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Giovedi wins feature Kendal Moon Trophy

Barbados Advocate by Charlie Heath | 4/15/2012

The Bill & Hayley Blevins owned four-year-old dark bay/brown colt Giovedi, ridden by Kenny John, won the feature Kendal Moon Trophy (Handicap) for three-year-olds and older yesterday at the Garrison Savannah.

It was a very enterprising ride by Kenny John, as he broke Giovedi smartly from the outside gate and settled the colt behind pace setter Captain Sully, ridden by Desmond Bryan.

As they reached the three furlong marker John put Giovedi ahead of Captain Sully, while the Sir David Seale-owned Dancin David, with Anderson Trotman in the irons, followed in third.

At the two furlong pole it was still Giovedi, Captain Sully and Dancing David in the lead, while the filly Daga, with Reshawn Latchman in the irons, could be seen making up ground on the leaders. However, there was no stopping Giovedi as he ran out an easy winner.

Daga got up to be second, while Dancin David finished third, with Captain Sully holding on for fourth.

No jockey on the day was able to land two winners. However, that was not the case with the trainers, as Victor Cheeseman dominated that category by saddling three winners on the eight-race card. He started by winning race four with rank outsider Dunwiddat, for owner Ian Corbin. Cheeseman then won race six with A.P. Vincero for owners Luther Miller III JP and Suzanne Miller, and finished the day by winning the final race on the card with Lune De Barachois for Lewin Godding.

Andy Ward was the only other trainer to saddle more than one winner, as he saddled two winners for owner Lord Michael Taylor.

Racing continues on Saturday, April 28. (CH)

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Chalk and cheese for Victor

Giovedi with Kenny John winning the feature Kendal Moon Trophy Handicap yesterday. (Picture by Kenmore Bynoe.)

Giovedi with Kenny John winning the feature Kendal Moon Trophy Handicap yesterday. (Picture by Kenmore Bynoe.)

www.nationnews.com By Lindon Yarde | Sun, April 15, 2012

Trainer Victor Cheeseman stole the spotlight on the eighth day of the Barbados Turf Club’s first racing season producing three winners yesterday at the Garrison Savannah.

While Cheeseman secured those important strikes for his connections, pride of place went to the combination of owners Bill and Haley Blevins, trainer Jonathon Simpson and jockey Kenny John.

On the salute to the 2011 Champions Raceday, the trio combined with the four-year-old colt Giovedi to take the afternoon’s feature race – the Kendal Moon Trophy Handicap – for three-year-old and older horses rated 118-140 and also open to horses rated 117 and below over 1 570 metres.

Giovedi, expertly ridden by John, tracked early leader Captain Sully for most of the trip while the hot favourite Dancin David was nicely settled in third position. Little Man Arran, Sea Gypsy, Daga and Purr Class raced close while the others remained at the back.

Three furlongs out, John asked Giovedi to pick up the running and with Captain Sully fully extended, Giovedi opened up a length and a half lead on the field. It became evident two furlongs out that the Gold Cup winner Dancin David was under tremendous pressure as he plodded along at one place.

Entering the home stretch, Giovedi had few challengers and coasted home much to the delight of the connections. Daga continued to show glimpses of her old form by taking aim at the winner, but had to settle for second position under Reshaun Latchman. Dancin David, partnered by Anderson Trotman, held third spot while Captain Sully with Desmond Bryan up took fourth place.

The Cheeseman show got under way in race four – The Daga Trophy Handicap – for three-year-old and older horses rated 38-60 and also open to horses rated 37 and below over 1 800 metres. Jockey Paul Eddery gave the Ian Corbin-owned Dunwiddat an excellent ride to claim that event.

Cheeseman’s next success was an expected one as his imported colt, Luther G.Miller and Susan Miller-owned A.P. Vincero disposed of the field in the Anderson Trotman Trophy Handicap for three-year-old and older non-winners of two over 1 100 metres.

The Lewin Gooding-owned Lune De Barachois ridden by apprentice Affrie Ward, won the Anderson Ward Trophy Handicap for three-year-old and older horses rated 35-60 and also open to horses rated 34 and below over 1 100 metres to bring the day’s proceedings to an end for Cheeseman.

Lord Michael Taylor and trainer Anderson Ward had earlier combined for a double strike on the card, thus keeping the Blue Diamond Stable colours visible.

