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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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Victory for Vincero

Anderson Trotman and A.P. Vincero taking Race 6 from Jalon Samuel and Shared Adventure. (Picture by Kenmore Bynoe.)

nationnews.com | By Lindon Yarde | Sun, February 12, 2012

A.P. Vincero, confidently ridden by jockey Anderson Trotman, won yesterday’s feature race at the Garrison Savannah for owners Luther G. Miller III and wife Suzan Miller.

On the Rotherley Construction Inc.-sponsored race card, the Victor Cheeseman-trained colt turned back the two favourites, Shared Adventure with Jalon Samuel up and Indian Officer with Reshaun Latchman, who finished in that order.

A.P. Vincero, who was winning for the first time, joined the early leader Shared Adventure at the two-furlong marker to contest the lead.

Entering the home turn, A.P. Vincero, the recipient of seven pounds, won the battle easily. Late Bid under Jonathon Grant took fourth position.

Before another good crowd, several horses nominated for the three big races next race day held centre stage, and in the good conditions, Blue Diamond Stables made the most of the last chance to get their charges ready.

Owner Lord Michael Taylor and champion trainer Anderson Ward were the toast of the Savannah with three victories, including two one-two finishes in the supporting features.

Island Memories, brilliantly ridden by Reshaun Latchman and Captain Sully, ridden by Jalon Samuel, were the first two home in the Rotherley Holdings Inc. Challenge Trophy Handicap for four-year-old and older horses rated 88-110 and also open to horses rated 87 and below over 1 800 metres.

After battling early with Captain Sully, the much talked about Dancin David finished out of the money, as Dance The Distance under Antonio Whitehall and Silk N Satin ridden by Antonio Bishop ran past him to collect the third and fourth spots.

Gold Cup selectee Dancin David set the early pace but came under severe pressure at the three-furlong marker before packing it in. Island Memories, who came from one before last, stopped the clocked in a laboured 1:54.3.

Two races later in the speed fest, the white with royal blue diamond colours with royal blue sleeves and scarlet cap proved invincible again, with Vitality under Kyle Carter and Run Alke Run partnered by Chris Husbands.

The pair finished one-two in Race 7 – the Rotherley Construction Inc. Sprint Trophy Handicap for three-year-old and older horses rated 115-140 and also open to horses rated 114 and below over 1 100 metres.

Run Alke Run stormed to the lead from Vitality, Istanbul, Greeley Gone West, Erados and Janaki. The order remained unchanged as the speedsters put their feet to the ground, making it difficult for would-be closers.

Run Alke Run brought the field into the homestretch looking all over a winner. However, Carter produced Vitality on the outside and with nerves of steel, guided the son of Zwick out of Vital Statistix home without breaking a sweat.

The Blue Diamond Stable’s other winner was Must Be The Money, smartly ridden by Patrick Husbands in the opening event the Vuemont Trophy Handicap for four-year-old and older horses rated 53-75 and also open to horses rated 52 and below over 1 800 metres.

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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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Cup is Here

(Picture by Kenmore Bynoe.)

Sat, February 04, 2012 – 12:05 AM

At precisely 3:45 p.m. yesterday British Airways Flight 2155 landed at Grantley Adams International Airport carrying the prestigious Sandy Lane Gold Cup – the coveted prize for the 31st running of the southern Caribbean’s most famous horse race, slated for March 3 at the historic Garrison Savannah.

Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy (right) was also acting as Minister of Sports when he received the trophy along with Robert Logan (centre), general manager of Sandy Lane, from BA Captain Joe Kelliher.

Sealy thanked Sandy Lane for sponsoring the race for the past 16 years and he welcomed the return of Trinidad and Tobago entrants. Last year 36 000 Trinidadians visited Barbados, with the majority following sporting or cultural activities.

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Three wins for Bajan jockey

CMC | Wed, January 18, 2012

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)

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Racing season kicks off Monday

Racing season kicks off Monday


By Lindon Yarde | Fri, December 30, 2011 | nationnews.com

The Barbados Turf Club starts its 2012 programme with the II Diamonds International MontBlanc race day, on Monday at the Garrison Savannah with eight races from 1 p.m.

Race 2, the Diamonds International/MontBlanc Night Flight Handicap over 1 570 metres for three-year-old and older horses rated 33-55, and also open to horses rated 32 and below, looks a crackerjack in the making. Of the 16 horses entered, no fewer than four have visited winners’ enclosure in their last efforts.

King Of The Jungle, now set to carry 124 pounds, took the Diamonds International Gift Handicap (Division-B); Jusanotheropinion, taking 125 pounds, secured his win in Division-A; Johnny Sad Boy, sharing top weight of 130 with Just Jiving, scorched a field of 12 horses rated 30-55 in the Thady Quill Handicap over 1 000 metres, while Between The Sheik, who will shoulder 125 pounds, got his second career win taking the Diamonds International/Safi Kilima Handicap for his new trainer Naz Issa.

