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Cherokee Way comes good with a change in racing equipment

Patience paid off for the connections of Cherokee Way as the four-year-old picked up her second win in a Restricted Allowance event on Saturday, this after releasing the maiden just about 12 months ago.

The grey filly's victory can be credited to a change in racing equipment as instead of running with the blinkers on, it was removed and the visor was put on and that seems to have made the difference between winning and losing for Cherokee Way.

Ridden by Aaron Chatrie, Cherokee Way, known to be a run-on horse, was surprisingly early from the start as she broke in third position behind Cohete Del Exito (Anthony Thomas) and Dancehallnight (Raddesh Roman).

Chatrie then decided to push Cherokee Way to the lead on the inside rails approaching the half-mile (800m) turn and once running the turn, the filly began to open up on the field.

Cherokee Way turned for home with a good-looking lead but in deep stretch, Bindaredundat (Kiaman McGregor) came through the pack and with his challenge but just fail to get there in time as Cherokee Way won by a neck at the end of the 7-furlong (1,400m) event.

Smarty Tradition (Reyan Lewis) also came with a strong run to finish third with Isotope (Trevor Simpson) fourth. The final time was 1:29.1.

Christopher Mamdeen back in the winners' enclosure

Christopher Mamdeen, who had started the season in good nick, may have slipped under the radar for a while but the champion apprentice made a clear announcement that he shouldn't be written off as yet after piloting Sebastian to an upset win on Saturday.

Sebastian, who was sent off as a 10-1 betting option, won convincingly by 4 lengths going over 8 furlongs (1,700m) to give the capable Mamdeen his 16th winner for the season – four wins behind leader Omar Walker (20 winners) in the jockey's standing.

Sebastian got a good break and went to the lead, holding a slim advantage ahead of Soul Cure (Dane Dawkins). As the runners sorted themselves out down the backstretch, Kingsman (Trevor Simpson) who was tardy at the start, came through on the inside rails and picked up the lead at the 6-furlong (1,200m) point in the race.

Kingsman increased the tempo running the half-mile (800m), opening up on Sebastian and other rivals. Coming into the lane, Mamdeen then asked his mount for everything and Sebastian responded well and powered past Kingsman, who failed to kick in deep stretch, and then went on to register back-to-back wins.

Tricky One (Reyan Lewis) came from nowhere to get second place ahead of Kingsman in third place. The running time for the event was 1:46.2.

Messi defies the odds to make it two from three

The Dr Paul Wright-bred four-year-old grey colt Messi continued to show noticeable improvement when he romped home in a Restricted Allowance event over 7 furlongs (1,400m).

Despite going off as the odds on 4-5 favourite in the 10-horse field, it was not an easy assignment for Messi as the far-striding colt was testing the waters at the level for the first time and doing so, he had to work for the victory as well.

With Oneil Mullings in the saddle, Messi ( American DanceWinning Spirit) was slowly into stride at the off and raced among the backmarkers early as Kalahari (Robert Halledeen) slipped through for the lead ahead of Bula (Raddesh Roman) and Goldeneye (Daniel Satchell).

Approaching the half-mile (800m), Messi recovered somewhat and went down into fourth place as Kalahari continued to lead, at this stage ahead of Goldeneye with Anaso (Roger Hewitt) running in third place.

Anaso then took command approaching the home bend but when he failed to kick away from rivals, this gave the opportunity to the runners behind to cut into the lead and so they did.

It was Messi, who came forward first and with the momentum going his way, the Philip Feanny trainee was not for catching as he powered home to win by 4 lengths.

Sendamessagetomama (Christopher Mamdeen) came through for second place ahead of Anaso and Kalahari. The final time for the event was 1:28.1 with splits 23.3, 47.3 and 1:13.3.

Gordon Lewis, Shaun Williams score long overdue victories in 2019

Trainers Gordon Lewis and Shaun Williams were each able to win their first races for the season on Saturday.

Lewis saddled Stan Roy in the ninth race over 6 furlongs (1,300m), while Williams was successful with Colt of Arms in the 11th and final event over 7 furlongs (1,500m).

After placing a respectable third on last over 7 furlongs (1,400m), Stan Roy (Reyan Lewis) made no mistake this time around when rolling over to win by 10 lengths in a time of 1:24.0.

Stan Roy missed the break as Strike It Lucky (Christopher Mamdeen) was ridden to get the lead over Stormonthesea (Javaniel Patterson) and No Money Friend (Oneil Scott).

At the half-mile Strike It Lucky opened up on the field and looked as if she was going to run away with the victory but turning for home Strike It Lucky struggled to go on.

Stan Roy then came through and skittered away for an easy win. Fiery Path (Tevin Foster) was second with Stormonthesea third.

Ridden by Tevin Foster, Colt of Arms, produced a late run in deep stretch to beat Thundereble (Christopher Mamdeen) by a short head at the end of a Restricted Allowance event.

