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Ward – by a long way

Ward – by a long way

New champion trainer Anderson Ward. (FP)

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.

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Istanbul the favourite horse

nationnew.com | By Lindon Yarde | Sat, April 16, 2011 – 12:01 AM

 

These horses pound the sand track during exercise at the Garrison Savannah. (FP)

 

All systems are set.The horses are fighting fit and in fantastic form; all looking to capture the 61st Barbados Guineas. 

The first jewel the Barbados Triple Crown, an event for West Indian-bred three-year-olds over 1 570 metres at allotted weights, is the premier race today at the Garrison Savannah. 

Twelve of the finest three-year-olds in training will vie for honours in Race 7 on this eight-race card. 

Despite the encouraging and sublime form of all entered it certainly has the makings of atwo-horse affair, at least on paper. 

The incredible colt owned by Lord Michael Taylor – Istanbul – looks set to eyeball Sir Charles Williams’ feisty filly Kendal Moon for the top prize. 

Istanbul, with the most decorative resume of six wins from ten starts, has defeated the leading contenders here and once again looks invincible. 

Noticeably he touched off Kendal Moon by a neck when they met in the Guardian General Insurance Breeders’ Stakes and Trophy over today’s trip. Another win here will confirm it was no fluke.

Kendal Moon tasted defeat at the hands of Istanbul but it was an extremely gallant effort that could have gone either way with a little more luck. 

Going here she is lightly raced and has fresh legs. Additionally, Kendal Moon’s first-call rider Trotman has elected to stay with her. 

Lord Michael Taylor and trainer Anderson Ward have four other entrants, to complete a record five-pronged attack in this classic. 

Reprise will lead the back-up contingent after her maiden victory in the Diamond International Mont Blanc Doue condition race over 1 570. She was then beaten into third place behind   Istanbul and Kendal Moon. It will take something very special for her to reverse positions.

On form, Vitality and stablemate Island Memories look evenly matched especially since Vitality turned the tables on Island Memories when they last met in the Michael Parravicino Memorial Hopeful Breeders’ Stakes and Trophy, also at today’s trip.

These two could battle once again for the minor positions. The final entrant for Blue Diamonds Stables – Must Be The Money – could find himself out front doing rabbit work as his form is the least enticing.

Sir Charles’ second runner, the fleet-footed Slip Stream, is expected to make it hot up front. A repeat of her last race day performance will not come as a surprise all things being equal.

In that race the Realtors Limited Trophy condition race over 1 100 metres, she sped from the gates but ran out of steam in the homestretch. Slip Stream, very much like Must Be The Money, could wind up doing job work. 

The field is complemented by Jack Is Back, Verizon, Wingman, Ocean Pride and Sweet Bottom Suzy – all worthy opponents despite venturing into the lion’s den. 

My Picks:
Race 1: Atomic Bomb; Race 2: Uncle Jerry; Race 3: Byhookorbycreek; Race 4: Whatadeal; Race 5: Charge It; Race 6: Unreal; Race 7: Kendal Moon; Race 8: Slammin N Jammin.

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3-year-olds take Garrison spotlight

By Lindon Yarde | Sat, April 02, 2011 | www.nationnews.com

Barbadian-bred three-year-olds take centre stage at the Garrison Savannah today when they clash in the feature – the Michael Parravicino Memorial Hopeful Breeders’ Stakes and Trophy over 1 570 metres.

The Realtors Limited-sponsored race day will see the colts and geldings carrying 126 pounds, while the fillies take 121 pounds.

Race seven on the card promises to be action-packed and should be a nail-biter.

The Lord Michael Taylor-owned and Anderson Ward trained trio of Island Memories, Vitality and Istanbul will be seeking the top three positions for the barn. This trio have already proven themselves at this distance.

Partnered by budding apprentice Kyle Carter, Istanbul, with a never-say-die attitude, seeks to make it four wins on the trot.

His peers suffered at the tape in the Diamonds International MontBlanc Bonus Challenge Stakes and Trophy and the Guardian General Insurance Breeders’ Stakes and Trophy, both races over 1 570 metres.

With career statistics of five wins from nine starts, he will prove a tough nut to crack.

Stablemate  Vitality  is also after a four timer. his main accomplishment to date is his maiden victory in the III Diamonds International Mont Blanc Doue Condition Race Division A over 1 570 metres. Blue Diamonds Stables go to rider Jalon Samuel on the impressive colt, which will make this race even more interesting.

