Horse Racing

Change of equipment does it again

Bigbrowngreyhope (Dane Nelson) fitted with the cheek
pieces gets the job done. (PHOTO: JOSEPH WELLINGTON)

There were two instances on Saturday when changes in equipment employed by trainers worked in favour of their charges becoming winners. In the day's third race trainer Rowan Mathie took the blinkers off Bigbrowngreyhope and instead put the cheek pieces on and the result was a six length win for the ... Read More

Trainer Curtis Steadman (left) chatting with racing fans after the win on Saturday by Step It Up. Really stepping it up
WHILE it can be rightly said that it happened often in the past, nowadays it is a rarity to witness ... Read More

Elvira with Dick Cardenas Elvira leaves her hoofprints
IT is still early to make any predictions as the two-year-old season is just about getting into its ... Read More

Jockey Percy Williams on Rastaraven pushes for all he is worth to quell the challenge of Lady Belridge with Paul Francis. Rastaraven won by a short head. PHOTOS: Racing Guide
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Elvira debuts in style

BY OBSERVER RACING WRITER | Sunday, September 14, 2014    

Elvira with Dick Cardenas aboard easily winning her
first race at Caymanas Park yesterday. (PHOTO:

AS the two-year-old season continues to unfold, the Wayne DaCosta-trained Elvira dropped her name with a thud into the pool of those to watch with an eye-catching debut yesterday at Caymanas Park. Racing in the annual renewal of the Winnie Anglin Memorial Cup toting the red and white silks of the Terrible Tout and jockey Dick Cardenas, Elvira (Porto Santo - Diablo Forever) shot from the number two post position and after playing around with Playback and Kesteen, pulled away for an easy win, nin ... Read More

Piscean Rocket to fire in Overnight Allowance

BY HURBUN WILLIAMS Observer writer | Saturday, September 13, 2014    

Fierceandfabulous (# 1) benefiting from a wellexecuted
and confident ride from apprentice O’Brien
White gets up in the ‘bulb’ to catch and beat Piscean
Rocket (#4) with Border Line not far behind in third
position in the Easter Sprint Cup at Caymanas Park

THE Winnie Anglin Memorial Cup, a maiden special weight contest for native-bred two-year-old fillies, headlines the 10-race card at Caymanas Park today. However, it is the seventh race on the card, an Overnight Allowance event, that provides the day's most competitive race as it brings together an exciting field of 11 non-winners of an Overnight Allowance race going 1,100 metres. The Winnie Anglin will go the minimum trip of 1,000 metres round for a field of six runners and opens the programme ... Read More

The Complete Racing Guide - Sept 13

Saturday, September 13, 2014    

Jockey Dick Cardenas drives Lovetta Jones (#12) to victory over Dr Blair (Paul Ramsey up) going over 1,000 metres straight at Caymanas Park.

RACE 1 MAIDENSPECIALWEIGHT(2Y.OFILLIESONLY)1000METRES/5FURS.ROUND 12:20 PM FORM HORSE COMMENT ON PERFORMANCE AND FORM CHANCE *** 1 ANGEL STAR DeputyGlitters filly,has ability to imprve 71 Dclass 93% *** 2 ELVIRA PortoSanto filly,working very well,pacy 71DClass 95% 0 3 MONALISASMILE 19/1,outpcd,6lgths6thtoLittleMissEmmy 51 Eclass 25% 322 4 PLAY BACK Led early,12lgths 2nd to ChalicePipe 69 Dclass 88% 233 5 ... Read More

What they say! - Michael Grant

Friday, September 12, 2014    


When did your start your career as a jockey? My career as a jockey started in 2009 but I was involved in the sport from a young age as I was a horseback rider in Mammee Bay where I lived before I moved here in Portmore. I was then introduced to horse racing by trainer Welsh Soutar and after some regular visits to the Park, I my interest in horse racing grew. Which horse was your first winner? My first winner came aboard Dazzle Dem going over seven furlongs. I was so excited to get off the mar ... Read More

