Horse Racing

Campesino to go all the way

Legendary five-time champion jockey Winston ‘Fanna’ Griffiths (left) greets widow Yvonne Mattis at the end of
yesterday’s funeral service for the late double Hall-of-Famer Kenneth Mattis OD at the Stella Maris Roman Catholic
Church, Shortwood Road in Kingston. Griffiths and Mattis had teamed up to register numerous outstanding victories at
Caymanas Park during the late 1970s and early 1980s. Mattis, 78, died on October 18, 2014. (PHOTO: KARL McLARTY)

A competitive-looking Overnight Allowance (three-year-olds and upward) jaunt going 1,100 metres will highlight and bring to a close another truncated eight-race card at 5:00 pm at Caymanas Park today. A field of 11 is carded to go to post in search of the principal share of the $715,000 purse with ... Read More

BROWN… our mandate as a Board, has been to manage the
operations of the company even in the context of continuous
breaking down of outdated equipment and machinery. At right: SMITH… even when you win a race, it can take up to even
eight weeks before payment is made. No secret that CTL in perilous financial position but the debt is much less - CTL chairman
CHAIRMAN of the horse racing's promoting company Caymanas Track Limited (CTL) Christopher Brown, in ... Read More

Errol Pottinger What They Say! - Errol Pottinger
When did your start your career as a trainer? I have been in the racing industry for 35 years. I wa ... Read More

Shared Belief Shared Belief completes final Breeders' Cup tune-up
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Shared Belief, the morning-line favourite for the US$5 million Breeders ... Read More

Glen Mendez now trains Princess Popstar

Friday, October 31, 2014    

Winston griffiths on board Princess Popstar in

The Complete Racing Guide understands that reigning horse of the year Princess Popstar who is now racing in Trinidad is now under the care of trainer Glen Mendez. The move to change stables by the owners follows the lethargic performance of the bay filly in the Trinidad Derby in September. Princess Popstar was formally trained in Trinidad by that country's many times champion John O'Brien. TRACKING CHANGES OF EQUIPMENT There were three instances on Wednesday's eight-race programme where change ... Read More

BREEDERS' CUP - A fine crop of three-year-olds

Friday, October 31, 2014    

Bayern (foreground)

THIS crop of three-year-olds could be one of the finest in recent memory. Seven of the 14 runners in the Classic are three-year-olds taking on older rivals. The contingent includes Shared Belief and the second and third choices, California Chrome at 4-1 and Tonalist at 5-1. "I think they're pretty good," Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith said. "Each and every one of them has come in here strong. If California Chrome fires his Kentucky Derby race, he's going to be tough." California Chrome has th ... Read More

Shared Belief, California Chrome to face off in Classic

Friday, October 31, 2014    

Tonalist winner
of the Belmont.

  ARCADIA, United States (AFP) — Top three-year-olds Shared Belief and California Chrome will square off for the first time tomorrow in the Breeders' Cup Classic. The Classic, on the dirt track at Santa Anita racetrack northeast of Los Angeles, will cap the two-day, 13-race Breeders' Cup slate worth some US$25 million. Shared Belief, unbeaten in seven starts, will break from the sixth post in the US$5 million Classic with Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith aboard and was installed as t ... Read More


Friday, October 31, 2014    

COMMANDING CHIEF…seeks his fourth straight win

SATURDAY OCTOBER 25 Alacrann - Cant 9f All Correct - Cant 9f Gal Last 6f 1160 Also Correct (B) - Cant 9f Gal Last 3f 363 Camouflage - Cant 9f Gal Last 3f 362 Campesino - Cant 9f Gal Last 5f 1012 Come Dance With Me - Cant 9f Commanding Chief (B) - Cant 9f *Gal Last 8f 1453 X 1321 Computerize - Cant 9f Gal Last 2f 243 Cosequin - Strode Out Str. Last 3f 410 D Girlforme (B) - Gate 5 Str. Gal 1st 4f 484 X 1040 Elvira - Cant 9f Epic Zar (B) - Cant 8f Gal Last 5f 1043 Force De Jour - Hacke ... Read More

Stop A Gap wins Cecil Charlton Mem Trophy

BY RUDDY ALLEN Observer Racing Writer | Thursday, October 30, 2014    

Stop A Gap under O'Brien White runs out a lonely winner at the end of the 2014 Cecil
Charlton Memorial Trophy at Caymanas Park yesterday. (PHOTO: BRYAN CUMMINGS)