Jason Leacock jumps aboard Island Memories, winner of William Bill Marshall Memorial two-year-old Creole Classic Stakes and Trophy  over 1 570 metres last time out. Island Memories has gotten the better of the exchanges with Vitality but has been on the receiving end from Istanbul.

He will have to improve to get the victory.  The eventual winner from these three could come down to who gets the better ride.

Jane Girls-owned Cinnamon Jane recorded an impressive victory in the Treehouse Club Trophy handicap division B over 1 100 metres. The daughter of Gold Cup winner Thady Quill is bred to go the distance and should not be left out.

Joycies Boys-owned filly Nile Queen made light work of her opponents in the Eustace “Tinnings” Jordan Memorial condition race over 1 100 metres. She will however be required to find more if she’s to get the victory for the Kendal stables.

Danehill Racing-owned Lune De Barachois is also a worthy contender for this race. Her best performance at this trip to date was a third place finish behind Island Memories and Vitality in the William “Bill” Marshall Memorial two-year-old Creole Classic Stakes and Trophy.

After several tries, Francis Cozier-owned Victoria Belle is still a maiden. This company may prove to be a bit challenging for her. Gay Smith-owned Angelic Peace is still learning the game and looks in deep water here.

Little is known of the Aysha Syndicate’s Captain Apache.

This bay colt by Captain Charlie failed to impress in his only outing on Boxing Day. Therefore it will take divine intervention as he tries to go from cottage to castle against this well tuned company.

My Picks:

1: Boo

2: Bond Street

3: Lady Patrick

4: Double Dagger

5: Slip Stream

6: Janaki

7: Vitality

8: Zegar

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JALON SAMUEL STEALS THE SHOW AT THIS YEAR’S FINAL RACE DAY

JALON SAMUEL STEALS THE SHOW AT THIS YEAR’S FINAL RACE DAY

December 28, 2010 by Charlie Health

The Barbados Turf Club could not have hoped for a better days racing to bring down the curtains on the 2010 season. There were many things factored in to make it a day to remember, starting with the West Indian bred 2-year-old fillies battling against the colts and gelding, going 1570 metres, in the final of the Diamonds International/ Montblanc Bonus Challenge Stakes & Trophy.

The flying filly Slip Stream, who dominated the sprint distances was going 1570 metres for the first time, and the question to be answered was if she could get the distance, especially against such colts as Istambul, Island Memories and Must Be In The Money.

Then there was the Victor Chandler Stakes & Trophy, going 1570, where the best of the creoles were coming up against the imported horses. In addition, the Jockey Title for the year was up for grabs with Anderson Trotman going into the day on 34 wins, one ahead of apprentice Jalon Samuel, who was on 33. The two were also in a battle for the title for the season, as they were both locked on seven wins.

Added to this was the battle for the 2010 Trainers Title. Naz Issa went into the day with his horses earning $462,399 while Andrew Nunes was close on his heels with earnings of $442,677, a lead of $19,722, and for Nunes to win, he would have to saddle the winner of the lucrative Victor Chandler Stakes & Trophy.

Still another battle was on between the trainers for the title of the season, this time between Anderson Ward who only this year hung up his boots, and took out a trainers license, and the seasoned Andrew Nunes. Ward was going in with a $38,927 lead over Nunes. For the trainers title by wins, Ward was going in with eight wins, and Nunes with seven.

There was also a carryover superfecta of $3,500 going into race eight, and a carryover of $1,500 in the days pick 4 wager. Who could ask for more?

The first feature run off was the Diamonds International/ Montblanc Bonus Challenge Stakes and Trophy, and it was the Sir Charles Williams speedy filly Slip Stream, trained by Andrew Nunes and ridden by Anderson Trotman who tried to make all the running, but Jalon Samuel on the Lord Michael Taylor owned, Must Be In The Money, would not give her any breathing room, and kept on her heels. Turning for home she started to feel the pressure and began to back pedal, while Must Be In Te Money was also starting to come up short, and at the same time the Lord Michael Taylor, Andy Ward trained pair of Istanbul, and Island Memories with Kyle Carter and Renaldo Cumberbatch were in full flight and they went on to finish first and second respectively. Must Be In The Money held on for third, giving Lord Michael Taylor and Any Ward a one-two-three finish, while Jack Is Back finished fourth.

