Jockey Reshawn Latchman pushing favourite Aston Martin across the finish line to win the BTBA Breeders Stakes and Trophy. (Kenmore Bynoe)
nationnews.com | By Lindon Yarde | Sun, January 22, 2012
BLANKET FINISHES were the order of the day on Errol Barrow Day bank holiday at the Garrison Savannah, yesterday.
When the curtain came down on the Barbados Turf Club’s second day of the first racing season, this island’s top three creoles – Apostle, Show Me The Money and Zoom – had exploded in a dramatic finish.
On the good to soft track, last year’s Gold Cup winner Zoom sent a warning to challengers interested in capturing the 2012 Gold Cup he would be no pushover.
Superbly ridden by regular pilot Antonio Bishop, the Gay Smith-owned gelding captured the Barbados Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association Garrison Turf Stakes and Trophy Condition race over 2 000 metres.
The son of Super Jeblar out of Flying Dove, trained by Edward Walcott Jr, recorded his third triumph in this event in the last four years by defeating more fancied Show Me The Money and Apostle.
At the start, Apostle led Show Me The Money, Silk N Satin, Zoom, Sea Gypsy, Kendal Moon and Leave It To Me, in that order. Fractions of 26.4, 50.1, 1:17.1 and 1:44.1 proved too stiff for any horse rated under 100 as the big trio moved ahead going to the three-furlong marker.
Clearly a three-horse race to the finish, Apostle was the first to give way mid-stretch, leaving Show Me The Money and Zoom to duel to the finish.
Zoom prevailed on the outside, much to the delight of his jockey Bishop, who punched the air in celebration as they stopped the clock at 2:09.4.
Under jockey Paul Eddery, Show Me The Money was second. Apostle, partnered by Jalon Samuel, was third, with Kendal Moon and Jonathon Grant back in fourth position.
Easily the most loved juvenile in Barbados, Aston Martin simply blew away his competition in the Barbados Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association Breeders’ Stakes and Trophy over 1 570 metres.
Armchair pilot Reshaun Latchman settled the Mark Armstrong-owned and Victor Cheeseman-trained colt at the back of the field early on. Latchman pressed the go button at the three-furlong pole and with the issue never in doubt, Aston Martin speed past his Barbados-bred three-year-old rivals to claim the 1 570 metres event.
Galaxy, under Bishop continues to improve, getting up for second place. Capere, ridden by Kyle Carter, who had earlier contested the lead with early pace-setter Rickoshey, held on spiritedly for third while Rickoshey and jockey Paul Eddery faded to fourth.
Arguably the afternoon’s most exciting finish came in the Ichi Ban Handicap for four-year-old and older horses rated 105-130 and also open to horses rated 104 and below over 1 100 metres. Locked in battle at the top of the home stretch, the Sir David Seale-owned horse Preach To Me got up in a tremendous driving finish to deny Erados with Bishop aboard.
With a slender lead, Erados seemed to have it won but Preach To Me found that little extra to get the victory. Peaceful Envoy, with Samuel up, took third, with Dark Knight and jockey Anderson Trotman finishing fourth.
Jockey Antonio Whitehall was the star of the day as he recorded four winners – Between The Sheiks, Vapour Trail, Shared Adventure and Boo, in that order.
highly favoured: Aston Martin (left) with Reshawn Latchman on board) is tipped to win today’s feature race. (Kenmore Bynoe)
nationnews.com | By Lindon Yarde | Sat, January 21, 2012
Aston Martin will open his 2012 campaign when he meets eight rivals in today’s feature event – the Barbados Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association Breeders’ Stakes & Trophy – at 3:35 p.m.
The Mark Armstrong-owned, Victor Cheeseman-trained colt will be looking to make it two wins on the trot at the Garrison Savannah in Race 7 on the ten-race card. This Grade II event for Barbados-bred three-year-olds goes over 1 570 metres.
Already the people’s favourite, Aston Martin romped to a one-and-a-half length victory over this bunch in the Diamonds International MontBlanc Challenge Series & Stakes at the same trip.
A repeat of that performance looks very much on the cards as the son of Carpe Dien-Rosie Red Bear continues to improve.
His main challenges should come from Dipitinmoney, Rickoshey, Capere and Galaxy.
After two convincing victories, Blue Diamond Stable-owned Dipitinmoney was largely disappointing when she failed to find a place in the above-mentioned race won by Aston Martin.
