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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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Gold Cup fever running high

DOUBLING UP: Zoom is entered for both the Sandy Lane Gold Cup and the Tanglewood Stakes and Trophy. (FP)

nationnews.com By Lindon Yarde | Wed, February 15, 2012 

Every year, Gold Cup Day has always been about the big race, the pomp and pageantry associated with the march past by the Sandy Lane majorettes to the pulsating songs of the Royal Barbados Police Force Band.

Bajans and tourists alike converge on the Garrison Savannah which is abuzz with excitement and bubbling with enthusiasm.

One race which gets the adrenalin flowing and provides very good support to the big race is the Tanglewood Stakes and Trophy.

This 2 000 metres weight for age race for West Indian-bred four-year-olds and over is usually overshadowed by the pattern event.

It does, however, expose some of the best West Indian-bred route horses. The previous nine editions have been won by Barbadian-bred horses – a testimony to the local breeding industry.

Gay Smith-owned Zoom, winner of this event in 2009 created history by becoming the first and only locally bred horse to win that race and then go on to win the prestigious Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup. The defending Gold Cup winner is once again nominated for both races.

Glaring facts

Looking in the past as well as this year’s field, one can’t help but notice two glaring facts – since the inception in 2003, when Francis Cozier’s filly Victoria Regia won, her stakes record of 2:06.3 has remained unbroken. However, the most revealing fact is that no previous Derby winner has ever won this event.

History may be in the making as Sir Charles Williams-owned filly Kendal Moon possesses one of the better records in here. Going route distances of nine furlongs and further, she has won the Barbados Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association Midsummer Creole Classic at (1 800 metres), she then took last year’s United Insurance Barbados Derby over 2 000 metres.

Kendal Moon, the daughter of Moon Solitaire, out of Zelina, then stepped up in class and had two performances of major credits – the first being her second place finish to Gold Cup winner Zoom in the BTBA Breeders’ Classic over 1 800 metres.

This was followed by a resolute fourth place behind Zoom, Show Me The Money and Apostle in the 2012 BTBA Garrison Turf Stakes over the up coming Tanglewood trip.

With three weeks of preparation ahead of her, fans could be in for an extra special treat.

Dwindling

Continuing my look at route performers, the resumes begin to dwindle. Only stablemates Captain Sully and Island Memories (two each) and Gay Smith fillies Silk N Satin and Heavenly Angle (one) have won at 1 800 metres.

Captain Sully won the 2010 Diamond International Crown Of Light Handicap for horses rated 0-65 before winning the Leave It To Me Trophy Handicap for horses rated (58-80). He failed badly in his only Tanglewood Stakes and Trophy attempt last year trailing last.

Island Memories’ two scores at the trip could not come at a more ideal time. The Anderson Ward-trained colt recorded back-to-back trumps in the Diamond International Crown Of Light Handicap for horses rated (58-80) and the (88-110) rated Rotherley Holdings Challenge Trophy Handicap. In last year’s Derby he finished fourth behind Kendal Moon.

Heavenly Angel’s lone route win came in the 2010 edition of the Diamonds International Safi Kalima Handicap. She followed that with an incredible second to Zoom in the 2011 BTBA Garrison Turf Stakes and Trophy Condition race over 2 000 metres. She has room for improvement.

Silk N Satin struck in the Dylan Thomas Handicap. She then ran the race of her career, finishing a close second to last year’s Tanglewood winner Bouncebak. She’s under-rated but has a big heart.

Sail On was second to Kendal Moon in the Derby but has shown no sign of a recovery from that effort. Dance The Distance was fourth in the 2010 Derby and he is also a useful sort.

Cinnamon Jane ran a good second to Local Speed over the trip but will have to step it up considerably. Erados and Sea Gypsy have both been moderate in routes at best and will need to improve, while Surinan has been away for a while and is trespassing in untested territory.

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Champion Jockey will ride in BTC’s fourth racing day

Charlie Heath | Barbados Advocate | Fri, 10th February2012

RACE fans are in for a treat tomorrow at the Garrison Savannah, the fourth day of the Barbados Turf Club’s first racing season for 2012, as ace jockey Patrick Husbands BSS, will be in action on Rothereley Construction Inc. Raceday.

Husbands starts the day in race one, aboard Must Be The Money. In race two he rides Verden, and follows that up in race three, on the favoured, Run For Your Money.

He takes a break in race four, and returns to ride in race five, where he rides Dancin David, who will be having his first run in Barbados, and at the same time trying to get into the Gold Cup in March. Husbands has already won on this 5-year-old at Woodbine, Canada.

