Horse Racing

Bigbrowngreyhope fancied for Royal Dad Trophy

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

Morning line favourite Bigbrowngreyhope on target for win number two, faces seven rivals in the Royal Dad Trophy highlighter at Caymanas Park today. The Royal Dad highlight event of the day's 10-race card, a Restricted Stakes call for imported three-year-olds and upward (NW3) and native-bred three- ... Read More

Lashing Force (PHOTO: GARFIELD ROBINSON) From the horse's mouth - Oct 24
Change of equipment makes the difference There were two instances on Monday's 10-race Heroes Day pr ... Read More

Barry Dawes, Bernard Vincent and Paul Francis Tributes continue to flow for Kenneth Mattis
THE tributes for Kenneth Mattis who died on Saturday continue flow in as the Hall of Fame jockey and ... Read More

HARRY JAGHAI
Racehorse Trainer WHAT THEY SAY! - Harry Jaghai
When did your start your career as a trainer? My career as a trainer started in 1972 but I was invo ... Read More

No to proposed increase

BY RUDDY ALLEN OBSERVER RACING WRITER | Friday, October 24, 2014    

WHITE… I know that the economy is slow right now but this increase is more than reasonable.

Fabian White, president of the Grooms' Association of Jamaica, is reporting that his association will not accept the offer being made by the United Racehorse Trainers' Association (URTA) of Jamaica for the increase of grooms' wages. "The UTRA called an emergency meeting last week which was chaired by Patrick Smellie, and he said that they are offering us 12 per cent increase in the first year and then eight per cent in year two. That is unacceptable by us grooms as we have worked too hard for l ... Read More

Now there is no doubt, Come Dance With Me the best thus far

BY OBSERVER RACING WRITER | Friday, October 24, 2014    

Come Dance With Me winning with Percy Williams. (PHOTO: GARFIELD ROBINSON)

BEFORE the running of the big two-year-old race on Monday there was talk about the credentials of the main competitors, Come Dance With Me, Forest Flame, Alacrann, Chalice Pipe, Ali Baba and Dinner By Seven. Well, that speculation are over and done with at this point in time. Come Dance With Me is a special horse. At no time was the chestnut filly by Blue Pepsi Lodge - Soca Dancer (Percy Williams) challenged, and although Alacrann made some progress in the final furlong of the six furlongs of t ... Read More

SELECTED GALLOPS

Friday, October 24, 2014    

(L-R) Mrs Dane Nelson was the pick
of the lot at Caymanas Park on
Heroes’ Day. Dressed in purple and white, while
this young lady certainly lit up the
winners’ enclosure. At right: The beautiful young
ladies certainly came
out to the Park on
Heroes’ Day. (PHOTOS:
GARFIELD ROBINSON)

SATURDAY OCTOBER 18 Alexander - Cant 8f Gal Last 3f 373 Alphaletta - Cant 9f Gal Last 2f 242 Awesome Code - Cant Out Str Gal Last 3f 370 Bad Boy Justin - Cant Out Str Beckham - Trotted Bigbrowngreyhope - Cant 8f Blame It On Me - Trotted Blessings N' Glory - Gate, Paced 5 Str 1120 Commanding Chief - Cant 9f Da Jackal - Cant 9f Strode Last 3f 402 Dayton Affair (B) - Cant 9f Gal Last 4f 542 Deo Volente - Cant 8f Strode Last 5f 1050 Edison - Cant 9f *Gal Last 2f 233 Epic Zar - Cant 8f ... Read More

Complete racing guide photos

Friday, October 24, 2014    

(L-R) Mrs Dane Nelson was the pick
of the lot at Caymanas Park on
Heroes’ Day. Dressed in purple and white, while
this young lady certainly lit up the
winners’ enclosure. At right: The beautiful young
ladies certainly came
out to the Park on
Heroes’ Day. (PHOTOS:
GARFIELD ROBINSON)

(PHOTOS: GARFIELD ROBINSON) Read More

2014 LEADING HORSES - STAKES

Friday, October 24, 2014    

MY OH MY! This will go a long way in improving
Jamaica’s food security.

