Horse Racing

Poker Star leads 11 entries in Lotto Sprint


Reigning sprint champion Poker Star heads the handicaps in the 11-horse field provisionally entered for this year’s renewal of the five-and-a-half furlong (1,100 metres) Lotto Sprint scheduled to be run on Lotto Classic day, Saturday May 28. Poker Star, who totes top weight of 57.0 kgs (126 l ... Read More

Simple things to ponder for new boards at BGLC, JRC
The government of the Jamaica Labour Party has named the new board members of the Betting Gaming and ... Read More

Hologram Shadow being rolled over by apprentice Javaniel Patterson as the seven-year-old dark bay gelding easily wins the Labour Day Trophy at Caymanas Park yesterday.(Photo: Joseph Wellington) Hologram Shadow steamrolls Labour Day feature
Hologram Shadow, under a good ride from apprentice Javaniel Patterson, steamrolled rivals in deep st ... Read More

Future King (Robert Halledeen) parades on the infield before the start of his race yesterday. Lukewarm Cal’s Derby prep for Future King
Top two-year-old of last year and 2,000 Guineas winner Future King trained by champion Wayne DaCosta ... Read More

Main contenders complete gallops

BY OBSERVER RACING WRITER | Tuesday, May 24, 2016    

Bigdaddykool (Photos: Joseph Wellington)

The main contenders for Saturday’s 10-furlong Supreme Ventures-sponsored Lotto Classic run for the Governor’s Cup completed their final round of gallops over last weekend. Rated as having a really good chance of winning the race, which punters over the years have dubbed the ‘poor man’s’ Derby, the Lorenzo Robinson-trained Mr Doitbetta cantered 10 furlongs on Saturday morning last, galloping the last three furlongs in 35.3 seconds. Mr Doitbetta enters the Lotto ... Read More

‘Choo Choo Blue can win the Diamond Mile’ – trainer Peter McMaster

BY RUDDY ALLEN Observer staff reporter | Tuesday, May 24, 2016    

Choo Choo Blue

Trainer< Peter McMaster is now priming his imported bay filly Choo Choo Blue for the ultra-rich Diamond Mile Race, scheduled for December 10 at Caymanas Park. Choo Choo Blue (Cowtown Cat – Choobloo) produced another impressive performance on Saturday when she made all convincingly to win a Restricted Stakes event over 1,200 metres. The three-year-old bay filly, ridden by Robert Halledeen, was a comfortable seven lengths in front of Polly B (Mellisa Ward) and Awesome Destiny (Shane El ... Read More

Eleven horses claimed

Tuesday, May 24, 2016    

Lady Belridge claimed for $450,000.

Eleven horses were claimed on the 10-race programme at Caymanas Park last Saturday. Star New Vista was claimed from Andrew McDonald by Carl Anderson acting as both trainer and owner for $450,000; Unbreakable was claimed from Dennis Lee by Everald Francis for Paul Swaby for $450,000, and Lady Belridge was taken from Albert Chong by Rudolph Hardial for Rahmos, also for $450,000 from the third race. In the fourth race on a $180,000 claiming tag, Denrick Chambers claimed Eusebia for Aston Ramsay ... Read More

Winners’ comments…Winners’ comments…Winners’ comments

Tuesday, May 24, 2016    

Javaniel Patterson

The Complete Racing Guide shares the comments of some of the winners on last Saturday’s 10-race programme at Caymanas Park. Blue Pepsi Links, owned by Ian Lodge, trained by Ryan Darby and ridden by Robert Halledeen, won the second race over 1,200 metres. Lodge said: “Final time of 1:15:0 minutes is good, so I think that he ran really well. The aim now is to step him up and check out if he can get into the two Classic races that are left. I think that he has the potential to be a ver ... Read More

Preakness win behind them, Desormeaux brothers prepare for Belmont

Tuesday, May 24, 2016    

Kent (left) and Keith Desormeaux after Exaggerator won the 141st Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course, on Saturday last.

