Horse Racing

Fernando De La Cruz, Patrick Husbands add foreign flavour to Classics

(L) Fernando De La Cruz set to ride Poker
Star in the 2,000 Guineas.
(R) NELSON…has chosen to ride Alacrann
in the 2,000 and Berranca in the 1,000

THERE will be a strong international favour to the season's first two Classic races, the 1,000 Guineas for fillies and the 2,000 Guineas for colts and geldings. The 1,000 Guineas is set for Saturday April 4 and the 2,000 Guineas for Easter Monday, April 6. Peruvian-born American-based jockey Ferna ... Read More

Muir aboard Granville Greta (PHOTO: JOSEPH WELLINGTON) Shamaree Muir rides first winner after injury
AFTER returning to competitive race riding on March 21 from injuries sustained in a fall two months ... Read More

Trainer Harry Parsard (centre) with jockeys Dane Nelson (left) and Obrien White before the
running of the Chairman’s Trophy on Saturday. (PHOTOS: JOSEPH WELLINGTON) Complete Racing Guide - march 31
CAPTION - Trainer Harry Parsard (centre) with jockeys Dane Nelson (left) and Obrien White before the ... Read More

Jockey Paul Ramsay chats with trainer Patrick Taylor. Ten horses claimed on saturday
Ten horses were claimed on the 11-race programme at Caymanas Park on Saturday. El Patron was claimed ... Read More

Boy Wonder's streak comes to an end

Tuesday, March 31, 2015    

Boy Wonder

The seven-race winning streak by four-year-old colt Boy Wonder came to an end on Saturday in the Chairman's Trophy run over seven and a half furlongs. After chasing stable companion and eventual winner Uppa Tune approaching the home bend, Boy Wonder faded badly in the deep stretch and finished seventh of the eight runners. Boy Wonder started his winning streak on his return from injuries on October 18 of last year with six consecutive victories, including a win at the top level in the Eileen C ... Read More

Parsard scores another Graded Stakes win

BY RUDDY ALLEN OBSERVER STAFF REPORTER | Tuesday, March 31, 2015    

Uppa Tune with Dane Nelson
romping the Chairman’s Trophy.
(PHOTO: JOSEPH WELLINGTON)

Veteran trainer Harry Parsard continued his good form with another 'A' Class victory when his charge, the free-running American bay horse Uppa Tune, easily won the Chairman's Trophy over 1,500 metres at Caymanas Park on Saturday. Under the guidance of the three-time defending champion jockey Dane Nelson, Uppa Tune made all the running in the three-year-olds and upward event for Grade One horses. Uppa Tune (Concorde Tune - Uppa Hughie) was never really challenged, winning by six-and-a-half leng ... Read More

Also Correct proves to be the right choice

BY RUDDY ALLEN Observer Racing Writer | Monday, March 30, 2015    

Top apprentice Shamaree Muir guides Also Correct (#6)
between horses in deep stretch to win the Winston
Griffiths OD Trophy co-feature at Caymanas Park
yesterday. (PHOTO: GARFIELD ROBINSON)

ON a day when five races on the nine-race programme were trophy races being run in honour of top jockeys, it was the Wayne DaCosta-trained Also Correct who stole the spotlight by winning the Winston Griffiths OD Trophy co-feature at Caymanas Park yesterday. Piloted by top apprentice Shamaree Muir, Also Correct (Region Of Merit -Royal Pizza), who was sent off as a 6-1 betting option after being outpaced in fifth position leaving the half-mile, came with a crippling run between horses in deep str ... Read More

Sunday racing honours top jockeys

Sunday, March 29, 2015    

Winston Griffiths carries his equipment
as he heads for the scales after his win on
Trail Blazer. (File Photo)

Sunday racing continues at Caymanas Park today with the nine-race card Jockey Guild of Jamaica Day race day. The main event of the card is the Jockey Guild Of Jamaica Trophy supported by four races in the names of jockeys Winston Griffiths, Al Gopie, David McKenzie and Gary Santos, who have served the racing industry with distinction in their own rights. The race is set for Overnight Allowance horses, three-year-olds and upward who have never won a race in the class even after several attempts ... Read More

Uppa Tune proves too classy for rivals in Chairman's Trophy romp

Sunday, March 29, 2015    

Uppa Tune
(Paul Francis)
after his win in
the Reggae
Trophy.

