frame. The emotions changed immediately from joy to sadness, as I was a winner, then a loser in no tim ... Read More

Racing photos - Tuesday May 19

Tuesday, May 19, 2015    

The racetrack being watered on Saturday.

This lady is making sure she captures all the action at the track. (PHOTOS: JOSEPH WELLINGTON)   So comfortable.   Getting real risky at the track. Good to see veteran trainer Charles 'Taddy' Morrison at the races. Trainers Delroy Waugh (left) and Linval Calder enjoying their time at the track on Saturday.  Trainer Welsh Soutar (back to camera) chatting with racing fans after scoring a win with Zackontheattack. Zackontheattack (outside no. 1) with Shane Ellis getting the b ... Read More

Ali Baba’s prep race was pleasing — DaCosta, Halledeen

BY RUDDY ALLEN Observer Staff Reporter | Tuesday, May 19, 2015    

Halledeen (left)
and Wayne

ANTE-POST favourite for the Cal's Jamaica Derby, Ali Baba's final run before his date with destiny was described as "pleasing" by both his trainer Wayne DaCosta and his jockey Robert Halledeen. The 2,000 Guineas winner, who was racing outside of his age group company for the first time at the Open Allowance level over nine furlongs and 25 yards last Saturday, finished third but was promoted to second following the disqualification of Commanding Chief for causing interference. The race was won i ... Read More

Preakness winner Espinoza gets third try at Triple Crown

Tuesday, May 19, 2015    

ESPINOZA…going into these big races,
sometimes we have a plan and a lot of
things will change. (PHOTO: AP)

BALTIMORE (AP) - Victor Espinoza couldn't wait to get off American Pharoah. His boots were water-logged, his goggles were painted with mud and a chill ran through the jockey's body as thunder roared overhead. So, forgive Espinoza for acting like a man in a hurry to get the job done after the gate burst open last Saturday to launch the 140th running of the Preakness. "I was freezing," Espinoza said. "I just wanted to get it over with." The Mexican jockey guided American Pharoah to a seven-len ... Read More

Triple Crown hopeful American Pharoah healthy, but tired

Tuesday, May 19, 2015    

Preakness Stakes winner American Pharoah stops his morning walk to check
out the crowd around the stakes barn on Sunday at the Pimlico Race Course
in Baltimore. (PHOTO: AP)

BALTIMORE (AP) -- American Pharoah stood outside the Pimlico stakes barn, staring straight ahead at trainer Bob Baffert, who was holding his lead shank while two others were hosing off the white bandages around the colt's legs. All was well on the Sunday morning after Kentucky Derby winner American Pharoah won the Preakness to set up a Triple Crown attempt in the Belmont Stakes on June 6. ''He looks fine. He's a little quiet. He's a little tired, like he's supposed to be after a race,'' Baffer ... Read More

American Pharoah wins Preakness raising Triple Crown hopes

Sunday, May 17, 2015    

American Pharoah (centre) ridden by Victor Espinoza crosses
the finish line to win the 140th running of the Preakness Stakes
at Pimlico Race Course yesterday. (PHOTO: AFP)

BALTIMORE, United States (AFP) -- American Pharoah won a rain-soaked Preakness Stakes yesterday, keeping alive his bid to become the first horse in 37 years to claim US racing's Triple Crown. The Kentucky Derby winner, trained by Bob Baffert and ridden by Victor Espinoza, was untroubled by driving rain that turned the Pimlico track to a soupy mess minutes before post time. Taken to the front early, American Pharoah cruised to victory in the 1 3/16-mile race ahead of long-shot Tale of Verve, wi ... Read More

Mellisa Ward lights up the Park

BY RUDDY ALLEN Observer Racing Writer | Sunday, May 17, 2015    

Mellisa Ward, as flat as a
penny as she guides Sporting
Clay to victory. (PHOTOS:

ON a day when the water woes at Caymanas Park were temporarily eased by a shower of rain, it took female apprentice trainee Mellisa Ward to bring back the sunshine to warm the hearts of racing fans. Ward guided Sporting Clay to victory in yesterday's first official apprentice race offered by the Jamaica Racing Commission (JRC) for the recent entrants in the Jockey Training School at Caymanas Park. Ward, one of three females in the batch of 20 apprentice riders currently in training, looked goo ... Read More



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