In the Victor Chandler Stakes & Trophy, Apostle and Areutalkiintome were out of the gates quickly, but were immediately joined by Charge It.

These three contested the lead until Anderson Trotman on the Amanda Marshall-Way & Helen Spencer owned Mingun Temple, trained by Andrew Nunes, came from off the pace to pick up the running, and go on to a very easy victory. The Gay Smith owned, Zoom, trained by Edward Walcott Jnr, and ridden by Renaldo Cumberbatch, ran a beauty of a race to take second place. The Sir David Seale owned John Brian, trained by Elizabeth ‘Liz’ Deane, and ridden by Ricky Walcott, came from a long was back to finish third, while Bipin was fourth.

However, the day belonged to apprentice jockey Jalon Samuel, who only two months ago turned seventeen. He rode with the confidence and skill of a jockey much older than his age. He landed four winners on the day, starting in race two when winning on Vitality, he then won the third race with Reprise, and followed that up by winning the next race on Daga, and he then put the icing on the cake by winning race eight on Zaltarr, which gave have not only the jockey title of the year, but also the apprentice title of the year. Added to that he also ended up winning the jockey title of the season.

Only two years ago Samuel was issued an apprentice license, and already he is left with only one win to become a full jockey. Trainer Andrew Nunes looking for his first trainers title in Barbados, came up big time, when winning with Mingun Temple, as it was that win that put him ahead of Naz Issa, and gave him the 2010 Trainers Title.

Trainer Andy Ward not only had a good day yesterday, saddling four winners, but he also had an outstanding season winning both the trainers title by wins, and by earnings for the third season.

Lord Michael Taylor also had an outstanding day yesterday, winning four races, and ended up as Champion Owner for 2010.

Sir Charles Williams easily took the title as Champion Breeder, as he ended the year way ahead of any of the other breeders.

The 2011 season gets underway on Saturday January 8.

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Exciting racing on card today

By Lindon Yarde | Mon, December 27, 2010

Last race-day winner Must be the Money (at far left). Must be the Money will be in action again today at the Garrison Savannah. (HW)

Expect racing conditions to be on the soft side at the Garrison Savannah today, after the unseasonal rains that have drenched the island since Friday afternoon.

When the final edition of the Diamonds International MontBlanc race day runs off from 1 p.m., fans should be provided with thrills galore. The fifth and final day of the Barbados Turf Club third season is set to climax with a number of duels that all comers will fully enjoy.

The race for trainer of the year is intriguingly poised. Trainer Anderson Ward heads the table for the third season ahead of Andrew Nunes. however, it is the overall title that is the real prize at stake.

The Jamaican born Nunes has his eyes set trying to win more than the third season championship, as he is the only trainer within striking distance of long time leader Naz Issa.

At the start of the third season the trainers’ championship seemed a foregone conclusion, as trainer Issa was $93 137 ahead of Nunes in earnings; and for those who are not too familiar with the criterion, this championship is decided by earnings and not wins.

Nunes closed the gap during the ongoing final season by raking in $122 234 in earnings, compared to Issa’s mere $37 809.

Issa was dominant with his inseparable pair of fillies in Leave It To Me and Amanyara, both of whom tormented their peers. He has now become a stranger to the winners’ enclosure, winning only twice this season.

Those wins were with Slammin ’N Jammin in the Diamonds International Mont Blanc Virginia Wolf handicap over 1 100 metres, and Dance The Distance who won the Diamonds International Safi Kalmia handicap over 1 570 metres.

Nunes on the other hand has found winners’ enclosure at a commendable rate, scoring seven victories for the same period.

Nunes’ charges were able to score in big races during the third season, with his fillies Kendal Moon and Slip Stream  taking two editions of the Diamonds International Mont Blanc La Boheme Ladies Stakes and Trophy condition races over 1 000 metres and 1 100 metres, respectively.

He then scored in the top-rated class with the crowd favourite Apostle, when taking the Diamonds International Mont Blanc Meistestruck Handicap over 1 800 metres.

Going into today’s final day, Issa will be represented by nine starters, with his best offerings being Dance The Distance, Slammin N Jammin and Habibti in races one, six and eight respectively.

