Horse Racing

Step It Up lands Grooms' Trophy

Step It Up (right), with jockey Robert Halledeen in the saddle just holding off the late challenge of Smokin Man (Omar Simpson) to win the Grooms' Association of
Jamaica Trophy at Caymanas Park yesterday. (PHOTO: BRYAN CUMMINGS).

IN a bold front running effort, the Orville S Johnson-owned Step It Up just held on to win the Grooms' Association of Jamaica Trophy in a driving finish at Caymanas Park yesterday. Ridden by Robert Halledeen for trainer Stedman Curtis, Step It Up (Dayton Flyer - Constant Girl by Never Wavering) won ... Read More

Leading apprentice Prince Holder pilots Smokin Man to victory in last Saturday’s George Hosang Overnight
Allowance highlighter at Caymanas Park. (Photo: Hurbun Williams) Smokin Man looks a safe bet on Grooms Association day
On a day when the services of grooms at Caymanas Park are being honoured with a Grooms Association o ... Read More

45 Racedays - 441 Races Up to 19/07/2014 inclusive AGE 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Unpl Starts Stakes($) 1 ... Read More

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (left) and her daughter Princess Anne greet Estimate, who won the
Gold Cup horse race on the third day of the 2013 Royal Ascot horse race meeting, traditionally
known as Ladies Day, in Ascot, England. (PHOTO: AP) Queen's Gold Cup winner fails drug test
LONDON, July 22, 2014 (AFP) — A horse owned by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II which won one of E ... Read More

Overnight Sat July 26

Thursday, July 24, 2014    

RACE 1 PURSE:$480,600 ** ROY VASSELL (1978-PRESENT) ** NB 4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V (NW2) 1600M (8 FUR) 1.THE BEST FLYER 4 BTL OWhite2-1 LRobinson 53.0 2.GRAN CORAZON 4 T OSewell3-1 RMathie 53.0 3.FAIT ACCOMPLI 4 T&CL JErwin-1 STodd 52.0 4.INSPIRATION 6 L JErwin-2 STodd 52.0 5.RAJ KAPOOR 4 TL DaneNelson-1 MPowell 54.0 6.E ... Read More

Divestment on the cards soon, says Phillips

BY OBSERVER RACING WRITER | Tuesday, July 22, 2014    

PHILLIPS… the government
will be in a position by March
31, 2015, the end of this
financial year, to make a
decision and once and for all
put this long-standing issue to
HAMILTON… it’s not even so
much a question of divestment
of the industry anymore, it is a
question of investment.
WEHBY... I dare say,
government is not the entity to
run racing

MINISTER of Finance and Planning Peter Phillips has given the commitment that the divestment of the Caymanas Park racing plant and the promotion of local racing will be complete during the course of the present financial year. Phillips made the commitment at the annual general meeting of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association held last Friday at the HAM Stables in Portmore, St Catherine. "The government has received reports from the enterprise team tasked with the responsibility of o ... Read More

LP Azar Ltd sponsors Grooms' Day

BY RUDDY ALLEN Observer staff reporter | Tuesday, July 22, 2014    

CTL'S CEO Cedric Stewart (standing) addresses the Grooms' Association press conference. Seated from left are David
Hobson of CTL, Andrew Azar, Fabian White, Simone Johnson of LP Azar and Denzil Miller of CTL.

CAYMANAS Track Limited (CTL) has received sponsorship amounting to $500,000 from its main sponsor LP Azar Limited to host the 2014 Grooms' Day, it was announced at a press conference at Caymanas Park on Thursday last. The Grooms' Association of Jamaica Trophy, a $350,000 - $300,000 claiming event to be run over 1,000 metres straight for a purse of $530,000, is set to be the feature event on the day. The purse of $530,000 represents an increase of $50,000 on the regular purse offered for races i ... Read More

That change of equipment again

Tuesday, July 22, 2014    

Dick Cardenas

There were three instances on last Saturday's 11-race card where changes of equipment seem to have made the difference between winning and losing. Devil's Child returned with the introduction of the visor and got the job done. Ridden by Davidan Robinson for trainer Wilfred Chin, Devil's Child came with a strong run in the last 100 metres to win by half-length over Enhance Prosperity in 1:16:3 minutes for 1,200 metres. In the fifth race Crucial Appeal won convincingly with the addition of the ton ... Read More

Turn Me Loose makes strong statement

BY RUDDY ALLEN Observer staff reporter | Tuesday, July 22, 2014    

Turn Me Loose (Percy Williams) in full flight as he wins the first time of asking.

