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Tuesday, December 04, 2018


The claiming box was busy on the Diamond Mile Race Day as 11 horses were claimed on the 14-race programme at Caymanas Park on Saturday.

Tensang Chung claimed Jolly D for owner Krisdock from Steven Todd; Johnny Wilmot claimed Bullet Raj for owner Carlton Watson from Victor Williams; Louis Richards claimed Hologram Shadow for himself from Johnny Wilmot; Alden Francis claimed Prince Sammo for himself from Phillip Elliott; Steven Todd claimed Diferentgeneration for owner Andre Smith from Rowan Mathie and Paul Hylton claimed Mr Lyndhurst for owner Unruly Connection from Tyrone Prince from the first race. All claims went for $350,000 each.

In the second race on a $180,000 claiming tag, Princess Brianna was claimed from Ray Phillips by Neville Peralto for owner Must Makit Racing Stables and Laguna Point was taken from Johnny Wilmot by Ryan Williams for owner Patrick McKenzie.

From the third race, trainer Collin Ferguson claimed Ballon D'Or for owner Baldwin Williams for $450,000 from Alford Brown, Tensang Chung claimed Danos La Paz for himself for $400,000 from Anthony Nunes and Steadman Curtis claimed Brave Prospect for owner Texas Crew for $450,000 from Tyrone Prince.


After some close and competitive races all season, the nicely bred Cruising Motion ( Weekend CruiseTotal Motion) just failed to visit the winners' enclosure as a winner all season. However, on the biggest stage of his career – the Diamond Mile Race Day – Cruising Motion got his reward after winning the first race.

Ridden by the capable Robert Halledeen, Cruising Motion, trained by Lorne Kirlew, got the better of Diferentgeneration (Orlando Foster) by a short head in the Catherine's Peak Trophy among $350,000-$300,000 claimers over five furlongs (1,000m) on the round course.

Prince Sammo (Omar Walker) finished third and Hologram Shadow (Tevin Foster) fourth in a final time of 1:01.1.


Trainer Johnny Wilmot continued to have the best season of his career after he achieved his 17th winner for the year when Laguna Point won the $1 million Jamaica Racing Commission Trophy (JRC) Trophy going five furlongs (1,000m) straight on Saturday.

Under the hands of apprentice Tevin Foster, Laguna Point won by a length ahead of True Whisper (Daniel Satchell) and Princess Brianna (Shane Ellis) in a time of 1:02.1.

Laguna Point got a good break but was held just behind Princess Brianna for the first part of the race with True Whisper in third place. Coming across the dummy rails, Laguna Point took over the lead and while drifting towards the stand side of the racetrack, the dark bay mare held onto her lead to the wire. The win also continued the upward trend and development of the young Foster.


Without a doubt, six-year-old chestnut gelding Ballon D'Or has been one of the most consistent and reliable horses, especially at the claiming level in recent times. This time trained by Alford Brown and ridden by apprentice Tevin Foster, Ballon D'Or romped home by 2 lengths in the $1.16 million True Juice Trophy over nine furlongs and 25 yards (1,820m) on Saturday.

The win was Ballon D'Or's ( Forest Danger Wap) sixth win for the season from 14 starts with earnings of nearly $3 million, whith his career statistics now reading - 12 wins, six-second place finishes and 14 third place finishes from 60 starts with lifetime earnings of nearly $7 million, making this season his best.

Stepping down from Overnight Allowance company on last, Ballon D'Or made no mistake in the $450,000-$400,000 claiming event, when out staying Danos La Paz (Dick Cardenas), Newton's First Law (Kaiman McGregor) and Top Eagle (Ruja Lahoe) in that order. The final time was 1:59.3.


After turning for home four lengths ahead of the field going seven furlongs (1,400m) on November 17, Ten Cararts, ridden then by Barrington Bell, was beaten by a length by Night Light. On Saturday going five-and-a-half furlongs (1,100m) and ridden by Jerome Innis, Ten Carats lasted home by a 1 1/4.

It was the same tactics applied by trainer David Lee Sin as Ten Carats went through to the lead running the half mile turn and this time in deep stretch he was not for catching and romped home to win the $1.13 million Moet & Chandon Trophy, a Restricted Allowance event for native-bred four-year-old and upward non-winners of three.

Rockdale (Tevin Foster), who came with his challenge in deep stretch, had to settle for second money with Transfusion (Linton Steadman) getting third. The winning time was 1:07.3.


Changes in racing equipment continued to prove that the right combination can make the difference between winning and losing. This was the case with the Junior Small trained Boffo on Diamond Mile Day on Saturday.

Boffo returning to the races with the Figure 8 added to his already regular racing equipment of visor, tongue tie and with Lasix administered, romped home easily by seven lengths in the $1.08 million Rum Fire trophy, a Restricted Allowance event for native-bred five-year-old and upward for non-winners of three over seven furlongs (1,400m).

Boffo wasn't the best out of the starting gates but when Wesley Henry, found his footing, the bay mare shot through the field, taking up the running and went on her merry way to a commanding win. Photogenic finished the best of the rest for second place under Dane Nelson. The winning time was recorded at 1:27.0.