Talented Alacrann impresses on debut

Friday, September 12, 2014    

CAN IT GET ANY CLOSER? Alacrann (#6) with a very flat Shane Ellis storming through to just get the better of Dinner By Seven (Dick Cardenas) by all of a neck in
the four-furlong straight two-year-old Maiden Special Weight contest on Wednesday. Third was Smokey Topaz. (PHOTOS: JOE WELLINGTON)

THE juvenile season seems to be coming along pretty good. A number of talented horses are coming to the track and impressing first time of asking. We have already seen Turn Me Loose from the camp of Philip Feanny, Come Dance With Me trained by Dwight Chen, Chalice Pipe conditioned by champion trainer Wayne DaCosta and just a smidgen down Forest Flame who takes orders from Wayne Parchment. Wednesday's race card provided punters with the opportunity to witness another youngster with seeming abili ... Read More


Friday, September 12, 2014    

Stamp of Authority (on
the outside) with
Davidan Robinson just
able to squeeze home on
the line defeating Soon
Come with Sadiki Blake.

Stamp of Authority (on the outside) with Davidan Robinson just able to squeeze home on the line defeating Soon Come with Sadiki Blake. Veteran and well-loved trainer Stanley Findlay (left) in the Parade Ring with jockey Michael Adamson. Omar Walker jumps off Priest King after winning the seventh race on Wednesday. Crucial with Rayan Wilson in the saddle winning the Knutsford Park Cup on Wednesday. Crucial is trained by Gordon Lewis and owned by Michros. This couple is certainly enjoying them ... Read More

Orlando Foster suspended for five racedays, others fined

Friday, September 12, 2014    


The stewards of the Jamaica Racing Commission are announcing the following following disciplinary actions arising from inquiries held on Tuesday, September 9. Jockey Devon A Thomas who rode Never Give Up in the sixth race on Saturday, August 16, was fined $4,000 for allowing his mount to drift across the track in the final 300 metres. Jockey Orlando Foster who rode Miracle Recovery in the 10th race on Saturday, August 30, was suspended for a period of five racedays and fined $10,000 for causin ... Read More

Trainer Lawrence Freemantle really on the move

Friday, September 12, 2014    

Trainer Lawrence Freemantle (right) chats with double Hall of Famer Kenneth Mattis.

Quietly without much fanfare, as is his nature, trainer Lawrence Freemantle is reaping the benefits of his long years in the racing industry. Freemantle saddled his 13th winner from 106 starts on Saturday last when Military Move made an enterprising run to win the day's feature The Kenneth Mattis Trophy, an Overnight Allowance event for three-year-old and upwards venturing over 10 furlongs (2,000 metres). With veteran jockey Winston Griffiths doing duties, Military Move (Outrigger - Stone Harb ... Read More

From The Horse's Mouth - Sept 10th

Friday, September 12, 2014    

CARDENAS…has regained the lead in the jockeys’ championship

CARDENAS BACK IN FRONT The race for the jockeys' championship seems set to go down to the wire as former champion Dick 'Wildy Coyote' Cardenas reclaimed pole position after riding a dazzling three-timer on the mid-week race programme. The hat-trick of wins propelled Cardenas's tally to 72, one ahead of defending champion Dane Nelson who went winless on the nine-race card. Keep your eyes peeled for what is to come. FOUR HORSES CLAIMED Four horses were claimed on the mid-week racing programme a ... Read More


Friday, September 12, 2014    

Crucial with Rayan
Wilson in the saddle
winning the Knutsford
Park Cup on Wednesday.
Crucial is trained by
Gordon Lewis and
owned by Michros.

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 6 Above The Radar - Cant 8f Gal Last 5f 1043 Bigbrowngreyhope - Cant Out Str. Gal Last 3f 392 Blame It On Me - Cant Out Str. Gal Last 2f 250 Blue Eye Boy - Cant Out Str. *Gal Last 4f 490 Bubbling Angeline (&) - Cant 9f *Gal Last 5hf 1060 X 593 Carpe Diem - Cant 9f Strode Last 7f 1390 Change Him Name - Cant Out Str. Clearly Ours (&) - Gal 5hf 1092 X 1030 Come Dance With Me - Cant 9f Commanding Chief - Cant 9f Cosequin - Cant 9f Strode Last 6f 1233 Da Jackal ... Read More



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