Horse Racing

Franfield lands Ren Gonzalves Memorial Cup

Franfield is eased down by Shane Ellis just before passing the post first to win
the Reynold ‘Ren’ Gonzalves Memorial Cup at Caymanas Park yesterday.
Franfield is trained by Richard Azan. (PHOTO: JOSEPH WELLINGTON)

Former champion jockey Shane Ellis was the toast at Caymanas Park yesterday, riding a three-timer to highlight the nine-race programme. Ellis's winners included the Richard Azan-conditioned Franfield, who romped home in the Reynold 'Ren' Gonzalves Memorial Cup feature in fine style going over 2,000 ... Read More

Hover Craft, under Paul Francis, romps home in The Viceroy Trophy feature at
Caymanas Park yesterday. (PHOTO: JOSEPH WELLINGTON) Hover Craft leads DaCosta sweep of The Viceroy Trophy
Champion conditioner Wayne DaCosta gave racing fans a glimpse of his skills when he posted the first ... Read More

Uncle Taf should be unstoppable in today’s feature at Caymanas Park. Uncle Taf zooms in on 'Ren' Gonzalves Mem Cup
UNCLE Taf, consistent as they come, can close the two-day racing carnival with a long overdue win in ... Read More

Perfect Neighbour, with Orlando Bocachica in the saddle, wins the Jamaica Derby in 2013. Perfect Neighbour will be hard to beat today
Perfect Neighbour, the Derby winner of two racing seasons ago, will face the starter in his best rac ... Read More

'Byah' Mitchell returns

BY RUDDY ALLEN Observer racing writer | Saturday, June 27, 2015    

MITCHELL… The turf is like a carpet;
it is smooth and pretty and it is much
faster than when you are riding on the

Jockey Richard 'Byah' Mitchell is back home for a short time to be with his family after a riding stint in California. Mitchell was seen on the exercise track on Wednesday morning where he told the Complete Racing Guide that he is gaining tremendous experience riding at the Golden Gates racetrack. Mitchell, who first went to Golden Gates last November, said that the opportunity of riding alongside the best jockeys in North America cannot be measured in monetary terms. "The experience ridin ... Read More

What They Say! - Paul Ramsay

Saturday, June 27, 2015    

Paul Ramsay

When did you start your career as a jockey? I was first introduced to the sport by my brother, Robert Ramsay, and from then I have been coming to the track on a regular basis. That was when I fell in love with the sport as I got my riding licence in 1991. And even though that has been a long time, I still maintain that special love for horse racing. Which horse was your first winner? My first winner was aboard the Cordel Stewart -trained Reverberation. I was so happy when I won my first race ... Read More

The Complete Racing Guide - PHOTOS

Saturday, June 27, 2015    

Jockey Douglas Badaloo after his win on Cover Drive.
Phineas is guided to the winner's enclosure by jockey Aaron

Jockey Douglas Badaloo after his win on Cover Drive. Elvira (on the outside in red and white silks) with jockey Paul Francis locked in battle turning for home in a five-furlong non-winners of two event.  Alexander in full flight under the guidance of Kuri Powell. Jockey Paul Francis reflects on his win aboard Elvira last Saturday at the Park. Burning Medic (Omar Walker - # 4) pulls away from rivals to win the nightcap on Saturday last. Horses get off to an even break in a nine-furlon ... Read More

Ali Baba seeks revenge in the Jamaica St Leger - Halledeen

Friday, June 26, 2015    

HALLEDEEN…I have developed a special bond with Ali Baba.

