Antonio Bishop (right), on board Istanbul, will pilot Fernandina, while Anderson Trotman (left) will ride favourite Kendal Moon. (FP)
By Lindon Yarde | nationnews.com | Sat, June 11, 2011
And with the top locally-bred filly Slip Stream staying indoors, stablemate Kendal Moon looks set to come out on top in the feature Barbados Fillies Guineas (Gr.1-Bar) at the Garrison Savannah today.
Kendal Moon will be out to make amends for her disappointing showing in the first jewel of this year’s Triple Crown – the Barbados Guineas.
The Sir Charles Williams-owned and Andrew Nunes-trained filly will meet nine others in what should be an extremely competitive 1 570-metre race for West Indian-bred three-year-old fillies, featuring easily one of the best fields assembled for a fillies Guineas in recent times.
With eight of the ten entered already winners, Kendal Moon will not have things her own way as no fewer than three have claims to the top prize.
She just failed to peg back the top two in her last effort – the Ginger Punch Trophy Handicap for horses rated 58-80 going under by less than a length.
Trainer Nunes will also be sending out the Jane’s Girl-owned Cinnamon Jane.
She has proven herself against the lesser quality three-year-olds having recently won the Roses In May Trophy Condition Race for non-winners of two or more races over 1 570 metres, but it would be surprising if she gets the job done.
The Lord Michael Taylor-owned Reprise, since her maiden victory in the III Diamonds International Mont Blanc Doue Condition Race Division (B) over 1 570 metres, has started three times but has not built on that winning effort.
While she has not been disgraced, there is scant margin for error as the Midsummer Classic and Derby looms.
The Fiona Kinch-owned Fernandina has raised the alarm after her wide margin of victory in the Registered Grooms Division (B) event over 1 570 metres.
Albeit that that event offered an ordinary maiden field, this 70-rated challenger will have some ground to find to be on par with the favourite at best.
Chandler-owned Sweet Bottom Suzy is one of three maidens entered. She has fared better than the entire field against the top three-year-olds, but has found the winner’s enclosure elusive, most recently suffering at the hands of jockeys’ arrangements.
Should her owner rectify this problem and book one of the few live riders, her maiden tag should be a thing of the past.
Bouncebak (centre) driving hard to take the feature race from Kingdora on the inside and Ring Time, at the Garrison Savannah. (Picture by Kenmore Bynoe.)
By Lindon Yarde | Sun, May 29, 2011 | nationnews.com
Bouncebak continued her dominant form with a hard-fought victory over stablemate Kingdora in the feature BTC Board Of Directors Handicap for three-year-old and older horses rated 118-140 and open to horses rated 117 and below, over 1 570 metres.
On another beautiful afternoon at the Garrison Savannah yesterday the Lord Michael Taylor-owned and Anderson Ward trained seven-year-old mare Bouncebak, while travelling sweetly, exerted maximum pressure on her opponents right from the start.
Brilliantly ridden by fiery hot Jalon Samuel, she had to fight off challenges on either side before getting the job done, eventually stopping the clock at 1:37.2.
Who’s To Say contested a pressured lead most of the trip, but would soon cave in to the pressure of his stalker Bouncebak. The others led by Rocamadour, Bipin, Ring Time, and Kindora stayed close.
Rocamadour and Who’s To Say threw in the towel turning for home. It was then left to Bouncebak to survive the vicious assault from Kingdora on the rails and Ring Time on the outside both of whom took the penny stamp of 108 pounds.
That fighting effort got her the victory by a head from Kindora under jockey Ron Ali. Ring Time partnered by Jonathon Grant was a gallant third with Rocamadour and jockey Paul Leacock back in fourth.
You could say it was business as usual at the office for Samuel as he shared the winning honours with apprentice Antonio Bishop, both winning three races each.
Samuel started the ball rolling by winning division A and B of the BTC Registered Grooms for West Indian-bred three-year-old maidens (allotted weights) over 1 570 metres.
He was astride Angela Simpson-owned Whatadeal for trainer Jonathon Simpson in the first race and returned in Race 2 with Fiona Kinch-owned Fernandina for trainer Roger Parravicino as the pair wired the field by 12 ½ lengths.
The next three races would go to jockey Antonio Bishop. He powered the Gay Smith pair of Super Dancer and Glistening to impressive victories for trainer Edward Walcott Jr, who was the day’s most successful trainer.
Super Dancer took the Barbados Horseracing Owners and Trainers Handicap for three-year-old and older horses rated 30-55 and open to horses rated 29 and below over 1 100 metres.