BALTIMORE (AP) — Bonded by their prowess for getting the most out of racehorses, siblings Keith and Kent Desormeaux have a relationship that can best be described as professional. Sure, they love each other. Yet, after the duo teamed to win the Preakness with Exaggerator on Saturday last, the most visible sign of affection between the two was a fist pump from Keith, the trainer, after Kent rode the colt to a stunning victory. Oh, brother. “It’s interesting that our styles ar ... Read More

Future King, A Thousand Stars in Derby prep run today

BY HURBUN WILLIAMS Observer writer | Monday, May 23, 2016    

Robert Halledeen relaxes aboard <InfoHeadlineItalic>Future King</InfoHeadlineItalic> upon return to the winners’ enclosure after triumphing in the SVL Jamaica Two-Year-Old Stakes at Caymanas Park yesterday.

Two Thousand Guineas winner Future King cranks up his Jamaica Derby preparations with another run against older horses in the Mark My Word Trophy on Labour Day at Caymanas Park today. Also on the Labour Day 11-race card is the Labour Day Trophy, a high claiming race — $600,000-$550,000 — for native-bred four-year-olds and upward (NW4) going 1,200 metres for the purse of $620,000. Prior to winning the three-year-olds 2,000 Guineas in early April, Future King took on older horses ... Read More

Cedric Stewart replaced as Caymanas Track Limited, CEO

BY OBSERVER RACING WRITER | Sunday, May 22, 2016    

Former Caymanas Track Limited (CTL) Chief Executive Officer Cedric Stewart (right) with former Chairman of the Betting Gaming and Lotteries Commission Gary Peart (left) and present Chairman of CTL Danville Walker.

Chairman of Caymanas Track Limited (CTL) Danville Walker has confirmed that the contract of the chief executive officer of the sole promoter of horse racing in Jamaica, Cedric Stewart has been terminated. The termination of Stewart’s contract took place on Friday last (May 20), at the second board meeting of the new CTL board which was recently named by Minister of Finance Audley Shaw. “Yes, I can confirm that the contract of the CEO has been terminated and Deputy Chairman Shane D ... Read More

Classy Aviator flies home in Titania

BY RUDDY ALLEN Observer staff reporter | Sunday, May 22, 2016    

Classy Aviator, under Aaron Chatrie, leads home Bird Catcher (O’Brien White) in the Titania Trophy feature at Caymanas Park yesterday. Observer

After a superb stretch run, Classy Aviator, under an enterprising ride from in-form jockey Aaron Chatrie, powered past rivals to win the $768,000 Titania Trophy feature at Caymanas Park yesterday. The chestnut filly by Seeking The Glory – Classy Chanel, after turning for home in sixth position behind Like A Lady and Bird Catcher, responded well to a powerful ride from Chatrie and got up in time to win by one-and-a-quarter lengths in the Restricted Allowance for native-bred three-year-old ... Read More

No kidding: Exaggerator beats Nyquist in Preakness

Sunday, May 22, 2016    

Exaggerator with Kent Desormeaux aboard moves past Nyquist with Mario Gutierrez during the 141st Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course, in Baltimore, USA, yesterday. 

BALTIMORE (AP) — Finally, Exaggerator has beaten Nyquist, and it came in the Preakness yesterday to end any chance of another Triple Crown. Seizing the lead at the top of the stretch, Exaggerator splashed past a tiring Nyquist and went on for a 3 1/2-length victory over Cherry Wine on a rain-drenched Pimlico Race Course. Exaggerator’s elusive victory over his nemesis came after four tough losses, including a runner-up finish to Nyquist in the Kentucky Derby. Nyquist was sent off ... Read More

‘Frog’ Holmes pounces on Azore with unanimous decision

BY HURBUN WILLIAMS Observer writer | Saturday, May 21, 2016    

Richard Holmes (right) misses with a straight right as Iwan Azore takes evasive action.Hurbun Williams

Richard ‘Frog’ Holmes declared war on the Wray & Nephew White Overproof Rum Contender Series Boxing welterweight title fight with a comprehensive unanimous points decision against Team Caribbean teammate Iwan Azore of Trinidad and Tobago to march into his second consecutive semi-final at the Chinese Benevolent Association Auditorium on Wednesday night. Following the overwhelming decision in favour of Holmes, Azore told the Jamaica Observer: “I am retiring from boxing. As t ... Read More



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