THREE-TIME defending champion jockey Dane Nelson was at his typical best when guiding the Harry Parsard-conditioned Uppa Tune to a commanding triumph in the Chairman's Trophy feature at Caymanas Park yesterday. The versatile American-bred, six-year-old horse by Concorde's Tune-Uppa Hughie by Secret Prince won by six-and-a-half lengths in the Grade Stakes event for three-year-olds and upwards going over 1,500 metres. All Correct (Paul Francis up) came running on in deep stretch for second ahead ... Read More

Overnight racing programme for Saturday, March 28, 201 5

Thursday, March 26, 2015    

NB 4-Y-O & UP MAIDEN CONDITION RACE 1400M (7FUR) 1.SUNNY PROSPECT 4 B& PParchment-4 PLee 54.0 2.PECKARONI 5 L RNelson4-1 AChong 57.0 3.SIR ROLAND 4 TL DaneNelson-1 AnthNunes 57.0 4.SPORTING CLAY 4 TLV J.N.E GDavis 54.0 5.DEAN KEETN 4 L MGrant-4 KBrivette 53.0 6.SUPER HERITAGE 4 L AChatrie-1 ... Read More

Pleased with prep runs by Come Dance With Me, Alacrann, says trainer Nunes

BY RUDDY ALLEN OBSERVER STAFF REPORTER | Tuesday, March 24, 2015    

Alacrann with Dane Nelson makes his way to the starting
gates. (PHOTO: JOSEPH WELLINGTON)

AFTER finishing first and third respectively in the prestigious Jamaica Two-Year-Old Stakes last Boxing Day, Alacrann and Come Dance With Me both returned last Saturday for their first race of the season, with the former competing at the Overnight Allowance level and the latter in a Restricted Stakes event. The races provided an opportunity to assess the progress of both horses and they responded with notable performances. Trainer Anthony Nunes and jockey Dane Nelson are satisfied ahead of the ... Read More

Ali Baba ends preparation for 2000 Guineas in style

BY RUDDY ALLEN OBSERVER STAFF REPORTER | Tuesday, March 24, 2015    

Ali Baba speeding to victory with Robert
Halledeen (PHOTO: JOSEPH WELLINGTON)

ALI Baba (Fearless Vision - Ahwhofah by Royal Minister) continued on his mission to the 2000 Guineas with another impressive victory in a Restricted Stakes event on Saturday. The race provided the final opportunity to assess the progress of the three-year-old bay colt, and Ali Baba responded well by taking the 1,300-metre event with an impressive run, scoring comfortably by three-and-three-quarter lengths in a fast time of 1:18:3 minutes behind splits of 23:0, 46:0 and 1:11:1 minutes. Capably ... Read More

Complete Racing Guide - March 24

Tuesday, March 24, 2015    

PART OF THE WINNING CONNECTION!

CAPTION - Shamaree Muir walks to the Parade Ring for the first time in two months after sustaining injuries in early January. (PHOTOS: JOSEPH WELLINGTON) CAPTION - Omar Walker Jnr (right) enjoying his soup provided by Grandpa Vernal. CAPTION - Trainer Neive Graham (left) and jockey Paul Francis after both combined to score a victory with Winesha. CAPTION - This lady is ensuring she has a photo of the winner. CAPTION - Looking good with cellphone in hand. CAPTION - What could be better? Trai ... Read More

Double The Honey for DaCosta, Halledeen

BY RUDDY ALLEN Observer racing writer | Sunday, March 22, 2015    

Double The Honey (second right) being pushed out by Robert Halledeen to get the better of The Guv (right), under Shane Ellis, and Deo
Volente (#9), the mount of Marc Griffiths, in a driving finish at Caymanas Park yesterday. The Guv and Deo Volente dead-heated for
second. (PHOTO: JOSEPH WELLINGTON)

IN a show of exactly why he is one of the leading contenders for the jockeys' title, Robert Halledeen rode a truly great race on Double The Honey to win the top-rated Overnight Allowance event at Caymanas Park yesterday. From a level break, Halledeen sent the Wayne DaCosta-trained Double The Honey to take a narrow lead over Rock Union (Aaron Chatrie up) and Red Flag (Paul Francis aboard). Double The Honey took full control of the race turning for home, and despite the late appearance of The Gu ... Read More



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