Now drawn on the outside, she will be looking to make amends but it won’t be an easy task.
Stable mate Rickoshey, after his maiden triumph in the Diamond International MontBlanc Meisterstuck Stakes & Trophy over 1 000 metres, ran an enterprising second to Aston Martin.
That being his first attempt at 1 570 metres, one can expect another gallant effort from this colt who hails from champion trainer Anderson Ward’s barn.
Galaxy, owned by Gay Smith, has run well in his two starts to date, placing fourth on debut to Dipitinmoney in the New Castle Trophy Condition race over 1 570 metres where he was beaten by only three-and-a-quarter lengths.
Trainer Edward Walcott Jr then entered him in the Diamond International Gift Condition race where he recorded a length-and-a-half victory.
With further improvement on the card, the son of Thady Quill-Peace Angel should give another good account.
Another Victor Cheeseman-trained horse that has been impressive lately is the Raphael Green-owned Capere.
Although her lone victory when she coasted home in the Kabul Allotted Weights Race over 1 000 metres now seems eons ago, her most recent efforts have offered inspiration.
First, she was a courageous third to Aston Martin in the Diamonds International MontBlanc Challenge Series & Trophy. She then lost by a neck to Verkauf in the 2011 Sales Graduates Futurity Condition race for two-year-olds over
1 100 metres, and those efforts are sufficient to keep her an honest threat.
Trainer Nunes’ charge Gorgeous has shown some promise from her previous outings, having recorded two seconds and a third place as her best efforts. Going the extra distance, she will need to find plenty more.
The Christopher Gibbs-owned Leave A Message looked promising on debut but seems in need of more time to get on par.
The other runner Cane Cutter, out of Blue Diamonds Stable, has not shown anything to recommend her.
ARIMA – Teenage Barbadian apprentice jockey Antonio Whitehall lit up Santa Rosa Park over the weekend.
Whitehall logged a trio of wins for veteran owner/trainer Harold Chadeeon on the eight-race card during the lull in action at his home track, the Garrison Savannah in Barbados.
Whitehall opened his account in the very first race of the day worth just over US$3 300 aboard eight-year-old bay mare Angelica Jane, who completed the 1 200-metre sprint in one minute, 16.2 seconds, finishing 1¾ lengths ahead of the field.
Whitehall had to wait until the US$5 500 sixth race for his second success, when he took the four-year-old bay colt Smart American to his second straight victory in a 1 100m sprint. The pair dismissed the field by 2¾ lengths in 1 min, 07.3 secs.
Whitehall completed his day’s work with a 3½-length victory on the three-year-old chestnut filly It Got To Be Me over 1 100 metres.
He survived an enquiry in the stewards’ room before being awarded the victory, which was completed in 1:06.3. (CMC)
Gold Cup fever is in the air, and it begins with the arrival of one of one of the overseas entrants in Cavaichi, this 2008 Dk B/g by Fusaichi Pegasus ex Houston Tune has campaigned @ Woodbine Racetrack under Trainer Robert Peirce and has to date 2 wins, 3 seconds and 2 thirds from 11 starts for earnings of US$64,555, possibly he wll have his first work out on Sat Jan 14, 2012 in the morning. We all wish him and his connections good luck as they go for gold on the 1st Sat in Mar 2012.
By Lindon Yarde | Wed, January 04, 2012 | nationnews.com
Last year, Anderson Ward did to the trainers what he has done to jockeys for some time: head straight to the front and never look back.
Once the toast of the Garrison from the saddle, Ward became the fourth champion trainer in as many years.
Since gaining his trainer’s licence in March 2010, Ward has established himself among the best trainers in the land.
The handler of the Blue Diamond Stable ensures his charges are always immaculately turned out and looking the picture of health.
Year review: Statistics for the year shows that Ward, a 17 per cent winning trainer, sent out 190 runners with returns of 32-19-26-21 and earnings of $715 990.
Ward’s stellar year began with the capture of the Coolmore Home Of Champions Stakes & Trophy over 1 800 metres with the mare Bouncebak.
Next was the Guardian General Stakes and Trophy for three-year-olds over 1 570 metres with Istanbul.
Following was the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company Trophy over 1 570 metres with the imperious Daga, who won four of her five starts last year.
Ward’s other major triumphs were the T.A. Tommy Peirce Memorial Stakes & Trophy and the Victor Chandler Stakes & Trophy for the top rated horses 0-145 both races over 1 570 metres with Show Me The Money.