Glistening lost her maiden tag in the Barbados Jockey Guild Handicap for four-year-old and older maidens over 1 100 metres.
Bishop’s final win would come on 12-1 long shot Fuh Real who took the BTC Member Handicap for three-year-old and older horses rated 43-65 and open to horses rated 42 and below over 1 570 metres for her owners Calvin Kellman and Colin Browne with the latter as the trainer.
Title-chasing jockey Anderson Trotman, although losing some ground to leading jockey Samuel, kept within striking distance with a double win yesterday.
He piloted the Pamuel Isdell and Lady Buchanan-owner Sumer Star to an easy win for trainer Andrew Nunes in the BTC Fans handicap for four-year-old and older horses rated 13-35 and open to horses rated 12 and below over 1 570 metres.
He then closed the afternoon with a workman-like victory on the Senator G. Cave and S. Bynoe-owned-and-trained No Spin Zone.
It brought the curtain down on a fantastic day of racing.
Punters could be in for a real headache today when trying to find the winner of the day’s final race at the Garrison Savannah. It is easily one of, if not the most exciting race on the card.
The race in the spotlight is the BTC Employees Handicap for three-year-old and older horses rated 70-95 and also open to horses rated 69 and below over 1 100 metres.
No fewer than six horses have outstanding claims in this race.
The Christopher Gibbs-owned Dark Knight, packing the top weight of 126 pounds, defeated the 0-145 rated sprinter in the Rotherley Construction Inc. Sprint Trophy Handicap early during the first racing season.
What makes it interesting from his perspective is that he has not raced since that victory on February 12 and has stepped up 18 pounds after that win.
Although this field is not as classy as the ones he defeated, he will find it tough but merits respect.
The Sir David Seale-owned Golden Moment ran the race of her career last start when she finished fourth in the Lost In The Fog Trophy Handicap for horses rated 115-140 over 1 100 metres.
She ran out of steam in the home stretch and providing she came away from that race sound, she is a danger.
Bill Haley and the Comics-owned Byhookorbycreek last scored at this trip when she won the Bushy Park Trophy Handicap for two-year-old importeds. She has the tactical speed and, if positioned correctly, can find herself involved at the end for the photo shot.
Lord Michael Taylor’s Pure Temptation, in his last attempt at this trip, was seen closing extremely fast in the latter stages of the Ginger Lily Handicap for horses rated 60-85.
In that race he dead-heated for third position with Fedrica. Now 11 pounds better off he will most likely get tailed off early, but could come home revs up and sirens blaring.
Senator G. Cave and S. Bynoe are hoping to have their say with their mare No Spin Zone. She beat this company before when she took the III Diamonds International MontBlanc Meisterstuck Handicap over today’s trip.
Handicapped at 111 pounds, some would say “This is suga”.
Dance The Distance has been in healthy form recently, winning two of his last three starts both over 1 570 metres. He is well stretched out and could be around at the finish.
The other runners are Cash Boy and Time D’or and they can be expected to be in the hustle early. Whether they can sustain the early gallop is questionable.
Vandross appears desperate for a lifeline, Mystical Magic has not raced for some time, while Greeley Gone West is the only maiden in the field but handicapped with the penny stamp of 108 pounds.
She might appear in the middle of the night dressed in ski mask to take the top prize.
The Kentucky Oaks 2010 winner, Blind Luck won the La Troienne Stakes at Churchill an hour or two before Plum Pretty won The Kentucky Oaks for 2011.
Pictured Pretty Plum
Peachtree Stable’s Plum Pretty proved her 25 length win last time out in the Sunland Park Oaks was no fluke, taking the lead turning for home in the $1,000,000 Kentucky Oaks (G1), opening up daylight and holding on to win by a neck. It’s the second stakes win for the 3-year-old daughter of Medaglia d’Oro, sold for $130,000 by Kirkwood Stables, Agent, at the 2010 OBS March Sale. She’s now 5-3-0-2 with earnings of $761,200.
Last year’s Kentucky Oaks winner, Mark Dedomenico LLC, John Carver, Peter Abruzzo & Jerry Hollendorfer’s champion Blind Luck, returned to Churchill Downs last Friday, and after stumbling at the start, stormed from last to first to win the $333,900 La Troienne Stakes (G2) by half a length. Fellow OBS graduate All Due Respect (March ’09, August ’08, October ’07) checked in third. It’s the first win of the year for the 4-year-old daughter of Pollard’s Vision, consigned to the 2009 OBS April Sale by Omega Farm, Agent. The 2010 champion 3-year-old filly is now 19-10-7-2 and has earned $2,679,520.
Pictured Blind Luck
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