Uncle Wal (Raddesh Roman) led for most of the way until giving up in deep stretch. With a bunch of horses challenging for control in deep stretch, Thundereble came through to take the lead with Miss Judy (Trevor Simpson) and Colt of Arms in hot pursuit.

It was Colt of Arms who came up and nipped Thundereble on the wire to land the event for trainer Williams. Miss Judy took third place. The final time was 1:48.4.


Joseph Thomas continues good start to season

Veteran trainer Joseph “Sardie” Thomas maintained his good start to the season when he posted his fifth winner for the year after Kimberly Gold won an Optional Claiming ($350,000-$300,000) event over five furlongs (1,000m) on the round course.

Sent off as the 1-2 favourite, Kimberly Gold (Trevor Simpson) didn't mess around in the early stages of the race as after breaking in second position behind Tough Cookie (Raddesh Roman) – who had rushed down from the outside draw to pick up the lead – Kimberly Gold swept through to lead approaching the home bend.

Coming into the straight and looking strong Kimberly Gold held her position to the wire by 1 length over Prince Kamali (Christopher Mamdeen) and Diferentgeneration (Oneil Mullings). The final time recorded was 1:02.3.

Four horses claimed

Four horses were claimed on the 11-race programme at Caymanas Park on Saturday.

In the ninth race, Tensang Chung claimed No Money Friend for himself from Steven Todd, while Paul Hylton took Strike It Lucky for owner James B Chen also from Todd. Both horses were claimed for $250,000.

Winner of the 10th race, Kimberly Gold was claimed from Joseph Thomas by Michael Marlowe for owner Michael Wint for $350,000 and Tough Cookie was claimed from Rudolph Hardial by Lawrence Freemantle for owner Ajax Bjorn.

By My Standards a surprise winner of US$1M Louisiana Derby

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — By My Standards passed three horses down the stretch to win the US$1 million Louisiana Derby at the Fair Grounds Race course Saturday.

The winner went off at 22-1 in what is one of the major prep races for the Kentucky Derby, and galloped past Todd-Pletcher-trained Spinoff to win by nearly a length.

Trained by W Bret Calhoun, By My Standards earned 100 points in the Road to the Kentucky Derby, assuring qualification for the Triple Crown opener. Jockey Gabriel Saez steered By My Standards into fourth entering the final turn and finished the 1 1/8-mile race in 1:49.2.

With John Velazquez aboard, Spinoff earned 40 points with a second-place finish with Sueno finishing third.

War of Will was the morning line favourite at 6-5 and went off at 4-6. But after settling in the middle of the pack, the winner of the previous two Fair Grounds prep races faded and finished ninth in what was the colt's first loss on a dirt track.

Champion Australian mare Winx makes it 32 wins in a row

SYDNEY, Australia (AFP) - Champion Australian mare Winx extended her record-breaking win streak to 32 on Saturday in what is widely expected to be the penultimate race for the world's top-rated turf horse.

Trained by Chris Waller, the best galloper on the planet comfortably won the 1500m weight-for-age George Ryder Stakes at Rosehill Gardens in Sydney, boosting her world-record Group 1 race victories to 24.

The seven-year-old was hot favourite on what is her home track -- close to where she is stabled and has trained for most of her career.

With long-time jockey Hugh Bowman in the saddle, she held back before hitting the front with 200m to go and storming to the finish line for another easy win ahead of Brutal and Dreamforce.

“I just crept her in closer and obviously I was a bit more assertive with her over the final 300m,” said Bowman.

“But for her it was really comfortable and when I asked her to really stretch she responded and you could hear the crowd roar.

“The excitement and the emotion, she responds to that as well as much as anything else,” he added.

The triumph handed Winx yet another record, and one which is unlikely to be equalled, of four successive wins in three Group 1 races -- the Cox Plate, Chipping Norton Stakes and the George Ryder.

Group 1 events are the highest class of thoroughbred racing, attracting the best horses and highest prize money. In Australia, they include the Melbourne Cup, Cox Plate and Caulfield Cup.

At seven years of age most horses have retired and Waller has previously said the current autumn carnival would be her last.

That would mean the Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick on April 13 will be her final race.

Winx smashed legendary sprinter Black Caviar's Australian win record last August when making it 26 in a row, with her unbeaten streak stretching back some four years.

She surpassed retired northern hemisphere jumper Hurricane Fly's then-record 22 Group 1 victories at the Chipping Norton Stakes earlier this month.

Racetrack owner: No plan to keep Preakness in Baltimore

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Pimlico Race Course owner says there's no plan to keep the signature Preakness Stakes race in Baltimore, despite what Mayor Catherine Pugh has said.

The Baltimore Sun reports Pugh told members of the Legislative Black Caucus on Thursday last that her team successfully negotiated to keep the race at Pimlico. But the race course owner, Stronach Group, says that's not true.

The company says it has met with Pugh and other city officials, but there was never a proposed plan that was financially feasible.

A proposed state bill would make state funds available for the company to revamp another property in Laurel Park, possibly moving the Preakness from its historic site. Pugh sued the company this week in an effort to keep the race in Baltimore.

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