Horse Racing

Seeking My Dream to repeat in Diamond Mile

Lotto Classic, St Leger and Superstakes winner Bigdaddykool will have Dick Cardenas in the irons for the Diamond Mile.

The second running of the juggernaut of horse racing in the English-speaking Caribbean, the $13.915 million (US$115,000 approximately) Diamond Mile, will highlight an imposing 14-race programme at Caymanas Park today. The main sponsors for the Diamond Mile are Supreme Ventures Limited (SVL), Bettin ... Read More

Dane Nelson returns to ride Franfield, one of the favourites to take the Diamond Mile. (Observer file photos) Diamond Mile - Exotic wagers
Sunrise 6 (Races 2-7) Race 2) Leekout/Boffo/Jason’s Gold Rcae 3) Don Chassis Race 4) Ian Li ... Read More

Dane Nelson shows his likeness for Franfield (Photo: Joseph Wellington) One thing on my mind, the Diamond Mile - Dane Nelson is ready
The much-anticipated wait for the return of Dane ‘Warrior Chief’ Nelson ends tomorrow on ... Read More

Shamaree Muir Maria’s Glory suspended for 60 days; groom, trainer fined
The stewards of the Jamaica Racing Commission are announcing the following disciplinary actions aris ... Read More

Trainer Patrick Smellie fined, warned off

Friday, December 09, 2016    

Trainer Patrick Smellie

Trainer Patrick Smellie was warned off all courses for three years with effect from December 6, 2016, and was also fined $250,000 by The First Instance Tribunal of the Jamaica Racing Commission. The tribunal made the ruling on December 5 after it conducted an investigation under Section 25 of the Jamaica Racing Commission Act into a report by the racing chemist that a urine sample taken from the horse Joyful Rakota on October 10, 2015, indicated the presence of Ephedrine, a prohibited substan ... Read More

Franfieldis the Diamond Mile choice

By Observer Racing Writer | Friday, December 09, 2016    

5 - Franfield

The time is nigh. The anxiety thickens. The wait is almost over. The preparations are done and finally the 16 best horses in the land, bar none, are ready to compete for the high stakes of the second running of the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission, Supreme Ventures Limited, and Caymanas Track Limited-sponsored Diamond Mile. Affiliate sponsors for the Diamond Mile are ISP Finance Limited, ATL Automotive Limited and the Jamaica Observer Limited. Although quite a difficult task, the Compl ... Read More

Who will win the Diamond Mile?

Friday, December 09, 2016    

Fitzroy Glispie

The second running of the ultra-rich Diamond Mile Race will take place at Caymanas Park tomorrow. Trainers side with Seeking My Dream to repeat in the 1,600-metre event. ROWAN MATHIE I think that Seeking My Dream will defend his title in this year’s renewal of the Diamond Mile race. Seeking My Dream, to me, is a very good mile horse, rather than going a mile-and-a-half and a mile-and-a-quarter. You can beat him going two turns, but at a mile I believe that he is strong th ... Read More

The Diamond Mile DRAW

Friday, December 09, 2016    

Trainer of Diamond Mile runner Neive Graham (right foreground) informing that his horses got the number five post position. (Photos: Joseph Wellington)

The draw for the 16 Diamond Mile post positions took place on Wednesday at the Acropolis Gaming Lounge in St Andrew. The Complete Racing Guide shares some of the moments through the lens of photographer Joseph Wellington. Read More


Friday, December 09, 2016    

Choo Choo Blue, Cant 8f *Gal Last 5f 1:00.0 minutes on December 3. (Photo: Joseph Wellington)

SATURDAY DECEMBER 3 A Thousand Stars – Cant 9f Adios Amigos (C) – Cant 9f Gal Last 5f 1030 Africa – Cant Out Chute Gal Last 3f 383 Another Fury – Cant 9f *Gal Last 5f 1000 bt Adios Amigos Awesome Destiny – Cant 9f Bigdaddykool (C) – Cant 9f Bird Catcher (B) - Gate 5 Str Gal 1st 4f 471 X 1003 bt Timeforarms Brawn (B) – Cant 9f Buzz Nightmare – Cant Out Chute *Gal Last 7f 1260 Campesino – Cant Out Chute *Gal Last 7f 1260 Chace The Gr ... Read More

Diamond field

BY RUDDY ALLEN Observer racing writer | Thursday, December 08, 2016    

The screen showing the post position draws of the runners in the SVL Diamond Mile. (Photos: Joseph Wellington)

The field for the second running of the $13.5- million Diamond Mile Race was announced yesterday at the Post Position (PP) Draw of the runners at the Acropolis Gaming Lounge in Kingston. The Diamond Mile Race’s main sponsors are Supreme Ventures Limited, Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission and Caymanas Track Limited, with associate sponsors ISP Finance Limited, ATL Automotive Limited and the Jamaica Observer. Ultimately, 16 horses will start in the 1,600-metre event this Saturday ... Read More

Thompson’s Escape for Dec 15

BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer senior writer | Tuesday, December 06, 2016    

Michelle Thompson at the launch of A Great Escape in Toronto in September. (Photo: Contributed)

A Way To Escape, Jamaican Michelle Thompson’s book based on her childhood in East Kingston, will have its local launch on December 15. It will be launched at the University of the West Indies’ Mona campus in Kingston. The book, Thompson’s first, chronicles the life of a working class family in post-independence Jamaica. Their stable home is disrupted by an alcoholic father’s abuse of his wife. The matriarch, Rose Tomlinson, leaves her husband with their children and ev ... Read More

Perfect Neighbour just gets in

BY OBSERVER RACING WRITER | Tuesday, December 06, 2016    

Perfect Neighbour now in Diamond Mile (Photos: Joseph Wellington)

When the final provisional list of runners for the second Diamond Mile race was released on Saturday evening by the promoting company, Caymanas Track Limited, the non-entry of three-year-old filly Pinelope created an opening for former Derby winner, Perfect Neighbour to participate. Before the final provisional list was made known on Saturday, Perfect Neighbour, who has not been at his best this season, was standing atop the ‘also eligibles’. With the departure of Pinelope,Perfect ... Read More

Remembering the first Diamond Mile

BY OBSERVER RACING WRITER | Tuesday, December 06, 2016    

Former chairman of the Betting Gaming and Lotteries Commission,  Gary Peart (left) chats with the Chairman of Supreme Ventures Limited, Paul Hoo at last year's inaugural staging of the Diamond Mile.  (Observer file photo)

It came as a novelty. There were doubts, there were criticisms of its format, some simply did not believe it was possible. Yet the first staging of the Diamond Mile on December 5, 2015-sponsored by the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission (BGLC), Supreme Ventures Limited and Caymanas Track Limited — was a resounding success. The brainchild of then chairman of the BGLC, Gary Peart, the Diamond Mile saw 14 races run on the day and, for the first time ever at Caymanas Park, the minimum ... Read More

High hopes for Brawn

BY HURBUN WILLIAMS Observer writer | Tuesday, December 06, 2016    

Brawn with Diamond Mile rider Aaron Chatries (Photos: Joseph Wellington)

Trainer Gary Subratie believes his American-bred charge Brawn has the right credentials to represent the stable well in the Diamond Mile at Caymanas Park on Saturday. The Diamond Mile, which carries a purse of US$115,000, is sponsored by Supreme Ventures Limited, Caymanas Track Limited, and the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission. Affiliate sponsors include ISP Finance Limited, ATL Automotive Limited and the Jamaica Observer. Brawn is one of three horses in the line-up secured automatic e ... Read More



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