Horse Racing

Owners must be aware of the risks

FOREMAN...Honestly, I love the sport of horseracing and I enjoy being here at Caymanas Park very much.(Observer file photo)

Racehorse owner Arthur Foreman is of the strong belief that people wanting to get involved in the owing of racehorses must know and understand the many risks involved before diving in. Foreman, who has been an owner for over 15 years, knows very well what it takes to survive in the racing industry ... Read More

Griffiths saddling Night Light, one of his three-year-olds. Gary Griffiths hopes to stay in top 10
Gary Griffiths, who started his training career in 2007, has been a model of consistency over the ye ... Read More

Franfield. (Observer file photo) A ‘Bonnie’ breeze for Franfield
The Bonnie Blue Flag Trophy run in honour of one of the best fillies to set hoofs on the racing surf ... Read More

Paul Charlton
Racehorse trainer WHAT THEY SAY - Paul Charlton
When did you start your career as a trainer? From an early age, I would follow my friends and come ... Read More

The life of a jockey

BY RUDDY ALLEN Observer staff reporter | Friday, March 24, 2017    

WILSON...(Observer file photo)

Exhausting hours, constantly watching weight and the risks of injury are just some of the many challenges a jockey has to face during a career in the saddle. Jockey Rayan Wilson shares his story of living this special but difficult life as a jockey. “A lot of people don’t realise how hard jockeys’ lives are. If you are riding good and winning races, people say you are making a lot of money. But it’s not easy; they don’t know what you have to go through each day an ... Read More

Kentucky Derby to celebrate Man o’ War with exhibit

Friday, March 24, 2017    

In this November 25, 1939, file photo, Man o’ War is led back to the barn by his lifetime caretaker and groom, Will Harbut, after exercising in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo: AP)

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (USA), (AP) — The Kentucky Derby Museum says it is planning a new exhibit next month on one of thoroughbred racing’s most famous horses: Man o’ War. The museum says in a statement that the interactive exhibit will open on April 8 and include information about Man o’ War’s life, his racing career, and his ties to the Kentucky Derby. Man ‘o War is considered one of the greatest racehorses of all time, winning 20 of 21 races. This year mar ... Read More

Special goggles behind Cheltenham Gold Cup-winning jockey’s comeback

Friday, March 24, 2017    

Robbie Power on Sizing John with his winning goggles atop his helmet.Photo: AFP

LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — Robbie Power would have been unable to ride Sizing John to Cheltenham Gold Cup glory last Friday but for a special type of goggles which allows him to overcome double vision he told The Guardian newspaper. The 35-year-old Irishman — who rode three winners at jumps racing’s showpiece event last week, all trained by Jessica Harrington — suffered a fractured left eye socket and a fractured cheekbone in a fall in a hurdle race last July. It le ... Read More

Different style from She’s A Maneater

BY OBSERVER RACING WRITER | Tuesday, March 21, 2017    

She’s A Maneater (Omar Walker) just able to get up in time to defeat Money Magnet (Bebeto Harvey) in the Front Runner Thornbird Stakes. (Photo: Joseph Wellington)

She’s A Maneater confirmed her status as the top filly within her three-year-old age group bracket with a decisive victory in the seven furlong (1,400m) Front Runner-sponsored Thornbird Stakes on Saturday last. The Complete Racing Guide analyses the results of this race. FIRST – She’s A Maneater: Forced by race circumstances, it was a different She’s A Maneater who turned up for the Thornbird. It was not the usual run from in front running effort b ... Read More

The ‘Samurai’ is getting sharper

BY OBSERVER RACING WRITER | Tuesday, March 21, 2017    

Fearless Samurai (Omar Walker) winning the Front Runner Stakes on Saturday. (Photo: Joseph Wellington)

The growth and rise of Fearless Samurai came into full view on Saturday, as the chestnut gelding by Fearless Vision – Sayuri, produced his best effort from his six starts to win the Front Runner sponsored Prince Consort Stakes. In doing so, Fearless Samurai significantly increased the din around his chances in the upcoming Classic races. The Complete Racing Guide analyses the final results of the Front Runner Prince Consort. FIRST – Fearless Samurai: Came in as the favourite and ... Read More

All doesn’t seem to be right with Sotomayor – trainer Anthony Nunes

BY RUDDY ALLEN Observer staff reporter | Tuesday, March 21, 2017    

Sotomayor (Linton Steadman) entering the racetrack to race on Saturday.

“Clearly something is wrong with Sotomayor. We haven’t been able to find anything wrong with him in the mornings and based on his run today (Saturday), clearly something is not right,” a very concerned trainer Anthony Nunes told the Complete Racing Guide. After Sotomayor’s eighth place finish on his seasonal debut on March 1, over six and a half furlongs (1,300m), a distance which is short of his liking, his connections wanted to see a better run from last year’s c ... Read More

More confidence after She’s A Maneater’s victory

BY RUDDY ALLEN Observer staff reporter | Tuesday, March 21, 2017    

Trainer Wayne DaCosta (right) saddles She’s A Maneater before the start of the Front Runner Thornbird Stakes on Saturday last. (Photo: Joseph Wellington)

After She’s A Maneater’s emphatic victory in the $1.3- million Front Runner Thornbird Stakes last Saturday, trainer Wayne DaCosta said that his confidence has grown a lot going into the April 8, 1,000 Guineas Classic race. However, it’s horse racing and DaCosta knows very well that there are no certainties. “Good performance, yes, but I think it was even better than a good performance by She’s A Maneater. “She (She’s A Maneater) was hindered at the s ... Read More

Fearless Samurai on course for 2,000 Guineas

BY RUDDY ALLEN Observer staff reporter | Tuesday, March 21, 2017    

Fearless Samurai with jockey Omar Walker and groom Bertie Johnson. (Photo: Joseph Wellington)

It was a remarkable day for champion trainer Wayne DaCosta on Saturday when he had the rare distinction of winning the two major trial races – the Front Runner sponsored Thornbird (fillies) and Prince Consort Stakes (colts and geldings) with She’s A Maneater and Fearless Samurai, respectively. DaCosta ended the day with a four timer, his other winners being Little Big Horn and Paper Chaser. After the win by Fearless Samurai, DaCosta said that his charge had established himself as on ... Read More

Racing notes…Racing notes…Racing notes… Racing notes…Racing notes…Racing notes…

BY OBSERVER RACING WRITER | Tuesday, March 21, 2017    

Trainer Wayne DaCosta (left) and jockey Omar Walker.

A WET RACETRACK – The racetrack was wet on Saturday which in the early part of the 11-race programme suited the front runners. In the first race,Princess Brianna (Dane Nelson) shot to the lead and won going away. Later in the day when the weather settled a bit and got drier, the run-on horses came into play. ARE THE FILLIES BETTER? – It was quite interesting to compare the times of the two feature races on Saturday, the Front Runner- sponsored Thornbird Stakes for fillies and the P ... Read More

Bruce Wayne provides Nigel Burke with first winner

BY RUDDY ALLEN Observer staff reporter | Tuesday, March 21, 2017    

Trainer Nigel Burke (left) with jockey Linton Steadman. (Observer file photo)

Nigel Burke, who began his career as a trainer last November, earned his first win on Saturday when apprentice Linton Steadman guided three-year-old Bruce Wayne to victory in the fifth race at Caymanas Park. Burke, is the grandson of the late Nigel Nunes, a former champion trainer, and nephew of top racehorse trainers Andrew (now training in Barbados) and Anthony Nunes. “Horse racing is in the family, I just can’t get rid of it, it’s in the blood. My grandfather, two uncles an ... Read More



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