They struck with Spellbound under jockey Jonathon Grant in the Lord Michael Taylor Trophy Handicap for three-year-old and older horses claiming $5 000 over 1 000 metres.

After this it was the turn of apprentice Latchman and Must Be The Money who took the supporting feature, the Sir Charles Williams Trophy Handicap for three-year-old and older horses rated 60-85 and also open to horses rated 59 and below over 1 100 metres.

Racing continues on National Heroes Day, April 28 with the staging of the first Jewel of the Barbados Triple Crown and the Barbados Guineas over 1 570 metres.

 

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Grand Stand Posse’s big day

nationnews By Lindon Yarde | Fri, March 16, 2012 – 12:02 AM

One of horse racing’s most popular and supportive groups has stepped up to the plate to host The Grand Stand Posse Race Day, which ushers in the Barbados Turf Club’s sixth day of the first season at the Garrison Savannah tomorrow.

The ten-race card, which has attracted 113 entrants, will swing into full gear from Race 1 at 12:30 p.m. with The Grand Stand Posse Fifth Anniversary Stakes & Trophy Handicap for three-year-olds over 1 570 metres.

Joanne Parravicino and Shaun Meil’s colt Indian Officer, taking 128 pounds, will renew rivalry with his conqueror last race day – A. P. Vincero, which is owned by L. G. Miller III and Susan Miller and is down to carry 120 pounds – with the weight advantage still very much in his favour.

The Parravicino-trained Indian Officer could find the assignment another taxing one.

Martin and Daniel Raizman’s colt Discretwon (114 pounds) has been knocking on the tins for a while and might be ready to lose his maiden tag.

The race with the smallest field on the programme, The Grand Stand Posse Glendon Belle Crystal Vase Handicap over 1 100 metres, looks to be an interesting one.

Two horses at the peak of their form will shoulder the top weight – Golden Moment (133 pounds), and Whataline (132).

Golden Moment, owned by Sir David Seale, won two of her last three starts and may find her heavy weight and the speed of Round Table Stud Farm-owned Whataline a little too much to handle since the latter is at the top of his game and must be caught.

Intact, owned by the Raizman brothers, finally got rid of his maiden tag last race day. At the weight of 124 pounds, he will be required to find plenty more for a repeat success.

Race 6 is The Grand Stand Posse Brian Surfleet Trophy Handicap Division-A over 1 100 metres. This event for three-year-old and older horses rated 38-55 is also open to horses rated 29 and below and should fuel quite a lot of interest.

Stephen Kellman’s Jonny Sad Boy will shoulder 133 pounds but, like Richard Edwards’ colt Verizon and the Stephen Jardine and Reginald Kawaja-owned Domineering, he has not been convincing since his last victory.

The Peter O’Neil-owned Up The Ante (120 pounds), Mr Brain-owned Fernandina and Sir Charles Williams’ Jamaica Quill, both handicapped to carry 128 pounds, along with Just U And Me (110 pounds) all appear very capable of winning.

Division-B of the Grand Stand Posse Brian Surfleet Trophy Handicap contains a lot of speedsters.

Mr Brain’s Between The Sheiks will take 133 pounds but he is the form horse and will give away weight all around.

The A Team-owned Boo (121 pounds) was a hard-fought winner last effort, while Neversaynever (123 pounds), another Richard Deane-trained entrant, scored two starts back.

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Jalon Samuel a rising star

A relaxed and excited Jalon Samuel speaking to the Barbados Advocate after his Sandy Lane Gold Cup triumphs.
 
Barbados Advocate by Charlie Heath | 3/16/2012

Horse racing in Barbados, in recent years, has not been able to produce any star performers, but now that seems to be in the past with the rise of a young jockey by the name of Jalon Samuel, who at 18 years old is without question not only a star on the horizon, but he shows the quality of becoming a superstar.

Jalon started riding at the tender age of eight years old. He would go to the Garrison Paddock on mornings, when still at school, and ask the trainers to let him sit on the horses when the grooms were taking them back to the Dalkeith Paddock after they had worked.

As he got older, it was Anne Deane who was instrumental in helping the youngster improve his riding skills, as she had done for so many before him.

He was only 14 years old when he was granted a exercise licence, and at 15, he was granted his apprentice jockey licence. In the first race on the second day, November 8, 2008, after being granted his licence, he won on a horse named Kanon, and his career had started.

