Horse Racing

Difficult, very difficult to oppose Nuclear Affair in Oaks

Trainer Gary Subratie with his charge and Guineas winner, Nuclear Affair.Observer

The fillies will be the centre of attraction in tomorrow’s Caribbean Choice-sponsored Jamaica Oaks. This year, 10 of the leading three-year-old fillies take to the track to vie for the $1.6-million first prize on offer. Nuclear Affair, winner of the 1,000 Guineas on April 9, leads the list of ... Read More

Nuclear Affair Nuclear Affair – almost a lock to win the Oaks
Trainer Gary Subratie believes that his talented filly Nuclear Affair is ready for her assignment to ... Read More

A Thousand Stars A Thousand Stars – looking to be competitive in Oaks
Fifteen-time champion trainer Wayne DaCosta said that his filly, A Thousand Stars , will be more com ... Read More

(L-R) Ruja Lahoe, Dane Dawkins, Shane Ellis and Jerome Innis WINNERS’ COMMENTS…
The Complete Racing Guide shares the comments from some of the winners at Caymanas Park last Sunday. ... Read More

Caribbean Choice, ATL Automotive Limited team up to boost Jamaica Oaks Race Day

BY RUDDY ALLEN Observer staff reporter | Wednesday, April 27, 2016    

(From left) Andrea Coy, CEO at GK Foods Jamaica, David Reid, brand manager at Caribbean Choice and Gilroy Graham, senior general manger at GK Foods and Services, display the symbolic sponsorship cheque valued at $1.3 million along with Cedric Stewart, CEO at CTL, and Denzil Miller, racing secretary at CTL, during the launch of the 77th Jamaica Oaks race day at Caymanas Park yesterday.    Bryan Cummings

Caribbean Choice, a subsidiary of GraceKennedy Group of Companies, has stepped forward for the first time as the main title sponsor of the 77th running of the Jamaica Oaks (Grade One), it was announced at a press conference at Caymanas Park yesterday. The third jewel in the Classic season, the Caribbean Choice Jamaica Oaks, which boasts a purse of $3 million (inclusive of $800,000 from Caribbean Choice), will be contested over 2,000 metres for native-bred three-year-old fillies only at Caymanas ... Read More

Now there is no doubt – Seeking My Dream among the best

BY RUDDY ALLEN Observer staff reporter | Tuesday, April 26, 2016    

Seeking My Dream heads back to the winner’s enclosure.Observer

There were still doubts after Seeking My Dream won the inaugural running of the Diamond Mile on December 5, 2015. The purists were still not convinced that the Derby winner could be considered among the best to have graced the racetrack at Caymanas Park. After his defeat by Franfield on March 12, 2016 in the seven-and-a-half-furlong Chairman’s trophy, the Seeking My Dream naysayers have been saying, “We told you so.” Then came Saturday, April 23, 2016, and the specialist two ... Read More

Winners’ comments...Winners’ comments...Winners’ comments

Tuesday, April 26, 2016    

Wesley HenryNaphtali Junior

Homecoming, trained by Steven Todd and ridden by Anthony Thomas, won the second race over 1,600 metres. After the race Thomas said: “This race was pretty much wide open so any horse could win. The instructions from the trainer were to get a good break, don’t rush her too much early, save everything for the stretch run and just ride her for the last two furlongs. That was what I did and we won.” The Clifford Atkinson Snr - owned and trained Zeus, under Hakeem Pottinger, won the ... Read More

Racing photos - April 26, 2016 (two)

Tuesday, April 26, 2016    

Watching the proceedings closely.Naphtali Junior

Jockey Jevvanne Erwin washing off after his win on Dinner By Seven. (Photos: Naphtali Junior) Read More

Puddy Pooh back in form

Tuesday, April 26, 2016    

Gran Corazon claimed for $180,000Naphtali Junior

Puddy Pooh, last year’s winner of the 1,000 Gunineas, was at her very best on Saturday last, easily putting aside an Overnight Allowance field over one mile – the same distance as the Guineas. Trained by Richard Azan and ridden by apprentice Odean Edwards, Puddy Pooh settled after the start and then went to the front and that was that. She pulled away in the straight for a facile win in a good time of 1:38.2 minutes. Maybe the best is yet to come. NINE HORSES CLAIMED Nine horses ... Read More

Racing photos - April 26, 2016 (one)

Tuesday, April 26, 2016    

Posing with authority.Observer

Posing with authority. Read More

Big changes, but Nyquist still number one

Tuesday, April 26, 2016    


Brody’s Cause can win races at Keeneland. The bigger question is whether he’s ready to win again at nearby Churchill Downs on the first Saturday in May. Of course, Dale Romans believes his three-year-old colt is ready for the Kentucky Derby following his victory in the Blue Grass on Saturday. “We’re going into the Kentucky Derby in perfect form,” Romans said. “He’s already won on the track, which you know is important at Churchill Downs, and the farthe ... Read More

Mr Doitbetta signals Classic aspirations

BY RUDDY ALLEN Observer staff reporter | Monday, April 25, 2016    

Mr Doitbetta romping the inaugural running of the Simply Magic Cup at Caymanas Park, yesterday. The rider is apprentice Hakeem Pottinger. (Photo: Joseph Wellington)

Mr Doitbetta openly displayed his Classic race credentials with a victory of significant worth yesterday when winning the inaugural staging of the $768,000 Simply Magic Cup, the feature at Caymanas Park, yesterday. The Restricted Allowance event, which was run in honour of the classy 2002 Triple Crown winner Simply Magic, was contested over 1,820 metres. Bred, owned and trained by Lorenzo Robinson, Mr Doitbetta (Vibank - Olympic Advice) was held in sixth position on a tight hold by apprentice ... Read More

Breathtaking performance by Seeking My Dream

BY RUDDY ALLEN Observer staff reporter | Sunday, April 24, 2016    

Trainer Wayne DaCosta (second from right) is given a champagne moment after scoring his 1951st win to become the winningest trainer ever in local racing. At right in red is jockey Omar Walker while at left is Raymond Rousseau.

In a performance thoroughly befitting the memory of the great Legal Light in whose honour the feature race at Caymanas Park yesterday was run, Seeking My Dream without doubt established himself as the best thoroughbred currently racing with a breathtaking performance that literally sent shivers among racing fans. Owned by Derrick Smith, trained by Wayne DaCosta and ridden by Omar Walker, Seeking My Dream had to be restrained at the off, with Walker holding a tight rein. Seeking My Dream, who a ... Read More

Trainer Anthony Nunes to Counter Attack in Simply Magic Cup

BY HURBUN WILLIAMS Observer writer | Sunday, April 24, 2016    

Anthony Nunes (Photos: Observe file)

My Way could show the way in the Simply Magic Cup Sunday feature at Caymanas Park today. My Way is a three-year-old chestnut gelding running for the third time and trained by the leading trainer Wayne DaCosta. A winner on the second time of asking, My Way heads a field of seven three-year-olds and upward, which include imported three-year-olds and upward maidens and three-year-olds (NW2) going 1,820 metres. Post time for the feature is at 4:40 pm, with first post at 1:10 pm. It is not a field ... Read More



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