65 Racedays - 636 Races Up to 20/10/2014 inclusive AGE 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Unpl Starts Stakes($) 1. RELAMPAGO -c 3 3 5 1 0 2 11 $7,838,550 2. TALENTED TONY K -c 3 3 1 0 1 2 7 $5,345,750 3. BUBBLING ANGELINE -f 3 6 1 1 1 0 9 $3,722,700 4. RAEVEN RENAE -f 3 2 2 1 0 2 7 $3,523,000 5. *PETE'SWILDONE -c 4 4 2 3 1 3 13 $2,818,150 6. QUEEN PAULA -f 3 2 1 0 0 2 5 $2,541,600 7. PERFECT NEIGHBOUR -c 4 4 1 0 1 0 6 $2,496,000 8. POTCHEEN -h 5 3 4 2 0 1 10 $2,484,600 9. STEP IT UP -h 5 7 3 ... Read More

Come Dance With Me waltzes away with Cash Pot Trophy

BY RUDDY ALLEN Observer Racing writer | Tuesday, October 21, 2014    

Come Dance With Me, with jockey is
Percy Williams, glides home to easily
win the Cash Pot ‘Only One For Me’
Trophy at Caymanas Park yesterday.
(PHOTO: GARFIELD ROBINSON)

THE speedy Come Dance With Me produced another impressive performance as she used her relentless pace to destroy her seven rivals in the 10th running of the $2.95-million Cash Pot 'Only One For Me' Trophy at Caymanas Park yesterday. The graded stakes race for native-bred two-year-olds going over 1,200 metres was the first-leg of the rich and prestigious Supreme Ventures Limited (SVL) Two-Year-Old 'Triple Crown' Series which is worth $11.8 million (inclusive of $1-m bonus). The second-leg is sc ... Read More

Top racing personalities pay tribute to Kenneth Mattis

BY OBSERVER RACING WRITER | Tuesday, October 21, 2014    

FEANNY… All of his horses ran
purely on merit, they would always
be giving of their best, always 100
per cent while in his care.

The tributes are pouring in for Kenneth Mattis, who passed away on Saturday last. When the news of his death began to circulate at the racetrack, there was a pall of gloom. Individuals immediately started to remember his career. Some recalled their personal memories with the "Great One" from his days at Knutsford Park, his times as a jockey and trainer. The names of None Such, Legal Light and Royal Dad began to again reverberate around Caymanas Park as it was only yesterday these champion thor ... Read More

Ready to run!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014    

READY TO RUN!
These horses stand in the starting
gates just before the start of a race

Red hot jockey Robert Halledeen brought Tokico with a blistering run on the inside rails to deny victory for Dane Nelson and Princess Shemika (NUMBER 5) by a head. (PHOTOS: BRYAN CUMMINGS) Elizabeth DaCosta owner of Silver Cloud enters the winners' enclosure with her husband and champion trainer Wayne DaCosta after the win by the two-year-old grey colt on Saturday. These horses stand in the starting gates just before the start of a race. OH WHAT JOY! Jockey Jevvanne Erwin stands tall in the s ... Read More

The racing legend

BY KARL ANGELL Executive Editor - Operations | Tuesday, October 21, 2014    

Kenneth Mattis atop None Such with Allan “Billy” Williams

Mention the name Kenneth Mattis and most, even those who have no connection with the sport of horse racing, will automatically remember None Such, Royal Dad, Legal Light and Winston Griffiths. Mattis, who died on Saturday, has left racing and Jamaica with a memorable trail of achievements as both trainer and jockey which will be difficult to surpass in our lifetime. He was the proverbial man for all seasons, and his record of being the only person to be inducted in the hallowed Hall of Racing F ... Read More

Double for Erwin and Hardial

Tuesday, October 21, 2014    

SILVER CLOUD
MAKES
WINNING
START

DOUBLE FOR ERWIN AND HARDIAL The combination of jockey Jevvanne Erwin and trainer Rudolph Hardial posted a fine double on last Saturday's 10-race programme at Caymanas Park. The duo's winners were Above The Radar, who came running on in the last two furlongs to beat All That Matters (Ameth Robles) by four lengths in 2:01:4 minutes for 1,820 metres in a $250,000 claiming race and the dark brown gelding Phineas, who was a fighting winner among Overnight Allowance company over 1,300 metres. Phinea ... Read More



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