It was not long before he became in demand, not only in Barbados but in Trinidad. Between September and December of 2009, the former Lester Vaughan student had chalked up 16 winners, of which 10 of those wins came at Santa Rosa Park in Trinidad.

By 2010, he was showing exceptional skills, and won both the apprentice and open jockey titles.

2011 was a bittersweet year for Jalon, as he won the prestigious Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup that year on Show Me The Money, but lost it in the Stewards Room, which would have been a devastating blow to any 17-year-old.

Between November 2011 and March 2012, this youngster has shown what he is made of, as he has come up with three big wins, starting with the TT$250 000 Stewards Cup in Trinidad.

On Gold Cup day, this year, he rode the Joseph Brothers, Attie III and Saffie Joseph Jr., owned Areutalkintome, trained by David Yearwood, in the supporting feature Sandy Lane Spa Sprint. When asked why he chose Areutalkintome although the horse had not raced for 15 months, he informed this newspaper that he was working him, and he was going as good as before he had the accident. He recalls the neck-and-neck battle in the straight run with Purr Class, who was able to put a neck on him mid-way up the straight, but he was still able to get enough out of Areutalkintome at the wire to get his head back in front.

He admitted that the win on Areutalkintome gave him a real confidence booster coming in-to the Gold Cup, which he then won on Dancin David.

When asked if it was sweet revenge winning the Gold Cup on Dancin David, the young jockey said it was gratifying, more than revenge. He said that Show Me The Money ran a big race for him last year when he easily won, and he thought he was going well enough entering the straight not to have caused interference, but the Stewards ruled that he did, as did the Appellant Stewards on appeal, and in racing that is where the story ends, and you move on.

When questioned as to why he said, “Let them take this away from me,” after winning on Dancin David, he responded by saying that in the excitement and emotion of being able to win this race again, and knowing that he had a very clear run throughout the race, he was only expressing that there is no way this one would be taken away from him, and it was his to keep, and nothing else.

When asked if he was disappointed when the race was taken away from him last year, he said that he was disappointed, as any other jockey would be, but he never let it get to him, as he felt that there would be many more opportunities to win in the future, plus he had a lot of support from his family, friends and fans.

Asked how he got to ride on Dancin David? He says that is a long story, as he was originally to ride John Brian, but after working Dancin David one morning, he asked trainer Liz Deane, and Sir David’s son, Richard, if he could ride him instead, as he worked like a winner. At that stage Dancin David was in the race, and later he became a reserve and he stuck with him, “and he did not let him down, he is a good horse”.

After winning one of Trinidad’s major races, the Stewards Cup, where he beat the favoured Bruceontheloose by a short head, on the Errol Stables owned, Glen Mendez trained 9/1 shot Signal Alert, he then won the Spa Sprint and the Gold Cup.

That was followed by another opportunity, the chance to ride at Gulfstream Park in the United States.

Jalon says he was fortunate that trainer, Saffie Joseph Jr., invited him to Gulfstream Park, where he now trains, and he accepted the invitation.

“Trainer Joseph told me he had Town of Towns running, for owner Sir David Seale, and he asked Sir David’s son, Richard, if he could get the ride if he could get his papers sorted out in time, and they immediately agreed,” and he won the race, for which he thanked them for the opportunity.

Asked if winning with his very first ride in the United States was as sweet as the other three, Jalon quickly agrees, as he says he was riding with some of the best jockeys in North America.

He kept Town of Towns just off the leaders, and made his move at the 1/16 pole up the rail, beating Strapping Groom with Edgar Prado in the irons by 1/2 length.

In addition to his 86 wins at home, he has scored many wins in Trinidad and Martinique, and he has now added a win in the United States. He also had a ride at Windsor in the UK, when he rode a horse for Sir Michael Stoute.

We all know that many jockeys suffer with weight problems, and when asked what body weight he would like to weigh in at, he says it is his ambition to try and keep his body weight at 113 pounds when riding.

The young rider says he will continue riding here, and will grasp every opportunity to ride in any other country whenever the opportunity arises.

He told the Barbados Advocate that his ambition was to one day ride in the Breeders’ Cup races in the United States and the Kentucky Derby.

The young jockey insisted that he would not be where he is today without the support of his family, friends and race fans, for which he thanked them very much.

The Barbados Advocate, who since 2009 spotted Jalon Samuel – a star in the making, wishes the young rider continued success. (CH)

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