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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

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ELEVEN HORSES CLAIMED ON SATURDAY

The claiming box was busy on Saturday as 11 horses were claimed on the 10-race programme.

Concur was claimed from Roy Mathews by Alford Brown for owner Sparky Dollar Sign Stables for $250,000, while Unbreakable was taken from Ryan Williams by Junior Panton for owner Deleta Brewster, also for $250,000 from the fifth race.

In the sixth race, Leroy Tomlinson claimed Bay Commander from Fitznahum Williams for owner Pink Alaina; Howard Jaghai claimed Queen Of Bagdad from Wayne DaCosta for owner Willie's Racing Stable; Tensang Chung claimed Stir It Up from Oneil Markland for owner Kris Doc; Ray Phillips claimed Council Of Trent from Carl Anderson for Paul Williams and Anthony Ferguson claimed General Report from Lincoln Lungs for owner The Seeker. All these horses were claimed for $450,000.

In the eighth race on a $180,000 claiming tag, Nicholas Smith claimed Laguna Point for owner Akim Mahadiow from Everal Francis; Phillip Lee claimed Silent Valley from Carl Anderson for owner Romeo Daley; Adin Williams claimed True Whisper for himself from Anthony Subratie; and Christopher Pierre claimed Big Mistake for owner Marcia Hemsley from Steven Todd.

TRAINER PATRICK SMELLIE GETS OFF THE MARK

Trainer Patrick Smellie notched his first winner of the season when Magical Selecta, ridden by Doushane Gordon, won the second race over eight-and-a-half furlongs (1,700m) at odds of 26-1. Magical Selecta, running with the blinkers off, sat among the back markers as Sunshine Cat led over Peyton's Delight in the Restricted Allowance event for native-bred four-year-old and upward non-winners of two event. Peyton's Delight took over proceedings with Goodbloodbadblood challenging at the half mile (800m). Magical Selecta was still among the backmarkers making little or no progress. Turning for home with all seemed lost, Gordon then produced his mount out wide and Magical Selecta responded quickly and decisively by blowing past rivals to win by a length and a quarter. Colt Of Arms finished second and Princess Kavel third. The final time was 1:51.0.

NATALIE BERGER NOTCHES SIXTH WIN

Natalie Berger made sure that the presence of the female riders remained in the eyes of racegoers when she rode Burlin to an easy seven-and-a-half length win in the fifth race over seven furlongs (1,400m) last Saturday vat Caymanas Park. This was Berger's sixth win for the season. After a poor start, Concur recovered nicely against the inside rails and assumed the lead at the six-furlong (1,200m) point over The Nextbigthing, while Burlin was labouring in sixth place in the seven-horse field. Burlin made little progress at the half-mile (800m), but by the time Concur brought the field into the lane, Burlin was third and ready to pounce. When Berger asked the question, the chestnut gelding accelerated quickly in deep stretch for an easy victory in the end. Concur was second and Unbreakable third in a final time of 1:29.3.

“DAGGER MAN” IS BACK

Prince “dagger Man” Holder, who in the past warmed the hearts of racing fans with his never-say-die attitude in the saddle, notched a rare winner aboard Stir It Up on Saturday. It was the first win this season for Holder, who has been finding it very difficult to locate the winners over the past couple of years. Holder did well soon after graduating from Jockey's School in 2012, but in recent times has been in a drought. He was voted as the most-improved rider for the 2013 racing season, but in 2014, Holder went completely off the boil as riding regular winners were hard to come by. However, with a new approach to his career, Holder showed that he still has the skills as he drove home the Oneil Markland-owned and trained Stir It Up off the pace to win by four-and-a-quarter lengths over Queen Of Bagdad and Bay Commander in a time of 1:59.2.

Stallion Blue Pepsi Lodge moves on

The American-bred stallion Blue Pepsi Lodge (Pioneering — April Invitation), who was in third spot on the leading sires for 2018, died suddenly yesterday while on duty at HAM Stables. His progeny have so far won 12 races with earnings of $11,262,800 this year.

Blue Pepsi Lodge's progeny, which has won him the 12 races this season, include Lici's Pepsi (Blue Pepsi Lodge — First Choice), JamalJames (Blue Pepsi Lodge — She's Traditional), Khaleesi's Revenge (Blue Pepsi Lodge — Beware Baby), Adonis (Blue Pepsi Lodge — La Reina), Alexandra (Blue Pepsi Lodge — Grace Marie) and Bay Commander (Blue Pepsi Lodge — Miss Financia).

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