Horse Racing

From Caymanas Estates to Caymanas Park

Steadman aboard Bigdaddykool after winning the Lotto Classic.

“Riding a horse is second nature to me”, leading apprentice Linton Steadman said emphatically. The man who started his official career as a jockey at Caymanas Park in September 2015, just under a year ago, strongly believes that it was only natural for him to seek a profession in the ... Read More

Gary Glitter being led in by his trainer, Dalton Sirjue. The rider is Ameth Robles. (Photo: Bryan Cummings) Gary Glitter going from strength to strength
The Dalton Sirjue-conditioned Gary Glitter continued to show noticeable improvement when he won the ... Read More

Wonder Girl (Dane Dawkins) on the outside outstripping Megatron (Shane Ellis). Winners’ comments…Winners’ comments…Winners’ comments
The Complete Racing Guide shares the comments of some of the winners on the nine-race programme at C ... Read More

SAUNDERS... my riding skills have improved as I am riding against some good international jockeys and I am learning a lot from them Clocking in the hours, gaining experience
Romario Saunders, one of many Jamaican jockeys currently riding in Canada, is clocking in the hours, ... Read More

Unbreakable wins Oswald ‘Ossie’ Steele Memorial Cup

Tuesday, July 26, 2016    

Unbreakable with jockey Aaron Chatrie.

Unbreakable completed his second consecutive victory in 14 days when he won the Oswald ‘Ossie’ Steele Memorial Cup feature at Caymanas Park last Saturday. Trained by Gresford Smith and ridden by Aaron Chatrie for owner O’Shaun Connection, Unbreakable was the last to leave the gates but came with a strong run on the inside rails in deep stretch to win by over four lengths in the claiming ($450,000-$400,000) event over 1,200 metres. The winning time was 1:14:2 minutes. &ldquo ... Read More

Favourite Highland Reel wins King George Stakes

Tuesday, July 26, 2016    

Highland Reel (Ryan Moore in purple silks), winning the King George at the Ascot racecourse in England on Saturday last.

ASCOT, United Kingdom (AFP) — Ryan Moore rode favourite Highland Reel to a narrow victory in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot on Saturday last, beating Queen Elizabeth II’s Dartmouth into third. Highland Reel, who was second to Dartmouth in the Hardwicke Stakes last month, started at 13/8 and led from the front before holding on to win a first King George by just over a length from Wings of Desire (4/1). With no obvious pace-setter, three-time champion jockey ... Read More

Unbreakable wins Oswald ‘Ossie’ Steele Memorial Cup feature

Sunday, July 24, 2016    

Unbreakable, under Aaron Chatrie, wins the Oswald ‘Ossie’ Steele Memorial Cup feature at Caymanas Park yesterday. (Photo: Bryan Cummings)

Unbreakable, under a patient ride, the in-form Aaron Chatrie, stormed home to win the Oswald ‘Ossie’ Steele Memorial Cup feature at Caymanas Park yesterday. The five-year-old chestnut gelding, who was the last to leave the starting gates in the 1,200-metre event, recovered well and began to round horses approaching the final bend. Turning for home on the inside rails with some five lengths behind the leaders Aunt Hilda (Sadiki Blake) and Diferentgeneration (Andre Powell), Unbreakab ... Read More

Bigbrowngreyhope holds the cards in Ossie Steele Cup

BY HURBUN WILLIAMS Observer writer | Saturday, July 23, 2016    

Bigbrowngreyhope (Observer File Photo)

The longstanding Oswald “Ossie” Steele Memorial Cup highlights a low-keyed weekend race card at Caymanas Park today. Though the “Ossie” Steele is the designated feature race on the card, a cheapish Overnight Allowance call going 1,000 metres straight for a purse of $780,000 is the top race on the nine-race canter that has attracted a fair field of seven runners. This does not suggest, by any stretch of the imagination, that the card is not competitive. Each race is imb ... Read More

Hot Spur, Kool Kat win Capital/Observer Tipsters’ second quarter

Saturday, July 23, 2016    

Managing director of Capital Betting and Wagering Limited, Edgerton Chang
(centre), poses with (from left) Wayne McCulloch (Slip Saddle), winner of the
most wins category and Leslie McLean (Hot Spur), winner of the monetary
category for the first two quarters of the Capital Betting and Wagering/Jamaica
Observer tipsters’ competition at the offices of Capital Betting and Wagering
Limited in 2012. (File Photo: Lionel Rookwood)

