Horse Racing

Appeal lodged against Derby

THIS IS HOW THEY FINISHED IN THE DERBY - First Future King, second Bigdaddykool (centre) and third Orpheus. The stewards then changed the placing to first, Orpheus, second Bigdaddykool and third Future King.

At approximately 2:45 pm yesterday the connections of Future King, first past the post in Saturday’s Jamaica Derby, lodged an appeal at the Jamaica Racing Commission (JRC) against the decision of the race day stewards to disqualify their horse. Future King was disqualified for causing intimid ... Read More

Derby disqualification appeal must be heard quickly
An appeal was lodged yesterday by the connections of Future King against the ruling of the stewards ... Read More

HAMILTON...Go and fine the jockey, suspend the jockey, do what you want, but you simple cannot disqualify for puny reasons Only a grievous, grievous sin must be committed to disqualify a Derby winner
In a candid interview following the decision of the stewards of the Jamaica Racing Commission to dis ... Read More

Trainer Anthony Nunes (left) with apprentice Linton Steadman before the start of the Derby. (Photo: Joseph Wellington) You just can’t intimidate horses at the end of a 12-furlong race – Anthony Nunes
It was a case of mixed emotions for trainer Anthony Nunes, after registering his fourth Derby succes ... Read More

Watson happy with Derby sponsorship

BY SHERDON COWAN Observer staff reporter cowans@jamaicaobserver.com | Tuesday, June 28, 2016    

Sizzla Kalonji provided after-race entertainment.

It was fun, frolic and excitement at the 96th running of the Cal’s Manufacturing Limited-sponsored Jamaica Derby at Caymanas Park last Saturday. Seasoned punters and even those who understand very little about the sport were out in their numbers just to share in the experience of one of the most prestigious race days on the racing calendar. Thrilling finish after thrilling finish, backed by off-track entertainment and giveaways from the sponsor’s vast product line and the return of ... Read More

Jack Shirley’s BGLC contract not renewed

BY OBSERVER RACING WRITER | Tuesday, June 28, 2016    

Jack Shirley

The Complete Racing Guide has been reliably informed that the contract of executive director of the state-run Betting Gaming and Lotteries Commission (BGLC), Andral ‘Jack’ Shirley, will not be renewed. A source told this newspaper that Shirley was informed by the chairman and other board members on Friday last during a regular meeting of the board that his contract which expires on June 30 will not be renewed. Shirley was appointed as executive director of the BGLC in early 2013. ... Read More

Winners’ comments…Winners’ comments…Winners’ comments

Tuesday, June 28, 2016    

Aunt Hilda winning with Renardo McNaughton

The Complete Racing Guide shares the comments of some of the winners on the 13-race Derby Day programme at Caymanas Park last Saturday. The Patrick Fong-trained Aunt Hilda, under Renardo McNaughton, won the second over 1,100 metres. McNaughton said: “It was a nice win and I am happy as it is my fourth for the season. I rode her before, so I pretty much know how she runs and even though we had to fight for the win, I was very confident coming into the race.” Reign Over All, tr ... Read More

Favourites bite the dust

Tuesday, June 28, 2016    

Blessedness claimed for $180,000Blessedness claimed for $180,000

Punters had a really tough time spotting the winners on Derby Day. Only two favourites – Lady Faye (1-5) and El Saldado (1-1) – won on the 13-race programme.  Nuclear Warning closed the programme with a fighting win at odds of 107-1, the longest odds winner on the day, paying $5,378 to win. Exclusive Charm also piled on the misery for punters, winning at odds of 53-1, while Sneak Peek was equally problematic, winning at odds of 18-1. Also contributing were Reign Over All (9 ... Read More

Orpheus gifted win after disqualifications in Cal’s Jamaica Derby

BY OBSERVER RACING WRITER | Sunday, June 26, 2016    

Derby-winning jockey (his fourth) Shane Ellis listens carefully to trainer Anthony Nunes.

For only the second time in the 96-year-old history of the Jamaica Derby, the winner of the most prestigious race on the calendar was disqualified by the officiating race day stewards of the Jamaica Racing Commission (JRC) after a lengthy inquiry and two jockeys’ objections. Future King, ridden by Robert Halledeen and trained by champion Wayne DaCosta, in a scintillating performance of sheer class and determination worthy to be crowned Derby champion, was disqualified and placed third. T ... Read More

PHOTO: Derby Finish

Sunday, June 26, 2016    

THIS IS HOW THEY FINISHED IN THE DERBY - First Future King, second Bigdaddykool (centre) and third Orpheus. The stewards then changed the placing to first, Orpheus, second Bigdaddykool and third Future King. Read More

PHOTO: Drama galore!

Sunday, June 26, 2016    

Trainer Wayne DaCosta (right) and jockey Robert Halledeen await their fate after the running of yesterday’s Jamaica Derby at Caymanas Park. At centre is Alfred Lee, part owner of Future King. (Photo: Joseph Wellington)

Trainer Wayne DaCosta (right) and jockey Robert Halledeen await their fate after the running of yesterday’s Jamaica Derby at Caymanas Park. At centre is Alfred Lee, part owner of Future King. (Joseph Wellington) Read More

96th Cal’s Jamaica Derby on today at Caymanas Park

BY HURBUN WILLIAMS Observer writer | Saturday, June 25, 2016    

Nuclear Affair, winner of the 1,000 Guineas. Joseph Wellington

Today is Jamaica Derby Day at Caymanas Park. The one-day Jamaica Derby Day Festival is one of the most enduring and exciting sporting and social events of the year that brings man and horse together for one single purpose: that of winning. On this race day of pomp and pageantry is mounted a gala occasion to highlight the magnificence of the country’s top threeyear- old thoroughbred racehorses thundering down the track for the biggest prize in Jamaican horse racing. Sponsored by Cal&rsq ... Read More

Everybody wants to win the Derby – Halledeen

BY RUDDY ALLEN Observer staff reporter | Friday, June 24, 2016    

Robert Halledeen

He has already won the 2,000 Guineas and the Jamaica Oaks this season, but come tomorrow when the call for “riders up” is made and he gets atop Future King , Robert Halledeen knows it won’t be just another day at the office. Not on this day and not for this race. This is the Cal’s Jamaica Derby, the most prestigious race in local horse racing. Halledeen fully appreciates that although this is the second time he is riding in a Derby, after finishing second on Ali Baba in ... Read More

Wide open Derby, say pundits

BY OBSERVER RACING WRITER | Friday, June 24, 2016    

Howard Hamilton

Racing aficionados weigh in on the Cal’s Jamaica Derby and the possible winner of the Blue Riband event. DR PAUL WRIGHT – Owner, breeder, rabid supporter of Tottenham Hotspurs and creator of the now seriously challenged ‘cook food special’ – My exacta for the Derby is Pinelope on top with Bigdaddykool second. And yes, I am taking a filly to win the Derby over the colts and geldings. I have been watching Pinelope in recent times on the exercise track and I have seen ... Read More



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