ANY assessment of Turn Me Loose (Western Classic - Devil Woman by Market Rally) might be too early, However, based on preliminary signals, this two-year-old chestnut colt seems to have more than just normal ability and is certainly one to watch for the future as the two-year-old season continues to unfold. Trained by Phillip Feanny and ridden by Percy Williams, Turn Me Loose shredded his maiden two-year-old rivals over 800 metres, winning by an ever- increasing nine lengths over Play Back (Dick ... Read More

Crucial Appeal sprints away with Master Baster Trophy


Crucial Appeal, with Dick Cardenas riding, wins the Master Blaster Trophy, yesterday at Caymanas Park.

IN a bold front-running effort, the Hamark Farms-owned Crucial Appeal used his natural speed and sprinted away from rivals to win the Master Blaster Trophy in fine style at Caymanas Park yesterday. Ridden by former champion jockey Dick 'Wild Coyote' Cardenas and trained by Patrick 'Wacky' Lynch, the four-year-old chestnut gelding by Crucial Trial-Late Appeal by Appealing Guy was sent off as the howling 3-5 favourite in the 1,000-metre straight event. Running from post position five, Crucial Ap ... Read More

Yesterday's horse-racing results

Sunday, July 20, 2014    

Yesterday's horse-racing results

Track Condition : Dirt : Good NOTE: Dividends are based on a J$50.00 bet for Win,Place,Exacta,Quinella,Double,Triple & Pick-4. All other bets J$5. Race 1 1200 M (Purse $480,600) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2) Pos No. Horse Jockey Kgm Odds Lgths Win Place 1. #4 DEVIL'S CHILD DRobinson3 52.0 3/1 202.00 50.00 2. #3 ENHANCE PROSPERITY RMcNaughton2 53.0 *1/4 1/2 50.00 3. #1 WINIT RWilson 54.0 11/1 9 50.00 4. #7 INDY ARAZI MGriffiths4 50.0 6 ... Read More

El Cliente for Master Blaster Trophy

BY HURBUN WILLIAMS Observer writer | Saturday, July 19, 2014    

Former champion jockeys, Omar Walker (left) aboard El Cliente, and Dick Cardenas (right) atop Midnight
Launch get down to serious business with the former prevailing to win the second race on Sunday's ninerace
card at Caymanas Park. (PHOTO: HURBUN WILLIAMS)

TAKE El Cliente in today's Master Blaster Trophy feature, the fifth race of the 11-race card at Caymanas Park. It is, however, still anybody's race among Restricted Allowance III native-bred four-year-olds and upward (NW3 O/T) with a number of other primers, who will also go hunting for the major share of the $516,600 purse on offer. A race for sprinting specialists going 1,000 metres straight, a small field of seven is carded to go to post at approximately 2:10 pm, with first post at 12:10 pm ... Read More

Could this be the Princess' last run on local soil?

BY OBSERVER RACING WRITER | Friday, July 18, 2014    

SIMPLY WONDERFUL! Horse of the Year, Princess Popstar (Percy Williams) is a picture of
excellence and class as she wins her sixth race on Wednesday at Caymanas Park.

Could this be her last run in Jamaica? Princess Popstar's victory on Wednesday probably signalled the end of her racing career in Jamaica, as the truly gifted horse of the year again demonstrated to local fans the depth of her class. Racing over six furlongs from the outside draw, jockey Percy Williams quickly got her going, and despite attempts from the likes of Classy Prospect and El Poderoso to challenge, the offspring of Adore The Gold - Doc's Paladin simply moved into another gear and pul ... Read More

Chance ride spurs Devon A Thomas to double

Friday, July 18, 2014    

Devon A Thomas aboard
Change Him Name. At right: Orayne Sewell atop Marine
Drive getting assistance from
trainer Dennis Thwaites.

We do not hear about him that often nor do we see him in the winners' enclosure on a regular basis, but veteran jockey Devon A Thomas gave a gentle reminder of his riding skills with a superb double, El Patron and Change Him Name at Caymanas Park on Wednesday. Thomas first winner was a chance ride, the Paul Hylton - trained El Patron, who ran out an easy winner in the fifth race over 1,600 metres beating Supem Ago Happen (Dane Nelson) by seven-and-a-half lengths in 1:43:2 minutes. Thomas complet ... Read More



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