Leslie McLean (Hot Spur) and Ruddy Allen (Kool Kat) emerged the second-quarter winners in the 2016 Capital Betting and Wagering Limited/Jamaica Observer Tipsters’ Competition. McLean took home the ‘Most Wins’ category for the second consecutive quarter, while newcomer Allen finally showed some ability by coming out on top in the ‘Monetary’ category. Both tipsters received $10,000 for their efforts. McLean won the second quarter with 148 winners, to take the incent ... Read More

BG&LC renew race day sponsorship

BY RUDDY ALLEN Observer staff reporter | Friday, July 22, 2016    

BG&LC deputy chairman, Anthony Shoucair.

The regulatory agency for betting in Jamaica, the Betting Gaming and Lotteries Commission (BG&LC), has renewed its partnership with Caymanas Track Limited (CTL) with a sponsorship valued at $2 million to host the 12th BG&LC Emancipation Race Day meeting, it was announced at a press conference held at Caymanas Park on Tuesday. The August 1 race day features seven trophy races with the feature event being the 12th running of the BG&LC Trophy (GR11), an Open Allowance event for three-y ... Read More

Long Running Train wins duel with Brawn

BY RUDDY ALLEN Observer staff reporter | Friday, July 22, 2016    

Long Running Train
(on the inside) just holding on from Brawn. (Photo: Joseph Wellington)

American-bred filly Long Running Train scored a dogged win in the top-rated Open Allowance event at Caymanas Park on Wednesday. After a two-length defeat on last by Houdini’s Magic at this level over a mile, the Harry Parsard-owned and trained Long Running Train had to fight off the sustained challenge of Brawn to score by a short head in the 1,500-metre event (seven and a half furlongs). The final time was 1:29:2 minutes. Long Running Train, ridden by Robert Halledeen, sat in second pl ... Read More


Friday, July 22, 2016    

Stormonthesea claimed for $180,000 (Photo: Joseph Wellington)

NINE HORSES CLAIMED Nine horses were claimed on the nine-race programme at Caymanas Park on Wednesday. Stormonthesea, who won the second race, was claimed from Rudolph Hardial by Ray Phillips for Rymatt for $180,000. In the fourth race, Cheers was taken from Errol Waugh by Paul Hylton for The Seeker for $250,000. In the fifth race on a $180,000 claiming tag, Anthony Nunes claimed Eternal Joy for Stephan Narinesingh from Paul Hylton; Tyrone Prince took Eusebia from Denrick Chambers for Sylv ... Read More

Long Running Train hangs on from Brawn

Thursday, July 21, 2016    

Long Running Train (right), under Robert Halledeen, gets the better of Brawn (Aaron Chatrie) in a driving finish in the top-rated Open Allowance event at Caymanas Park yesterday. (Photo: Joseph Wellington)

In-form jockey Robert Halledeen continued to show progress in the saddle when he rode a truly magnificent race aboard Long Running Train to win the top-rated Open Allowance event at Caymanas Park yesterday. Long Running Train broke well, but Halledeen held the American-bred bay filly into second position behind Miracle Star (Jerome Innis up), with Brawn, under Aaron Cahtrie, and Houdini’s Magic, the mount of Shane Ellis, in close touch behind. When the pace increased approaching the half ... Read More

Mr Ambassador to make call in Master Blaster Trophy

BY HURBUN WILLIAMS BY Observer writer | Wednesday, July 20, 2016    

Mr Ambassador is expected to justify his favouritism and go home with the lion’s share of the $560,000

It is a day of speed at Caymanas Park today with the Master Blaster Trophy going 1,000 metres straight taking centre stage. Yet it will be the penultimate call where Brawn will run 1,500 metres in Open Allowance company which will provoke much discussion while addressing his versatility. Not the most auspicious crop of native-bred four-year-olds and upward (NW3) lifetime will go postward in the Master Blaster Trophy highlighter, but they all look quite suitable and up to the task at hand. Pro ... Read More



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