Horse Racing

Steaming Callaloo boots home three-timer

Chace The Great, under Wesley Henry, on his way to equalling the stakes record in the O&S Tack Room Trophy feature over 1,300 metres at Caymanas Park yesterday. (Naphtali Junior)

Former champion jockey Wesley ‘Callaloo’ Henry booted home three winners to highlight the 11-race O&S Tack Room Supplies Race Day programme at Caymanas Park yesterday. Henry’s winners included the Dwight Chen-conditioned Chace The Great, who equalled the stakes record of 1:18. ... Read More

Chase The Great is favoured to win the fourth running of the O&S Tack Room Trophy feature at Caymanas Park today. Other runners should Chase the Great all the way
Going 1,300 metres for purse money of $868,000, the O&S Tack Room Trophy call has attracted a bl ... Read More

WALKER... One has to watch what they eat. Coming up to a race day, one has to eat light Keeping the right weight
In an industry where just a few extra pounds can rule you out of a multi-million-dollar race, jockey ... Read More

STEADMAN... I don’t know why but sometimes [lack of] discipline is my downfall. Sometimes I have problems controlling my weight — Steadman
Leading apprentice rider Linton Steadman accepts that he is having a problem maintaining a riding bo ... Read More

What They Say: Patrick Fong - Racehorse Trainer

Friday, August 26, 2016    

Patrick Fong

When did you start your career as a trainer? have been in racing for a very, very long time. I ran away from home around 1972 and came straight into the racing industry. In racing, my first desire was to become a jockey, but that dream was shattered. I was set to ride as an apprentice on a particular Wednesday, but I got involved in a motor vehicle accident. I eventually went away and when I made my return to the racetrack, I was too big (overweight) to ride, so I ended up grooming racehorses. ... Read More

All is well - Jockey Shane Ellis is still around

BY RUDDY ALLEN Observer staff reporter | Friday, August 26, 2016    

ELLIS... Yeah, I have to admit it, I am not in saddle as often as is usual, but there is no problem or anything like that

Punters have been noticing and are commenting on the recent lack of race-day saddle time by champion jockey, Shane Ellis. The champion is rarely seen in the saddle these days, but the man from Purple Island in Westmoreland says he is still around putting in the hard work. “Yeah, I have to admit it, I am not in the saddle as often as is usual, but there is no problem or anything like that. Nothing is really going on with me of late but everything is alright. “I am not as light as ... Read More

SELECTED GALLOPS

Friday, August 26, 2016    

Poker Star... Cant 9f *Gal last 5f in 0:59.3 seconds last Saturday.

SATURDAY AUGUST 20 Abogado – Gate 5 Str Gal 1st 4f 494 X 1051 Action Cruise – Cant 8f Gal Last 2f 252 Adios Amigos – Cant 9f Gal Last 4f 502 Another Bullet – Cant 9f Paced Last 6f 1271 Awesome Destiny – Cant 9f Berranca – Cant Out Str Big Black Nation – Cant 9f Gal Last 6f 1180 Big Machine Links – Cant 9f Gal Last 4f 493 with Red Parrot Bimini – Cant Out Chute *Gal Last 7f 1344 Blue Dixie – Cant 9f *Gal Last 3f 360 Buzz Ni ... Read More

STATS

Friday, August 26, 2016    

Steven Todd occupies seventh position in the trainers standing.

47 Racedays - 486 Races Up to 20/08/2016 inclusive AGE 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Unpl Starts Stakes($) 1. ORPHEUS -c 3 4 3 1 0 1 9 $6,479,100 2. BIGDADDYKOOL -c 3 3 1 2 1 0 7 $5,549,350 3. NUCLEAR AFFAIR -f 3 4 1 1 0 1 7 $4,365,950 4. A THOUSAND STARS -f 3 2 2 0 1 3 8 $3,140,350 5. SEEKING MY DREAM -c 4 4 1 0 0 0 5 $2,682,350 6. FUTURE KING -c 3 1 1 2 0 1 5 $2,628,850 7. DREAMCOMETRUE -f 4 4 3 3 2 2 14 $2,258,450 8. POKER STAR -c 4 3 1 0 0 1 5 $2,187,950 9. *FORCE DE JOUR -c 5 4 1 ... Read More