In race seven he picks up the ride on Preach To Me, who will be looking
to make it two straight wins.

With Anderson Trotman, Jalon Samuel, and the inform apprentices Antonio Whitehall, and Reshawn Latchman in action, along with Patrick Husbands, the Garrison looks like the place to be, as there is sure to be plenty action! (CH)

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Indian Officer one to watch

nationnews.com | By Lindon Yarde | Fri, February 10, 2012

The main attraction on an enterprising eight-race card on the fourth day of the Barbados Turf Club’s first racing season will be the Rotherley Construction Inc. Stakes And Trophy Condition race for three-year-olds over 1 570 metres at the Garrison Savannah tomorrow.

On paper, the form suggests it should be a two-horse affair between the Joanne Parravicino and Shaun Meil-owned Indian Officer and the H&M-owned Shared Adventure.

Indian Officer has displayed fantastic form, romping to three victories from his six starts.

Those victories came in the Divine Messenger Allotted Weights over 1 100 metres followed by the Diamonds International Crown Of Light and the Boxing Day International Trophy, both condition races over 1 570 metres.

His main opposition should come from Shared Adventure, whose two victories came in the Barbados Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association Open Two-year-old Trophy and the Jim Davis, both condition races over 1 100 metres.

Both are now handicapped at 126 pounds by virtue of their two wins at tomorrow’s trip but Indian Officer has the slight advantage.

The Rotherley Construction Barbados Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association Sale Graduates Three-year-old Stakes And Trophy is also guaranteed to whet one’s appetite.

The Lord Michael Taylor-owned Verkauf headlines the field of 11 to contest this 1 100-metres event.

She has the impressive record of three wins from five starts in her brief career. While this Anderson Ward-trained filly got the job done, she has not been totally convincing when getting the score.

Stablemate Run For Your Money was a very impressive winner when taking care of the West Indian-bred unplaced horses in the Loan Ranger Condition Race Division-B over 1 000 metres. Now being asked to shoulder weight all around, he will be severely tested.

Vapour Trail comfortably took Division-A of that race and, with the increase in class and weight, she will have to find more if she’s to repeat that success.

Something Happening was a long-shot winner first time out in the Oba Dove Condition Race over 1 100 metres. The daughter of Atul out of Lively Look did not fire in her next start and will be seeking to make amends.

Capere has now gone six races since her only score. This Victor Cheeseman-trained filly has been consistent in her more recent starts as she now seems to be settling into this racing regime; further improvement is expected.

Gorgeous has been fairly consistent in all her efforts and another gallant effort can be expected.

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Blast from past | The Nation

Blast from past | The Nation

Trinidadian Emile Ramsammy makes a return to the Garrison Savannah today. (FP)

By Lindon Yarde | Sat, December 10, 2011

Racing nostalgia returns to the historic Garrison Savannah today when Trinidadian-born, Canadian-based two-time Sovereign Award-winning jockey Emile Ramsammy takes to the saddle.

Ramsammy, who is no stranger to the Garrison, has piloted Frisky Wharf (1985), Stangrave Park (1987) and Call To Account (1988) to victory in what was then the Cockspur Gold Cup.

Ramsammy, who was recently honoured in Trinidad and Tobago, comes here in riveting form, having scored three victories last Saturday at Santa Rosa Park in the US$650 000 Caribbean Nations Racing Challenge.

He will partner Atomic Bomb, Finbar, and speedy Must Be The Money in Races 2, 7 and 8.

The afternoon highlight will see the juveniles in action when colts and geldings will compete in Race 5: the Diamonds International/Mont Blanc Meisterstuck Stakes & Trophy for West Indian-bred two-year-olds over 1 000 metres.

The second half of the feature – the Diamonds International/Mont Blanc Nightflight Stakes & Trophy for West Indian bred two-year-old fillies – will see three former winners fighting it out.

The order in which they won is Capere, Verkauf and Secret Of Success, and the winner is likely to come from among them in a race which is likely to go right down to the wire.

Blue Diamond Stable-owned Verkauf trotted home in the R.L. Seale & Company Limited Trophy Allotted Weights for two-year-old maidens over 1 100 metres. In that race she left Secret Of Success in her wake.

Verkauf was then fourth in the Kathleen Taylor Memorial Condition race over 1 100 metres. She is the one they will all have to beat.

Diana Jones-owned Secret Of Success, when scoring in the Kingdora Condition race for two-year-olds over 1 100 metres, simply ran past the field that included Release Me and Southern Lights.

While they didn’t offer much competition, it was one of the most impressive two-year-old victories. She stands another excellent chance for repeat success.