The Fay Lee-owned Stop A Gap, who was the last horse to leave the gates, came with a strong run turning for home to land the feature Cecil C Charlton Memorial Trophy in fine style at Caymanas Park yesterday. With the in-form apprentice O'Brien White doing riding honours for trainer Dennis Lee, the five-year-old bay gelding by Storm Craft - Hear Me Clearly by Repriced was slowly away at the start, but quickly rushed into fourth position behind Asia's Dream (Orlando Foster up), Change Him Name (S ... Read More

Eastwood, Stop A Gap, Meru to battle for Cecil Charlton Mem Trophy

BY HURBUN WILLIAMS Observer writer | Wednesday, October 29, 2014    

The flag flew at half mast at Caymanas Park last Saturday in tribute to Cecil Charlton,
former champion owner, president of the Bookmakers’ Association and a lifelong friend and
supporter of the sport of horse racing. (PHOTOS: JOSEPH WELLINGTON)

WHAt should have been an intriguing Sunday card will now be run as a midweek presentation with the Cecil Charlton Memorial Trophy taking centre stage at Caymanas Park today. The Cecil Charlton opens the eight-race card at 1:15 pm. A high-claiming call for three-year-olds and upward that also includes native-bred four-year-olds (NW4) in the claiming spread $550,000-$500,000 has attracted a field of seven going 1,300 metres for a purse of $570,000. Despite the small field, the presence of the do ... Read More

Racing fraternity pays due respect to Kenneth Mattis

BY OBSERVER RACING WRITER | Tuesday, October 28, 2014    

Former many-time champion jockey Charles Hussey (right in back row) was among
those who paid tribute on Saturday to the memory of the late Kenneth Mattis. Others
in photo are Mattis’s widow Yvonne (front row at right) and Robert Clark of the
Jamaica Racing Commission standing beside Mrs Mattis.

The racing fraternity paid due and fitting respect to the contributions to the sport by Kenneth Mattis, the only person to be inducted into the Hall of Fame of racing as a jockey and as a trainer. A large gathering of Mattis's family led by his widow Yvonne, along with officials from Caymanas Track Limited (CTL) and the Jamaica Racing Commission, gathered in the winners' enclosure on Saturday to honour the man who made such a profound and telling impact on his beloved sport of horse racing. Yv ... Read More

Tracking changes of equipment

Tuesday, October 28, 2014    

Frankenstorm winning with tongue tie and cheek pieces. (PHOTOS: BRYAN CUMMINGS)

  TRACKING CHANGES OF EQUIPMENT There were three instances on Saturday's 10-race programme where changes in equipment made the difference between winning and losing. Thus was the situation involving winners Frankenstorm, White Marl and Aldebaran. With the introduction of the tongue tie and cheek pieces, Frankenstorm trained by Dennis Lee with O'Brien White in the saddle, just held on for a three-quarter-length victory ahead of St Bernard over 1,200 metres. In the case of White Marl, the ... Read More

Hubert Bartley a winner again

BY OBSERVER RACING WRITER | Tuesday, October 28, 2014    

Hubert Bartley with equipment in tow heads for
the scales.

HUBERT Bartley is a winner again. After a long exile from competitive race riding, former champion jockey and crowd favourite Hubert Bartley returned to the winners' enclosure on Saturday last. Bartley guided the Dalton Comrie-trained Hail De King to an emphatic victory over King Nebarue and Annisa in what was no more than a simple piloting exercise. It was also a special moment for Comrie, as he, like Bartley, was winning his first race of the season from five attempts. Previous to this win, ... Read More

Overnight for Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Monday, October 27, 2014    

Persian Gold (foreground), a 16-1 shot trained by Howard Jaghai and ridden by claiming
apprentice Ruja Lahoe battles even money favourite Priestking, ridden by Dane Nelson,
to the line to win by a neck at Caymanas Park yesterday. (Photo: Hurbun Williams)

RACE 1 PURSE:$570,000 ** THE CECIL C CHARLTON MEMORIAL TROPHY ** 3-Y-O & UP CLAIMING $550,000-$500,000 & NB 4-Y-O NW4 1300M (6 1/2 FUR) 1.CHANGE HIM NAME 4 TLV DaneNelson-4 FRichards 56.0 2.STOP A GAP 5 CL 500 OWhite2-1 DLee 52.0 3.PRINZ BUSTA 3 BTL 550 AChatrie-1 GSubratie 54.0 4.ASIA'S DREAM 4 LV J.N.E SChung 54.0 5.MERU 6 &L 550 D ... Read More



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