Apart from Daga his other famous runners were Captain Sully (4), Bouncebak (4), Istanbul and Vitality (3) all of whom kept the stable’s flag afloat.
Third season returns: In the just-concluded season, Ward sent out 41 runners and earned $151 570 from eight wins, five seconds, three thirds, and six fourth-place finishes.
Not even an outbreak of equine cough could stop his dominance.
Defending champion Andrew Nunes, also a 17 percentage winning trainer, was always trying to close the gap both by earnings and in wins.
In the end, he had to settle for second place with year statistics of 20-16-14-13 from 117 runners who earned $460 615.
Nunes’s main weapon was his three-year old filly Kendal Moon who recorded a hat-trick of major events: the Barbados Fillies Guineas (1 570m), Barbados Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association Midsummer Creole Classic (1 800m) and the United Insurance Barbados Derby (2 000m).
Third season returns: Nunes took fourth spot in the third season with a 1-6-2-1 record from 23 runners who earned $80 335.
Edward Walcott Jnr, with a win percentage of 15, maintained his third place in the yearly standings.
His stocks earned $396 773, decorated by 16-14-8-7 from his 105 runners.
Zoom confirmed his status as Springhead’s best horse in training with four victories including in the Sandy Lane Gold Cup.
Third season returns: Walcott Jnr captured third position with statistics of 5-2-3-3 from 23 runners all earning $80 946.
Victor Cheeseman, with a win percentage of 12, had a memorable 2011. His charges continued to perform the very same high level as the second season, enabling him to capture the critical fourth spot. Cheeseman’s yearly statistics reveals earnings of $256 620, made up of 16-15-14-13 from 132 runners.
Third season returns: Cheeseman, with statistics of 5-4-3-8 from 31 runners and earnings of $108 173, continued his good form and finished second in that just concluded season.
Anderson Trotman pushing Lady Quill to one of her victories last year. (Picture by Kenmore Bynoe.)
By Lindon Yarde | Wed, January 04, 2012 | nationnews.com
The 2011 Jockeys’ Championship appeared poised for a great finish going into the final day, with runaway leaders Jalon Samuel and Anderson Trotman locked on 31 wins each.
The equation heavily favoured the challenger Trotman, who had more second-place finishes.
At the conclusion of Race 10, both riders were winless on the card which meant that Trotman had secured another riding title.
Their performance on the day epitomized the sub-standard third season they had as they mustered in three victories from 53 rides between them.
This title gave Trotman an unprecedented sixth riding title in Barbados. He had won titles back in 1995, 1996, 2004, 2005 and 2007.
His partnership with owner Sir Charles Williams and trainer Andrew Nunes has once more proven very profitable.
The hard graft he put in rewarded him with yearly figures of 31-25-21-14 from 146 rides and earnings of $556 392 and a win percentage of 21.
Trotman found the going rough in the third season when the trainers had plenty options.
He was at his best during the first two seasons and that was enough to seal the deal for him.
His main players were the three-year-old filly Kendal Moon who landed the Midsummer Creole Classic over 1 800 metres, the United Insurance Barbados Derby over 2 000 metres and Apostle, which won the Val Gale Cup for the top-rated horses (118-140) over 1 800 metres.
He also won four races on the imported three-year-old Nomoreginrog.
Third season returns: Position: Unplaced with 1-8-6-2 from 29 rides all earning $97 195.
Last year’s champion Samuel was denied a repeat success as he failed to break the deadlock with Trotman.
The 22 percentage winning rider had yearly statistics of 31-18-18-24 from 142 mounts and earnings of $509 786.
Samuel’s major success was winning the Cool More Home Of Champions Stakes & Trophy and the Tanglewood Stakes & Trophy over 1 800 and 2 000 metres respectively with Bouncebak.
He endured his worst season ever during the just concluded third season.
Third season returns: Position: Unplaced with 2-3-2-6 from 24 mounts all earning $39 150.
Antonio Bishop rocketed himself into the third position in the overall standings. His winning percentage of 16 coupled with consistent performances ensured he would lose his apprenticeship on the last day of the third season.
From 107 mounts, his statistics were 17-15-12-14 with earnings of $397 803.
Apart from gleefully accepting the Sandy Lane Gold Cup victory his main accomplishment would have been him be crowned champion apprentice for 2011.
