Horse Racing

She’s A Maneater impresses in Front Runner Sprint

She’s A Maneater, under Omar Walker, romps home by 13 1/2 lengths in the Front Runner Sprint feature at Caymanas Park yesterday. She’s A Maneater is trained by many-time champion Wayne DaCosta. (Joseph Wellington)

She’s A Maneater , under Omar Walker, made an impressive start to her career when she destroyed rivals by a resounding 13 1/2 lengths in the $1-million Front Runner Sprint feature at Caymanas Park yesterday. Bred and owned by Winston Kong and trained by many-time champion Wayne DaCosta, She ... Read More

Trainer Wayne DaCosta (right) leads his winning charge, Mr Universe in the winner’s enclosure. The rider is Jerome Innis. Mr Universe the choice in Keeling Memorial Cup
A small but promising field of six runners is set to go post in the Keeling Memorial Cup at Caymanas ... Read More

Chrisanli with Jevvanne Erwin in the saddle. Chrisanli to edge She’s A Maneater in Front Runner Dash
Chrisanli, a promising two-year-old colt with two good runs under his belt, gets a glorious opportun ... Read More

Zackontheattack (Aaron Chatrie) holding the challenge of Unbreakable (Omar Walker). Photos: Joseph Wellington The Complete Racing Guide Photos - Sept 24
Zackontheattack (Aaron Chatrie) holding the challenge of Unbreakable (Omar Walker). (Photos: Joseph ... Read More

Shane Ellis to make public apology

Friday, September 23, 2016    

Shane Ellis

Following a ruling by the stewards of the Jamaica Racing Commission (JRC), champion jockey Shane Ellis is to make a public apology in the official race book after breaching Rule 247 (xi) last Saturday during the conduct of the racing programme.The announcement from the stewards came in a release after inquiries held at their offices on Tuesday last. The release stated: Jockey Shane Ellis was charged with breaching Rule 247 (xi) on Saturday, September 17, 2016 by his actions which included admit ... Read More

Who will be the second ‘Front Runner’?

Friday, September 23, 2016    


The second and final race in the Newport Mills-sponsored Front Runner Sprint series of two-year-old races carrying a purse of $1 million takes place tomorrow over five-and-a-half furlongs (1,100 metres) at Caymanas Park. On September 3, the first Front Runner Sprint ended in bizarre circumstances as runaway leader Balazo – apparently all set to triumph – veered off course and crashed into the outside rails, thereby gifting the race to the Richard Azan-trained Awesome Sauce. Tomorr ... Read More

Trainers share their views on divestment

BY RUDDY ALLEN Observer staff writer | Friday, September 23, 2016    

A section of the Caymanas Park racing complex

With the imminent divestment of Caymanas Track Limited (CTL) – the sole promoter of local horse racing in Jamaica, racing professionals are already excited about the change, hoping that the new initiative will rejuvenate the sport. The Complete Racing Guide sought the views of some trainers on the issue of divestment and the announcement of the preferred bidder – Supreme Ventures Limited (SVL). Owner and trainer Ian Parsard says that he believes SVL is the right entity to emerge as ... Read More

WHAT THEY SAY: Michael Beecham - Racehorse trainer

Friday, September 23, 2016    

Michael Beecham
Racehorse trainer

When did you start your career as a trainer? My career as a trainer started in 1990 but I was very much involved in the sport of horse racing from a long time before. I had a friend who had a horse named Balla Gold, and later that friend also owned It’s A Rebel, so I was pretty much into the game long before becoming a trainer. After a while of being around horses and with regular visits to the racetrack, I developed a special liking for horses. I got attached to them and the sport on the ... Read More

Jemar Jackson, Odeen Edwards, Phillip Parchment fined, others cautioned

Friday, September 23, 2016    

Jemar Jackson

The stewards of the Jamaica Racing Commission (JRC) have announced the following disciplinary actions arising from inquiries held at the offices of the JRC on Tuesday, September 13, 2016. Jockey Renardo McNaughton who rode Smokin Special in the first race on Saturday, May 21, was fined $4,000 for intimidation and interference caused to Zugulu in the vicinity of the 800-metre point. Jockey Phillip Parchment who rode Border Line in the fourth race on Wednesday, May 11, was fined $8,000 for inter ... Read More

Steven Todd having his best season yet

Friday, September 23, 2016    

Trainer Steven Todd on the track celebrating one of his winners.

Steven Todd is enjoying his best season in the five years he has been officially training horses at Caymanas Park. Victory for Dinner By Seven last Saturday in the opening event over 1,100 metres saw Todd taking his tally for the season to 19 winners. “It was a good performance by Dinner By Seven. She ran really well to win, and to finish in 1:06.3 minutes is also wonderful. “Dinner By Seven is a horse that has been troubled with some problems and so it was a matter of when she w ... Read More

There were no explosions, just pure ‘Brawn’

BY RUDDY ALLEN Observer staff reporter | Tuesday, September 20, 2016    

Brawn winning the
St Cecelia Cup in style.
The jockey is Aaron Chatrie (Photo: Joseph Wellington)

EXPLOSIONS were expected in the St Cecelia Cup on Saturday, especially from the camp of trainer Gary Subratie after his talented three-year-old filly, Nuclear Affair, produced a dominant performance on August 20 when capturing the six-and-a-half-furlong (1,300 metres) Seek Exercise Book Trophy in a time of 1:18.1 minutes. Apart from Nuclear Affair in the St Cecelia, the cast included the likes of the hard-knocking Campesino; last year’s Invitational Mile winner Phineas; the ever persiste ... Read More

Superluminal growing his stocks

BY RUDDY ALLEN Observer staff reporter | Tuesday, September 20, 2016    

Superluminal coming out an easy winner at the Overnight Allowance level. (Photos: Joseph Wellington)

After Superluminal won the 2015 Jamaica St Leger over 2,000 metres, beating current Horse of the Year Seeking My Dream by a length, he did not progress as expected. Now Superluminal has signalled that those days are behind him, with a compelling victory in the Kenneth Mattis Memorial Trophy last Saturday. Returning to competitive racing earlier this year from a nine-month break, Superluminal suffered two defeats, finishing second by three-quarters of a length to Italiano over 1,500 metres in ... Read More

Pete’swildone retired, Uppa Tune continues

BY OBSERVER RACING WRITER | Tuesday, September 20, 2016    


Trainer Ian Parsard is confirming that Pete’swildone, his long-standing top-class campaigner for many years, is now retired from competitive racing at Caymanas Park. “A decision was taken by the owners of Pete’swildone to end his racing career after approximately four years of competitive performances in the top flight . “Pete’swildone had difficulties from early in his career, but he was a very tough horse who was able to perform well during his time at the trac ... Read More

Which ‘Governor’ will rule?

BY OBSERVER RACING WRITER | Tuesday, September 20, 2016    


The prestigious Governor General’s Stakes over 10 furlongs (2,000 metres) is down for competition on Saturday September 24, 2016. A number of top-flight contenders have been provisionally entered in their attempts to earn the major slice of the $1,200,000 purse. Topping the list of the eight provisional entries is reigning horse of the year, Seeking My Dream. The Wayne DaCosta-trained four-year-old carries top weight of 57.0 kilogrammes and allows four kilogrammes to last year’ ... Read More



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