In tribute to Harry Parsard

Tuesday, August 23, 2016    

A JOYOUS DAY FOR HARRY: Harry Parsard (left) in the winner’s enclosure on June 11, 2015 after his horses, Uppa Tune (left) and Pete’swildone finished first and second in the Reggae trophy. (Photo: Joseph Wellington)

Trainer Harry Parsard first came into horse racing as an owner. Before long, he discovered to his astonishment that to remain solvent and to be satisfied with this new venture he had to diversify. So he diversified, and after becoming an owner at Caymanas Park in 1969 turned his attention to training horses. He then became an assistant trainer with Derby-winning trainer Nigel Nunes in 1972. Parsard then passed out successfully as a certified trainer two years later. Today, through toil and by ... Read More

1,000 Guineas winner Nuclear Affair produces another compelling run

BY RUDDY ALLEN Observer staff reporter | Tuesday, August 23, 2016    

Michael Bernard (red shirt) receives the Seek Exercise Book trophy from Bruce Baylis, chairman of Seek Book Empire. To Bernard’s left is trainer Gary Subratie. Jockey Robert Halledeen is at right. (Photos: Joseph Wellington)

Nuclear Affair once again asserted her brilliance when capturing the ninth running of the $1 million Seek Exercise Book Trophy feature last Saturday. It was a performance that demonstrated the components of class and talent as Nuclear Affair, owned by Michros, trained by Gary Subratie and ridden by Robert Halledeen, outpaced her rivals in deep stretch to win the Open Allowance event by just under three lengths easing down. In doing so, Nuclear Affair became the first of this year’s thr ... Read More

Very rewarding

BY HURBUN WILLIAMS Observer writer | Tuesday, August 23, 2016    

These children going through their Seek exercise books.

Bruce Baylis, chairman of Seek Book Empire – manufacturers of Seek exercise books, continues to be impressed by the positive response of patrons attending the Seek Exercise Book race day. Following the facile victory by 11-1 shot Nuclear Affair in the Seek Exercise Book Trophy feature race at Caymanas Park on Saturday, Baylis described the sponsorship of the annual Seek Exercise Book race day as “very rewarding. In its short history it is the fire that has lit the nation’s pa ... Read More

A tribute to Harry

Tuesday, August 23, 2016    

Three generations of Parsards: Harry (centre) with his son Ian (left) and his grandson Peter John

Trainer Harry Parsard died last week at age 79. Parsard will always be remembered as the trainer who gave the ‘train’ name to nearly all his horses. The Complete Racing Guide pays tribute to Parsard in pictures. Rest well, ‘Byah’. Read More

Winners’ comments…Winners’ comments…Winners’ comments…Winners’ comments…

Tuesday, August 23, 2016    

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The Complete Racing Guide shares the comments of some of the winners on the 11-race Seek Exercise Back-to-School Race Day programme at Caymanas Park last Saturday. Trained by Michael McIntosh and ridden by Aaron Chatrie, Commanding Aviator won the second race over 1,500 metres. Chatrie said: “I know this horse very well as I have ridden her on numerous occasions. The longer the race, the easier it is for her, so going 1,500 metres I knew she was going to be hard to beat.” Cruising ... Read More

Five horses claimed on Saturday

Tuesday, August 23, 2016    

Holiday Weekend claimed for $250,000 (Joseph Wellington)

Five horses were claimed on the 11-race programme at Caymanas Park on Saturday. Holiday Weekend was claimed from Gary Subratie by Kevin Brivette for Gary Ainsworth for $250,000; Legendary Pleasure was claimed from Norman Smith by Patrick Fong for New Blue Limited for $250,000; Warrior Princess was claimed from Clifford Atkinson Jr by Errol Pottinger for Ramos for $250,000, and Play Station was taken from Marlon Anderson by Steadman Curtis, acting as both trainer and owner, also for $250,000 fro ... Read More



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