Horse Racing

Injured Maragh still hopeful of Breeders Cup ride

Rajiv Maragh

NEW YORK, USA (CMC) — Jamaican jockey Rajiv Maragh remains hopeful about riding in the Breeders Cup Series, despite breaking his arm in a fall at Belmont last Saturday. He underwent surgery last Sunday to have plates and screws inserted to help stabilise the arm and was discharged from North ... Read More

Trainer Johnny Wilmot (centre) in the Caymanas Park winners' enclosure with friends after the win by Holiday Weekend.
(PHOTO: BRYAN CUMMINGS) Special day for trainer Johnny Wilmot
Saturday, September 27, 2014 will always be a day to remember for trainer Johnny Wilmot. After thre ... Read More

Crucial Appeal (AT LEFT) LYNCH… notched his 23rd winner
on Saturday Trainer Patrick Lynch quietly getting the winners
Quietly without much fanfare, as is his nature, trainer Patrick Lynch is reaping the benefits of his ... Read More

Horses in last Saturday's ninth race led by Dancing Mood
(Davidan Robinson) and followed by Also Correct (Dick
Cardenas) and Kippytheteacher (Marc Griffiths) entering the
racetrack for the event. PHOTOS: Complete Racing Guide — Sept. 30th
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That change of equipment again

Tuesday, September 30, 2014    

Lock and Loaded with O'Brien White in the saddle

The Anthony Nunes-trained Lock And Loaded continued the trend of trainers making a change of equipment that has led to success. After the chestnut colt's dismal run as the favourite on his last outing finishing nine lengths in fourth position, Lock And Loaded (Adore The Gold - Runin On Empty) returned on Saturday with the tongue tie and the reintroduction of Lasix and guess what happened? He ran out an easy three-and-a-quarter length winner going over 1,400 metres with claiming apprentice O'Brie ... Read More

Maragh wins Joe Hirsch shoot-out but breaks arm in spill

Monday, September 29, 2014    

MARAGH… rushed to North Shore
Hospital on Long Island complaining of
pain in his right arm

ELMONT, New York (CMC) — Jamaican jockey Rajiv Maragh snatched a thrilling win aboard Main Sequence in the US$600,000 Grade I Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Stakes here Saturday, but his outing at Belmont Park turned sour when he suffered a broken arm in the next race after taking a heavy spill. Going off at odds of 2-1 in the trip over one and a half miles, Maragh and Main Sequence recovered from a slow start before getting the better of a stretch duel with Twilight Eclipse to win by a neck in ... Read More

Typewriter to click in Owen Silvera Mem Cup

BY HURBUN WILLIAMS Observer writer | Sunday, September 28, 2014    

Typewriter (Dane Nelson) getting the better of Exotic Gold. (PHOTO: JOSEPH WELLINGTON)

Back-in-form gelding Typewriter goes in search of win number four this season when he takes on a formidable bunch of seven in the $786,500 Owen Silvera Memorial Cup feature at Caymanas Park today. The Owen Silvera, set among Open Allowance three-year-olds and upward, is set to go to post at approximately 4:35 pm with first post at 1:00 pm. Typewriter, the bay gelded son of Western Classic trained by Spencer Chung for owners Robert F Chung and W P Valentine Chung, came running on to win narrowl ... Read More

It was a Crucial Appeal

BY RUDDY ALLEN OBSERVER RACING WRITER | Sunday, September 28, 2014    

Crucial Appeal is being eased down by apprentice rider O'Brien White
just before passing the winning post in front in the fifth race, an
Overnight Allowance event for three-year-olds and upward over 1,000
metres straight at Caymanas Park yesterday. Crucial Appeal is trained by

It turned out to be a stroll in the park for the Hamark Farms-owned Crucial Appeal, as the speedy colt easily brushed aside a relatively good field to win an Overnight Allowance event for three-year-olds and upward over 1,000 metres straight at Caymanas Park yesterday. Claiming apprentice O'Brien White was asked to do the duties by trainer Patrick Lynch and with a mere 50.0 kilogrammes, Crucial Appeal (Crucial Trial - Late Appeal by Appealing Guy) made no mistake and obliged as the 4-5 favourit ... Read More

New Kingston on the hunt for 10th career win

BY HURBUN WILLIAMS Observer writer | Saturday, September 27, 2014    

New Kingston under Dane Nelson winning the Sam Mahfood Memorial Trophy over 1,400 metres
at Caymanas Park on Saturday, April 27.

What could be New Kingston's day at Caymanas Park could turn the Overnight Allowance highlighter of a 10-race card into an electric racing affair. There is ample reason why it could be just that as the efficient and pugnacious old battler is expected go headlong into taking his crave for winning into double figures after completing 94 races on local soil. From 93 starts New Kingston has enjoyed a decent and profitable racing career. Owned by Elizabeth DaCosta, Raymond Rousseau & Winston Ko ... Read More


Saturday, September 27, 2014    

Dane Nelson is as flat as a penny winning aboard the Andrew McDonald-conditioned Safe Passage in the second race, over 1,000 metres straight at Caymanas Park last Saturday. (PHOTO: BRYAN CUMMINGS) AS FLAT AS A PENNY --> Read More

Ali Baba returns in style

BY OBSERVER RACING WRITER | Friday, September 26, 2014    

Ali Baba (Dick
Cardenas) after his
victorious run on
Saturday last.

After receiving a whopping from Come Dance With Me on his first start, Ali Baba returned to deliver the same medicine to eight, two-year-old rivals on Saturday last at Caymanas Park. With Dick Cardenas again in the saddle, the well-built bay colt by Fearless Vision - Awhofah tussled for the lead with stable companion Dripping In Gold, then when asked by the rider to settle matters, Ali Baba simply pulled away for a near 10-length victory, covering six furlongs in 1:13.3 minutes. While not at thi ... Read More

Local fans vent anger, disappointment with performance of Princess Popstar

BY OBSERVER RACING WRITER | Friday, September 26, 2014    

Princess Popstar (#6) trying to make-up ground on Momentum. (PHOTO: TRINIDAD EXPRESS)

FOLLOWING the running of the Trinidad Derby on Wednesday, the Jamaica Observer promptly posted an article on its website -- the Latest News section giving report on the race after which readers immediately started to post comments. The Complete Racing Guide shares some of the views received from our readers. Please note some of the comments have been edited while some were not posted. * Watched the race... looked like a very poor ride, bad judgement of pace by the jockey. Owners of horse sho ... Read More

What They Say - Anthony Smith 

Friday, September 26, 2014    

Anthony Smith'  Racehorse Trainer

When did your start your career as a trainer? I am a lover of animals, especially horses. I was brought into racing by trainer George Kinghorne Jr and after some regular visits to the track my interest in horse racing grew and so the decision to choose a profession in the industry was a relatively easy one for me. I got my training license in 2000. Which horse was your first winner? I was so elated with jockey Valentino McBean rode a picture of a race on Amanda's Gold which provided me with m ... Read More


BY GLEN MOHAMMED TRINIDAD EXPRESS | Friday, September 26, 2014    

Jamaican-bred Momentum —
Trinidad's Triple Crown winner.

MOMENTUM became the third Triple Crown winner since centralisation of horse racing at Santa Rosa Park, Arima, in 1994, after success in yesterday's (Wednesday) NGC CNG Trinidad Derby Stakes over 2,000 metres. And the third time proved a charm for champion local trainer John O'Brien after the Jamaica-bred colt provided O'Brien with his first Triple Crown. O'Brien on two previous occasions previously went into local racing's blue riband event saddling one of his charges who had a Triple Crown at ... Read More



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