With all the above winners now peaking or getting near their best form, it should be difficult for the likes of Uncle Jerry, who will shoulder 125 pounds, Proud Bajan (124) pounds, who is back after a layoff, Irish Thunder (127), also in good form and Uneverno, who is down to carry 123 pounds, all of whom are capable of pulling it off.

Diamonds International/Crown Of Light Handicap, over 1 100 metres, for three-year-old and older horses rated 35-60, and also open to horses 34 and below, looks pretty straightforward.

Aysha Syndicate-owned Time D’or not only finds himself sharing the heavy weight of 133 pounds with Whataline, but down in the bottom cellar ratings. He should represent his connections very well here. He should, however, expect a tough time from his more youthful opponents.

Spellbound, drawn against the rail, should make her presence felt especially after her last effort going the trip when she was a gutsy second behind the winner Glistening in the Diamonds International/Safi Kilima event for horses rated 25-50 over 1 100 metres.

Whataline, Just Dance (124) and Fernandina (128) have all secured top four positions in their last runs. Domineering, handicapped at 130 pounds, lost his maiden tag by easily defeating West Indian maidens in the Diamonds International/Galleria condition race over 1 100 metres.

Sweet Enough has been given every opportunity in her last couple of efforts and has always seems to come up short; she should be given one more chance.

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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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John is back

John is back


www.nationnews.com | Sun, November 20, 2011

The name may be as simple as they come, even for a race horse.

But don’t left the name fool you.

John Brian is back with a bang, having not won since December 2009.

One of the island’s top three-year-olds, the Liz Deane-trained horse, showed all and sundry how to make a comeback, storming to victory in the Queen’s Plate Handicap, when the Barbados Turf Club’s second racing season continued yesterday at the Garrison Savannah.

And what an impressive field to do it against.

John Brian’s victory came against the likes of former Sandy Lane Gold Cup winners Daga and Mingun Temple.

In this Kenmore Bynoe picture, John Brian, with Ricky Walcott aboard, slamming the field in yesterday’s feature race.

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Aston Martin one to watch

Aston Martin one to watch

Anderson Trotman (front) piloting Lady Quill to victory from Captain Apache and Areuserious during the last racing season. (Picture by Kenmore Bynoe.)

www.nationnews.com | By Lindon Yarde | Fri, November 04, 2011 – 12:03 AM

After an eight-week break life in the fast lane returns to the Garrison Savannah, tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. with an action-packed eight-race card on the first day of the third season.

Ninety-four horses have been entered for the Barbados Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association’s race day, staged by the Barbados Turf Club.

The Elliott Williams Memorial Breeders’ Stakes and Trophy (GR.1RB,-BAR) for Barbadian-bred two-year-olds over 1 100 metres promises to be a scorcher.

With over $59 000 in prize money, all the leading juveniles have been entered in the event where colts take 126 and the fillies carry 121 pounds.

Heading this star-studded field is the awesome looking colt Aston Martin. Other winners include Chimichurri, 126 pounds and Verkauf and Capere, both with 121 pounds.

The Mark Armstrong-owned Aston Martin was an enterprising second in his first outing behind the filly Verkauf, but impressively turned the tables by taking the Kathleen Taylor Memorial Condition race over 1 100 metres with plenty left in the tank. On that effort it appears difficult to look elsewhere for a winner.

The connections of Chimichurri, owner Sir Charles Williams and trainer Andrew Nunes must feel they have a good chance of reversing the tables on last time conqueror Aston Martin. They now meet at level weights compared to the 12 pounds Chimichurri had spotted the colt.

Lord Michael Taylor-owned Verkauf enjoyed the pleasure of beating Aston Martin first time they met in the R.L. Seale & Company Limited Trophy Allotted Weights race over 1 100 metres.

The return encounter proved to be nothing more than an exercise gallop around the Savannah for Aston Martin. Verkauf has shown lots of promise and should still be around at the finish.

Capere, after winning the Kabul Allotted Weights race over 1 000 metres went under to Chimichurri in the Junior Kadooment Condition race also over 1 000 metres.

The top rated horses will clash in the Bushy Park Trophy Handicap for three-year-olds and older going 1 100 metres. Not only is this expected to be a quick affair but it will serve as a prep race for two horses nominated for the Caribbean Nations Racing Challenge race day in Trinidad and Tobago next month.

Those two are the Sir David Seale-owned John Brian and Blue Diamond Stables-owned Purr Class. John Brian, handicapped at 126 pounds, has struggled of late while Purr Class, who shoulders 130 pounds, is yet to run a bad race since her first run and could easily leave the track smoking.

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