The top trainer  will be sending out 11 starters, and will have high hopes for Jamaica Quill, Slip Stream, Apostle, and Summer Star in races three, five, eight and nine respectively. Wins will be needed if he is to claim his first trainers’ championship, and cap a sensational year for him.

In the jockeys’ race there will be no room for error, as Anderson Trotman finds himself with a challenger in Jalon Samuels. The youthful and exuberant Samuels will throw down one final effort.

Locked in battle all year, this championship will go down to the wire, and these two contracted riders have both booked full cards for two of the most powerful yards at the track. Those stables being Sir Charles Williams-owned Kendal racing (Trotman), and Lord Michael Taylor-owned Blue Diamonds stables (Samuel).

Trotman, who is leading by one win will fancy his chances on Jamaica Quill, Nomoreginrog, Slip Stream, Spellbound, and Summer Star in races three, four, five, six and nine, respectively. Experience could prove the deciding factor as Trotman is battle hardened.

On the other hand, Samuel’s best chances are Vitality, Must Be The Money, Run Alke Run and Zaltarr in races two, five, six and eight, respectively.

If he wins the championship, he will join an elite group that achieved the feat recently while still being apprentices. That list includes Anderson Trotman, Juan Crawford and Ricardo Hibbert to name a few.

Ironically, Samuels is also just five wins away from losing his apprenticeship, a most remarkable achievement, at a fantastic rate. You wouldn’t want to miss this action packed race day

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Tough field for Mont Blanc

By Lindon Yarde | Fri, December 24, 2010

The Diamonds International Mont Blanc Bonus Challenge Stakes and Trophy (Gr-1) for West Indian-bred two-year-olds over 1 570 metres, promises to be a thriller, as the year’s horse racing programme ends on Monday, with the Boxing Day card.

Finding the winner in this event could prove to be quite difficult, as no fewer than four of the nine entered have a fantastic chance, with very little to choose between them.

The colts and geldings carry 126 pounds, while the fillies take 121 pounds.

A leading contender is filly Slip Stream, with her imperious record of four wins from five starts for owners Sir Charles and Lady Williams.

Slip Stream has been impressive in her victories,  in the Elliott Williams Memorial Juvenile Breeders’ Championship Stakes and Trophy over 1 100 metres, the Hallway Feeds Foundation Cubes Trophy condition race 1 000 metres, the R.L. Seale and Company Limited Trophy Conditions race, and the second leg of the Diamonds International Mont Blanc La Boheme Female Challenge Stakes and Trophy both over 1 100 metres.

Her record speaks for itself, but she has shown blinding speed in all her starts, and that has left some questioning whether or not 1 570 metres will be an ideal distance.

However, her sire Federico was a Sandy Lane Gold Cup winner which supports her getting the trip.

Lord Michael Taylor-owned horses have been dominant in both editions of the colts and geldings features in this series, and against the fillies he will no doubt fancy his chances.

Strength in numbers is the key for trainer Anderson Ward, whose horses are in top form at the moment.  He trains Must Be The Money, who was impressive when scoring his maiden victory in the first leg of the Diamond International Mont Blanc Star Walker Gents Stakes and Trophy Conditions race over 1 000 metres.

Significantly Blue Diamonds Stables go-to rider Jalon Samuel has elected to stay with Must Be The Money with young Samuels eyeing the jockeys championship this combination chances are impeccable.

Stablemate Island Memories won the William “Bill” Marshall Memorial two-year-old Creole Classic Stakes and Trophy over 1570 metres, and is expected  to go well.

Istanbul put in a good effort last start, when just holding off Island Memories, to score his third victory from seven starts.

Istanbul fell in his only attempt at this 1570 trip when going nicely and must stand a good chance of scoring a repeat victory.

Danehill Racing’s Lune De Barachois will also benefit from a return to this trip after finishing a gallant second to Slip Stream in the second leg of the Diamonds International Mont Blanc La Boheme Ladies Stakes and Trophy for West Indian bred two-year- olds over 1 100 metres. She will surely be tested here and might find this company too much at this stage.

My Picks

Race 1: Local Speed

Race 2: Vitality

Race 3: Fernandina

Race 4: Byhookorbycreek

Race 5: Slip Stream

Race 6: Run Alke Run

Race 7: Areyoutalkintome

Race 8: Super Dancer

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