His victory aboard Zoom in the Barbados Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association Breeders’ Classic over 1 800 metres would also be a standout.
Third season returns: Position: Third with 5-2-3-4 from 22 mounts earnings of $89 387.
Reshaun Latchman, after a late start to the year, displayed much improved skills and was richly rewarded with fourth place finish in the overall championship.
He was one of two riders to distinguish themselves in the third season, the other being Paul Eddery.
The 18 percentage winning rider accumulated year figures of 13-11-13-4 from 72 mounts which earned $221 594.
Latchman landed two triple victories during the third season. On Day 3, he scored with Indian Officer, Jusanotheropinion and Desert Orchid and wrapped up the year with his second treble aboard Indian Officer, Aston Martin and Giovedi.
Third season returns: Position: Second with 6-6-4-5 from 30 mounts and earnings of $128 058.
Surprise! surprise! The third racing season crowned a new and different season champion in Irish-born Paul Eddery, who won his first season title in Barbados.
Riding predominantly for Blue Diamond Stable, the veteran took the third season honours with seven wins, three seconds, one third and three fourth-place finishes from 33 mounts which have all combined to earn $88 075.
Eddery started the year in late April but despite the incredible season he failed to break into the top four of the year.
Kendal Moon showed she is pure class in winning yesterday’s feature Diamonds International/Montblanc Meisterstuck (Handicap) at the Garrison Savannah. Jockey Jonathan Grant was in the saddle for the winning ride and the pair are seen here in front of the grand stand after the race with trainer Andrew Nunes (second right) and a supporter.
Charlie Heath | 1/3/2012 | Barbados Advocate
The Sir Charles Williams owned and bred 4-year-old bay filly, Kendal Moon, showed what a classy filly she is, when she won yesterday’s feature Diamonds International/Montblanc Meisterstuck (Handicap) at the Garrison Savannah.
The Andrew Nunes trained filly, last year won the last two jewels of the triple crown, the Midsummer Classic and the United Insurance Barbados Derby. Racing against the older horses yesterday at the Garrison Savannah, on the first day of the Barbados Turf Clubs first racing season, she showed that she will be a force to be reckoned with as a 4-year-old.
Leaving the gate, Jonathan Grant was content to keep Kendal Moon, just off the torrid pace being set by Preach To Me, Charge It, and Indanger. It was not until approaching the two furlong marker that Grant asked the filly to get closer to the leaders, and by the time they straightened up for home, the filly quickened beautifully, to go on and win from the Daniel & Martin Reizman owned, Roger Parravicino trained, Indanger, with Antonio Bishop in the irons. It was also a great run from the 5-year-old Indanger, as he was on the pace from the off. Third was the Christopher Gibbs owned Ring Time, who was out paced early, and came with a late run from way off the pace, with Antonio Whitehall. Fusaichi Ridge finished fourth.
The Diamonds International/Montblanc Tribute (Condition Race) for West Indian Bred 2-year-olds, (At the time of entry), going 1100 metres, was won by Finbar, owned by Jerry Alleyne, trained by Ken Stanton, and ridden by Antonio Bishop. Finbar, was the only horse in the race that had faced the starter before. He broke from the gate smartly, and did exactly what was expected of him, and that was to improve his position. He ran out an easy winner, and showed that he will be one to watch in the future. The Aysha Syndicate owned, Iamsogroovy, trained by Stephen Bynoe, and ridden by Reshawn Latchman, ran on well to finish second, while the Lord Michael Taylor owned, Verden, trained by Andy Ward and ridden by Paul Eddery was third, with Water Moon fourth.
The 2-year-olds of 2011 Sales Graduates Futurity (Condition Race), for Barbados Bred 2-year-olds (At time of Entry) going 1100 metres, was won by the Lord Michael Taylor owned, Andy Ward trained Verkauf, bred by Bruce Bailey.
Paul Eddery wasted no time in putting Verkauf to the front, and as hard as Kyle Carter, on the Raphael Green, Victor Cheeseman trained Capere tried, there was no catching Verkauf, and Capere had to settle for second. The Lady Williams owned, Gorgeous, trained by Andrew Nunes with Jonathan Grant in the saddle was third, and Mudlark finished fourth.
Jalon Samuel was the only jockey to land two winners on the card.
Racing continues on Errol Barrow Day, Saturday January 21. (CH)