Horse Racing

Steadman breaks losing drought

Apprentice Linton Steadman on Legendary Pleasure. (Photos: Naphtali Junior)

Apprentice Linton Steadman ended a frustrating losing drought at Caymanas Park last Saturday by landing a timely double on the 10-race card to send a clear message that he should not be written off. Combining with owner New Blue Limited and veteran trainer Patrick Fong, the champion apprentice won ... Read More

Jamai Raja with apprentice Bebeto Harvey (Photo: Naphtali Junior) A late bloomer
Before the start of the three-year-old Classic season, a lot was expected of Jamai Raja by his conne ... Read More

Superbolt with apprentice Bebeto Harvey after his maiden win. (Photo Naphtali Junior) Superbolt no longer bored
After Superbolt’s victory in a twoyear- old maiden race on Saturday, trainer Richard Azan reve ... Read More

Racing photos - Oct 25 (page 1)
Trainer Delroy Wisdom makes his way to the Parade Ring after saddling. Behind Wisdom are jockeys Jer ... Read More

Racing photos - Oct 25 (page 2)

Tuesday, October 25, 2016    

Jockey Jerome Innis trying to unsaddle Richie’s Pix.

Jockey Jerome Innis trying to unsaddle Richie’s Pix. Assistant trainer Kibbeisha Little is well guarded and protected. (Photos: Naphtali Junior) Looking good in colourful shorts. Trainer Stephen Todd (in glasses) chats with jockey Aaron Chatrie before the start of a race. Taking a snooze in between races. Read More

Portmore add to Harbour View’s miserable season

Tuesday, October 25, 2016    

Portmore United goal-scorer Mark Alves (foreground) is challenged on his way to goal by Harbour View defender Mark Miller during their RSPL match at Compound on Sunday. Portmore United won 2-1. (Photo: Hurbun Williams)

Five-time Red Stripe Premier League champions Portmore United FC edged four-time champions Harbour View FC 2-1 in an RSPL game at the Compound on Sunday to move one place up the standings to fifth place on 11 points, while the defeat left Harbour View rooted at the bottom of the 12-team standings on four points. Portmore, who displayed marked improvement in their earlier approach in matches, shocked the small gathering at the Harbour View Mini-stadium by taking the lead in the first six minutes ... Read More

Burger King Super Day Sprint is the target

BY RUDDY ALLEN Observer staff reporter | Tuesday, October 25, 2016    

CHEN...let us see what happens now as our aim is the Caribbean Sprint Championship.

He did not race for nearly a year, and when he made his comeback in May of this season at age six, Crucial Appeal (Crucial Trial – Late Appeal) did nothing to appeal to the interest of punters. There were some second positions, but it seemed that the chestnut gelding had not overcome his problems nor had the change of handlers from Patrick Lynch to Dwight Chen made any difference. Then came October 8 and a five-and-a-half-furlong event at the Overnight Allowance level, and punters again ... Read More

Crucial Appeal stakes claim for Caribbean Sprint Championship

Sunday, October 23, 2016    

Crucial Appeal under Shane Ellis romping home to victory in the Open Allowance event over 1,100 metres at Caymanas Park yesterday. (Naphtali Junior)

Crucial Appeal staked his credentials for next month’s Caribbean Sprint Championship after an impressive run to win the top-rated Open Allowance event on the 10-race programme at Caymanas Park yesterday. The six-year-old chestnut gelding was hustled up by champion jockey Shane Ellis to take the lead over Polly B, Chace The Great and Campesino in the eight-horse field going around the half-mile turn. When Ellis uged his mount entering the straight, Crucial Appeal did what he knows best ... Read More

Campesino to return to winning ways

BY HURBUN WILLIAMS Observer writer | Saturday, October 22, 2016    

Campesino is tipped to win the top-rated Open Allowance event today at Caymanas Park.

The Royal Dad is the only trophy race on the 10-race card at Caymanas Park today. However, where most attention is expected to focus is on the second to last race on the card where the three-year-old chestnut gelding Chace The Great will put his three-race undefeated run on the line against a tough-looking field of quality sprinters. The three-year-olds and upward, Open Allowance call going 1,100 metres for a purse of $845,000 has attracted nine runners including seasoned campaigners Ca ... Read More

Mameta provides Shane Ellis with birthday gift

Saturday, October 22, 2016    

Birthday boy Shane Ellis atop Mameta. (Photo: Naphtali Junior)

Champion jockey Shane Ellis got his 43rd birthday spirit going when he guided Mameta to a comfortable victory in the Alex’s Import Body Parts Department Plaque at Caymanas Park on Monday, Heroes Day. The Anthony Nunes-trained four-year-old Mameta won by 12 ½ lengths over Rising Power (Anthony Thomas) and Cheximakit (Bebeto Harvey) in the Restricted Allowance event over 1,100 metres for native-bred four-year-old and upwards, non-winners of two fillies and mares. The winning t ... Read More

Trainer Patrick Fong finds his place in racing

BY HURBUN WILLIAMS Observer racing writer | Saturday, October 22, 2016    

Trainer Patrick Fong (left in black hat) saddling Pinelope for her run in the Derby. (Photos: Joseph Wellington)

There are many interesting and unique stories involving people in the sport of horse racing. These stories usually involve jockeys, owners, grooms, stablehands and how they came into the game and became hooked forever. One such story involves trainer Patrick Fong, who tells of his exciting and unusual introduction to the established sport of kings. “Well, in the country I used to hear about racing and wanted to be a jockey, and so I would ride donkeys and mules in my early teens. &ldquo ... Read More

On to Burger King Super Day

BY OBSERVER RACING WRITER | Friday, October 21, 2016    

Richard Lake of Restaurant Associates Limited

The Alex’s Import Limited Gold Cup is done and dusted, the Governor General Stakes has been decided, and its now on to one of racing’s magical days, the Burger King-sponsored Super Day on November 12. It is on this day that the Superstakes (10-furlongs), the Caribbean Sprint Championships (six furlongs), and the increasingly popular Invitational Mile are decided. This year ‘the burger races’ are laden with their usual sumptuous offerings as the best horses in the land m ... Read More

Buzz Nightmare charts the course to Burger King Super Day

BY OBSERVER RACING WRITER | Friday, October 21, 2016    

Buzz Nightmare (Photo: Naphtali Junior)

FIRST – Buzz Nightmare: Has really found his tune after having to deal with setbacks in the past. Buzz Nightmare demonstrated that he can wait off the pace and strike when he needs to and still have enough to last in the stretch over seven furlongs (1,400m). He should be the odds on favourite for the Caribbean Sprint Championship (six furlongs – 1,200m) in early November, with the Diamond Mile looming on the horizon thereafter. In the Diamond Mile, he will have to again face Seeking ... Read More

Equipment did the trick for Fearless Samurai

Friday, October 21, 2016    

Trainer of Fearless Samurai, Wayne DaCosta, strongly believes that putting the blinkers and tongue tie on his charge made all the difference and led to a winning effort in his second outing on Monday last. All the rage as the 1-9 howling favourite on debut (October 6), Fearless Samurai did not deliver as exercise reports had suggested. Fearless Samurai was beaten into third place by stable companion True Whisper and Flowers Thirty over six furlongs (1,200m) on a muddy racing surface, leading m ... Read More



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