Raphael Greene-owned Capere won the Kabul Allotted Weights race over 1 100 metres. On that occasion one of her victims was Secret Of Success.

While Capere has not revisited the winner’s enclosure, she has been consistent and will want to prove she is amongst the best fillies. However, the outside draw does not help.

Trainer Andrew Nunes will send out Southern Lights who has three starts against her name.

After placing third in her first outing, Southern Lights made a feeble attempt at running her opposition into the ground. Her connections will be looking for a much improved performance despite the outside berth.

Release Me, Leave A Message, Rahy Promise and Mudlark will all look to improve on their dismal showing to date, while first-time starters Finbar, Lyrical Fox and Right Move will all seek to create a favourable impression.

 

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Hat-tricks order of the day

Reshawn Latchman pushing Aston Martin (9) home to win the feature race from Divine Destiny, Chimichurri and Verkauf. (Kenmore Bynoe)

Nationnnews.com | By LINDON YARDE | Sun, September 04, 2011

JOCKEY Reshawn Latchman stole the spotlight on an entertaining ninth Barbados Turf Club’s race day at the Garrison Savannah yesterday.

After jockey Jalon Samuel started in a blaze of glory, recording one of three hat-tricks by winning the first three races, Latchman rose to the occasion.

Enjoying easily the best day of his life in the saddle, Latchman showed some of the skills he honed while based at the Woodbine race course in Canada with three magnificent masterpieces.

It all began when he took the eighth running of the feature Kathleen Taylor Memorial Stakes and Trophy Condition Race for West Indian-bred two-year-olds over 1 100 metres aboard the Mark Armstrong-owned Aston Martin.

The Victor Cheeseman-trained colt was settled off the pace set by VerKauf, Rickoshey and Chimichurri. As the field approached the home turn with the leaders tiring, Latchman then asked his charge Aston Martin for more effort, which saw them cruise to the finish line a comfortable 1 ¼ lengths winner.

Divine Destiny, with Antonio Whitehall in the irons, came from far back to take second, with Chimichurri, ridden by Anderson Trotman, taking third while the early leader Verkauf faded to be fourth under Paul Eddery.

Latchman gave further glimpses of his immense talent with a masterful pole-to-pole win on the Melrose and Clifton Racing-owned bay horse Rocamadour. They made light work of the opposition, taking the supporting feature, the Jonathan “Jono” Jones Handicap for three-year-olds and older horses rated 115-140 and for horses rated 114 and below over 1 100 metres.

Once the son of Black Mambo-Willa left the gates, the issue was beyond doubt. Second was the consistent Purr Class under Eddery.

Stablemate Rush Cutter, partnered by Jason Leacock, was third and Dark Knight with Jonathan Grant astride was fourth.

Latchman closed out the afternoon proceedings with another gem of a ride, this time aboard Giovedi in the Blast Of Storm Handicap over 1 570 metres.

The Bill and Haley Blevin-owned colt put the icing on the cake for trainer Jonathan Simpson, who continues to hold his own taking training honours as he and jockey Latchman combined to record the afternoon’s second and third hat-tricks of the card.

Simpson had earlier combined in the first race with jockey Samuel aboard Whatadeal for owner Angela Simpson as the trio took the Aimee’s Creek Handicap for West Indian-bred three-year-old non-winners of two races in their career over 1 000 metres.

Samuel then took the second race, producing Attie Joseph III and Saffie Joseph Jnr-owned Uncle Jerry with a well orchestrated ride to win the Overdraft Handicap over 1 800 metres.

Those wins were immediately followed by victory in the Not Bourbon Handicap over 1 800 metres astride Bustamante.

That race was a bittersweet moment for owner Sir Charles Williams and trainer Andrew Nunes as their chestnut gelding broke a leg after turning in his maiden victory.

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Super run

 

nationnews.com | Sun, August 21, 2011

It took a superstar to brighten up things at the Garrison Savannah yesterday.

With the inclement weather adversely affecting virtually every sport across Barbados, it was the Sport of Kings that held centre stage at the eighth day of the Barbados Turf Club’s second racing season.

Superstar, beautifully ridden by Antonio Bishop, won the feature BTBA Sprint Stakes and Trophy ahead of Vitality, with Antonio Whitehall aboard, in front of an appreciative crowd that had the last laugh on a grey, rainy day due to the effects of a tropical wave affecting the island.

The well grassed turf at the Savannah was a beauty to behold, and with cricketers sitting around in pavilions as their matches were rained out or severely delayed, the stewards at the Garrison never even had to make a cautionary inspection.

In this Kenmore Bynoe photo, Superstar is powering to victory ahead of Vitality yesterday.

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