Horse Racing

Continued strike action halts Caymanas Park race meet

Dancing Queen (Ian Spence – on the outside) just getting up in the first section of the Eight Thirty Sprint on Saturday last at Caymanas Park to nip Zandrina with Andre Martin.

THE 10-race programme at Caymanas Park yesterday was cancelled due to continued industrial action being taken by staff members at the promoting company Caymanas Track Limited (CTL). The Jamaica Observer has learnt that workers from various departments have been protesting over the failure of the CT ... Read More

Campesino All set for a Campesino win
With no trophy race being offered on the 10-race card today, all eyes will be on the ninth race, an ... Read More

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Observer) The sprinters are out early
It has been a long time since racing fans have been blessed so early in the season by a non-trophy O ... Read More

NUNES.... I like the win-you-are-in situation as when you win the Jamaica Derby, the Caribbean Sprint Championship, the Superstakes and the Invitational Mile you get an automatic place in the Diamond Mile Race Good changes, more tweaking necessary – Anthony Nunes
Trainer Anthony ‘Baba’ Nunes is giving the thumbs up to the organisers of the Diamond Mi ... Read More

Robert Darby still finding the winners

BY LENKY SILVER Observer racing writer | Friday, February 05, 2016    

Robert Darby (right) with his son Ryan.

Trainer Robert Darby is certainly not the force he was in former years. Illness has curtailed his involvement in the sport he loves dearly – horse racing – but still he is able to sometimes conjure the magic which led him to be called the ‘Claiming King’ by his throng of loyal supporters at Caymanas Park. When claiming was first introduced in the early 1990s, Darby saw his opportunity and embraced the system. He was then known for his astute choices and the winners poure ... Read More

OUR READERS COMMENT – Year-to-date earnings condition unrealistic

Friday, February 05, 2016    

Royal Assault

EDITOR’S NOTE – A reader of the Complete Racing Guide responds to the new conditions announced last week for the 2016 running of the Diamond Mile. The reader is particularly concerned about the use of year-to-date earnings as the modus for choosing horses for the race. Some of these condition changes were much needed and practical, BUT using year-to-date earnings makes no sense to me. The competition between an average Grade 1 race and an Overnight or Allowance race is so enormous, ... Read More

Five horses claimed at Caymanas Park on Saturday

Friday, February 05, 2016    

Flying Miracle, under claiming apprentice Dane Dawkins, just gets up in the nick of time to nip Brave Prospect (Shane Ellis) on the wire.

There were five claims on the 10-race programme at Caymanas Park last Saturday. In the fourth race on a $180,000 claiming tag, Sink The Bismarck was claimed from Victor Williams by Winston Morris for SAC; Eusebia was claimed from Steven Todd by Johnny Wilmot for Nigel Dunn, and Reign Over All was also taken from Williams by Leroy Fearon acting as both trainer and owner. Brave Prospect was claimed from Michael McIntosh by Neive Graham for O’Shaun Connection for $450,000 from the seventh ... Read More

Dane scores first triple in 2016

Friday, February 05, 2016    

Three-time champion jockey Dane Nelson rode the first triple of the season on the nine-race programme at Caymanas Park on Sunday. Nelson started in the first race when he piloted the Patrick Lynch -conditioned Dwayne Star to a two-and-a-half length victory over Legal Account (Omar Walker) and Action Man (Bebeto Harvey) in a Restricted Allowance event over 1,000 metres straight. He then followed up in the sixth race with a really good ride on Will In Charge, who got home by one-and-a-half lengt ... Read More

Nuclear Affair pleases on return

BY RUDDY ALLEN Observer staff reporter | Tuesday, February 02, 2016    

Nuclear Affair
pleases on return

After finishing a head second to Future King in the Supreme Ventures Jamaica Two-Year-Old Stakes last Boxing Day, the Gary Subratie-trained Nuclear Affair returned in a Restricted Allowance event for native-bred three-year-olds non-winners of two that included imported three-year-olds and upward maidens going 1,500 metres at Caymanas Park last Saturday. The race provided an excellent opportunity for the connections to evaluate the progress of the chestnut filly, and Nuclear Affair responded wel ... Read More

Little Big Horn, Dr Banner make the ‘Mercury’ rise

BY RUDDY ALLEN Observer staff reporter | Tuesday, February 02, 2016    

A very happy Oneil Mullings guides Dr Banner to the winners’ enclosure.

The running of the $768,000 Mercury Sprint continued the campaign for the native-bred three-year-old Classic season at Caymanas Park. The maiden special weight event for colts and geldings, run over 1,000 metres straight, was divided into two sections with similar victories going to Little Big Horn and first-time starter Dr Banner. Little Big Horn, under former four-time champion jockey Omar Walker, made all convincingly to win by two-and-three-quarter lengths in a quick time of 0:58:3 seconds ... Read More

Amoy Gray gets home in front

BY RUDDY ALLEN Observer staff reporter | Tuesday, February 02, 2016    

Gray weighs in for the first time as a winner.

Sent off at odds of 2-1, Aldebaran took control of the 1,400-metre event approaching the half mile and cruised home easily to win by three lengths over No Coincidence on an $180,000 claiming tag. “The feeling at the moment is very wonderful…I am ecstatic about winning my first race. However, it was a relief as I have waited and waited on the right time, plus a lot of people had doubts in me, but I knew that this day would come,” Gray said after the win. “I must give ... Read More

The former apprentices – where are they now?

BY LENKY SILVER Observer racing writer | Tuesday, February 02, 2016    

Shamaree Muir – Turned out to be the pick of the lot, certainly in terms of winners. With over 130 winners, which is almost twice as much as his nearest rival from the batch, Muir continues to be around now that he has lost his ‘bug’, but the winning rides are not flowing as they once were for the native of Gregory Park. Forged for a short while a good relationship with top trainer Wayne DaCosta which brought about a number of stakes winners. That alliance was, however, short-lived and Muir still remains a freelancer. A fairly good rider who now speaks of going overseas to better hone his talent. Useful, and will continue to get winners but certainly not at the same level as when he could claim weight.

On September 8, 2012, a batch of 20 apprentices began their official riding careers after completing the mandatory training at the Jamaica Racing Commission’s Jockey’s Training School. The Complete Racing Guide in a special feature charts the course of these 20 riders who are now fully fledged jockeys. Read More

Racing Pictures - Feb 2

Tuesday, February 02, 2016    

Turbo Machine Cat (Richard Lunan aboard) is being led into the winner’s enclosure by connections after winning the fifth race last Saturday.

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5 horses claimed at Caymanas Park on Saturday

Monday, February 01, 2016 7:10 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — A mere five claims were made on the 10-race programme at Caymanas Park last Saturday. In the fourth race on a $180,000 claiming tag, Sink The Bismarck was claimed from Victor Williams by Winston Morris for SAC; Eusebia was claimed from Steven Todd by Johnny Wilmot for Nigel Dunn, and Reign Over All was also taken from Williams by Leroy Fearon, acting as both trainer and owner. Brave Prospect was claimed from Michael McIntosh by Neive Graham for O’Shaun Connectio ... Read More



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