Horse Racing

Historic dead heat

WHAT A DUEL: Vision of Gold (Omar Walker — on the outside) locked in battle with Counter Attack (Linton Steadman). The result was a dead heat. (Photos: Garfield Robinson)

The 10th race at Caymanas Park on Saturday provided a grand finale to the day’s racing offerings. Not only did the race end in a rare dead heat for first position – involving Vision of Gold with Omar Walker and Counter Attack with apprentice Linton Steadman – it also provided train ... Read More

Trainer Wayne DaCosta (left) receiving the Chairman’s Award from chairman of the RJR Sports Foundation, Gary Allen on Friday night. Two thousand and still counting
Less than 24 hours after receiving the Chairman’s Trophy award at the 2016 RJR National Sports ... Read More

El Gato (Andree Powell - on the rails) just nipping Armageddon (Omar Walker). (Photos: Garfield Robinson) The ‘Cat’ – El Gato purrs to victory
The Dennis Lee-trained El Gato (Western Classic – Trail Rider) created a huge upset by beating ... Read More

Wong Don with the cheek pieces on. Cheek pieces, Lasix made the difference for Wong Don – Patrick Fong
Trainer Patrick Fong is crediting the win by his charge Wong Don to a change of equipment, namely th ... Read More

Glittering in the sprints

BY RUDDY ALLEN Observer staff reporter | Tuesday, January 17, 2017    

Gary Glitter an easy winner with Rayan Wilson. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)

The Dalton Sirjue-conditioned Gary Glitter continued to show steady improvement and his liking for the shorter distances with an emphatic victory in the top-rated Overnight Allowance event over 1,000 metres round at Caymanas Park last Saturday. The four-year-old bay gelding by Deputy Glitters out of the Dixie Union mare True Virtue, who failed by a nose in a titanic tussle to the wire with Choo Choo Blue over 1,200 metres in 1:12.1 seconds last month, made no mistake this time and powered hom ... Read More

Racing photos - Jan 17 2017

Tuesday, January 17, 2017    

These two are enjoying their day at the track.

Stepping softly with the cooling effect of Pepsi in hand. Owner Ian Lodge (left) proudly leads in his winner Ian Links on Saturday. The jockey is Omar Walker. A welcome addition to the shutterbug crew at the Park. Jockey Paul Francis goes through his stretching routine before the start of a race. (Photos: Garfield Robinson) These two are enjoying their day at the track. ALL HAIL! Winning is always so sweet. Read More

Winners’ comments…winners’ comments…winners’ comments

Tuesday, January 17, 2017    

Ian Links winning with Omar Walker. (Photos: Garfield Robinson)

The Complete Racing Guide shares the comments of some of the winners on the 10-race programme at Caymanas Park last Saturday. The Patrick Fong-trained Wong Don, under Paul Francis, won the second race over 1,200 metres. Francis said after the race: “The plan was to win and we did win and everything is good. We got a good beak and went in front and basically that was all that was necessary. When Rambunctious Links tried to challenge up the lane, Wong Don just went on his business.” ... Read More

On the inside rails…On the inside rails…On the inside rails…

BY LENKY SILVER Observer racing writer | Tuesday, January 17, 2017    

Apprentice Andree Powell

WHERE IS SHANE ELLIS? Champion jockey of 2015, Shane Ellis, who has gained much acclaim for his big race victories seems to be experiencing a drought of winners recently. He lost his title to Omar Walker without a real fight last year, and since the start of this year, ‘The Canter Man’ – as he is known by racing fans – has ridden just one winner, Seeking The Dawn, for Adin Williams. Ellis from all appearances is no longer with the power stables of trainer Anthony Nunes w ... Read More

Trainer DaCosta saddles historic 2,000th winner

Sunday, January 15, 2017    

DACOSTA... the feeling is good

All-time leading trainer by wins, Wayne DaCosta took the spotlight by saddling his 2,000th career winner on the 10-race programme at Caymanas Park yesterday. Winner of the trainer’s championship record 16 times, DaCosta achieved his landmark when Vision Of Gold, ridden by Omar Walker, finished in a dead heat with rival Anthony Nunes’ Counter Attack (apprentice Linton Steadman) in the 10th and final event over 1,820 metres. Vision Of Gold shook off the challenge from Bounce (Bebeto ... Read More

Traditional Prince looks hard to oppose in Overnight sprint

BY HURBUN WILLIAMS Observer writer | Saturday, January 14, 2017    

Traditional Prince won’t be easily denied in third race tomorrow.

The long-standing James B Dawes Memorial Trophy feature, slotted in at the penultimate stage of the programme among $450-000-$400,000-claiming company, must receive appropriate attention. However, it is within the first five races — four of which carry the largest purses, $780,000 down to $768,000 brackets — that critical attention will be concentrated as these races truly highlight a nicely balanced 10-race card at Caymanas Park today. The James B Dawes has attracted a fairly de ... Read More

Clembert Powell – providing ‘racing care’ for over 61 years

BY RUDDY ALLEN Observer staff reporter | Friday, January 13, 2017    

POWELL... A retired commissioner of St John Ambulance said that although his job is a vital one to the racing industry, he takes much pride in offering his services at Caymanas Park and he has been doing so for over 61 years. (Photo: Joseph Wellington)

Committed to saving lives, minimising pain, promoting humanitarian and charitable ventures intended to relieve distress, suffering, sickness and danger are just some of the duties of a medical personnel. Those services are provided especially to jockeys at Caymanas Park by the St John’s Association of Jamaica, popularly known as St John Ambulance. The St John Ambulance is a charitable organisation. Clembert Powell, a retired commissioner of St John Ambulance, said that although his job i ... Read More


Friday, January 13, 2017    

Apprentice Anthony Thomas on the ground after falling from his mount, Captain Granville, in Saturday’s seventh race over nine furlongs and 25 yards. Thomas did not receive any major injuries and is down to ride tomorrow. (Photo: Naphtali Junior)

Apprentice Anthony Thomas on the ground after falling from his mount, Captain Granville, in Saturday’s seventh race over nine furlongs and 25 yards. Thomas did not receive any major injuries and is down to ride tomorrow. Read More

WHAT THEY SAY: Andrew Ramgeet - Jockey

Friday, January 13, 2017    

Andrew Ramgeet
Racehorse jockey

When did you start your career as a jockey? I started my career as a jockey in 1979 but I was involved in the sport long before that date. I came into racing through my brother and without doubt I have a special love for horses. When I was, a boy growing up, I would go to the track with him and watched as the jockeys did their thing and also I watched a lot of races. I eventually got fixed on the game and it came as no surprise when I became a jockey. Horse racing is my game and I have enjoyed ... Read More

A ‘warm’ return for Mitchell

BY HURBUN WILLIAMS Observer writer | Friday, January 13, 2017    

Richard Mitchell

The unassuming yet competent jockey of 20 years, Richard “Byah” Mitchell, is back in Jamaica for a short break from his riding duties at Gulfstream Park in Florida, United States, to be with family, friends and importantly to get some warmth. The Complete Racing Guide caught with him during a break while exercising horses at Caymanas Park on Wednesday morning and quizzed him on his stay and he was quite candid in his response. “Well, I am riding at Gulfstream Park and have wo ... Read More



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