AFTER finishing second to Seeking My Dream in the 12-furlong Cal's Jamaica Derby on June 13, jockey Robert Halledeen is confident that Ali Baba can turn the tables on his stable companion in next week Saturday's run for the St Leger. Halledeen said that based on preparations and class, Ali Baba is the horse to beat in the 2,000-metre event for native-bred three-year-olds. "Ali Baba is the horse to beat in the St Leger. Despite his loss in the Derby, Ali Baba will be the horse to beat come next ... Read More

Horses ready for the St Leger - Harry Parsard

BY RUDDY ALLEN Observer racing writer | Friday, June 26, 2015    

PARSARD…finishing fourth
and fifth in the Derby, while
not the best achievement
possible, is still something
which a take a lot of pride in

VETERAN trainer Harry Parsard said that his charges Original Train and Superluminal will once again have an impact on another 'big race', this time the St Leger, scheduled for next week Saturday over 2,000 metres. Parsard said that his charges are training well and will be around at the end of the St Leger as distance has never been a problem for his two three-year-olds. "Both Original Train and Superluminal have been training well. They are moving nicely in the mornings and have done everythi ... Read More

Nelson, Ellis, Nunes carrying Jamaica's flag abroad

Friday, June 26, 2015    

Jockey Shane Ellis (left) with trainer Anthony Nunes.

Jockeys Dane Nelson and Shane Ellis and trainer Anthony Nunes continue to keep Jamaica's flag flying high at international racetracks in Canada and Trinidad and Tobago. Three-time defending Jamaican champion jockey Nelson continued to demonstrate his prowess in the saddle when he rode another triple to highlight the nine-race Father's Day programme at the Assiniboia Downs racetrack in Winnipeg, Canada on Sunday last. In addition to his three-timer, Nelson rode two winners the previous race d ... Read More

Allan ‘Billy’ Williams - A St Leger hero

BY LENKY SILVER Observer racing writer | Friday, June 26, 2015    

PARSARD…finishing fourth
and fifth in the Derby, while
not the best achievement
possible, is still something
which a take a lot of pride in.
Allan 'Billy' Williams

HALL of Fame trainer Allan 'Billy Williams has made a considerable impact on the third Classic in racing's Triple Crown, the Jamaica St Leger. In the 56 year history of the St Leger at Caymanas Park, Williams has won the event nine times. He started his hold on the St Leger trophy way back in 1964 when he combined with another Hall of Famer, then jockey Kenneth Mattis, to win with Captain Goodenough. The pair combined again in 1966 with Saratoga. Williams continued his winning association with ... Read More

Phineas scores emphatic win

Tuesday, June 23, 2015    


PHINEAS defied the odds and produced a strong run in the final furlong to score a really good win among Open Allowance company at Caymanas Park last Saturday. The victory was well deserved for the Andrew McDonald-trained Phineas as he continued to show rapid improvement despite getting on in years. On Saturday he beat a good field in a 1,400-metre race by one-and-a-quarter lengths. Phineas (Distorted - Winning Spirit) with jockey Aaron Chatrie, who replaced Jevvanne Erwin in the saddle, stay ... Read More

Racing Guide Photos and captions - June 23

Tuesday, June 23, 2015    

(L) These young ladies choose the number one to make their
presence known.
the news
of victory

A sprinter in the making. (PHOTOS: JOSEPH WELLINGTON) These young ladies choose the number one to make their presence known. Swift Gold (on the outside) with Richard Mairs in the saddle just about to get the better of Rayan Wilson on Marisha Star. Apprentice Kuri Powell aboard winner Alexander. The winners of the recent Cal's Manufacturing Limited Derby Day Jockeys' Challenge pose with Cal's CEO, Carlton Watson, (second right) after receiving their cheques. From left are Omar Walker (first p ... Read More

On to the Jamaica St Leger

Tuesday, June 23, 2015    

Shining Light – one of the new entries on the provisional list for
the Jamaica St Leger.

A total of 16 horses led by Derby winner Seeking My Dream are provisionally entered for the Jamaica St Leger scheduled for Saturday July 4. There are five entered in the St Leger who did not participate in the Cal's Jamaica Derby on June 13. Out of the Derby go Turbo Machine Cat, Berranca, Siempre Bueno and Puddy Pooh, while into the St Leger, Ballon D'Or, Gofortheglory, Granville Greta, Shine and Shining Light are entered. It is to be noted that on Nomination Day, Wednesday July 2, horses can ... Read More



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