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Jalon Samuel a rising star

A relaxed and excited Jalon Samuel speaking to the Barbados Advocate after his Sandy Lane Gold Cup triumphs.
 
Barbados Advocate by Charlie Heath | 3/16/2012

Horse racing in Barbados, in recent years, has not been able to produce any star performers, but now that seems to be in the past with the rise of a young jockey by the name of Jalon Samuel, who at 18 years old is without question not only a star on the horizon, but he shows the quality of becoming a superstar.

Jalon started riding at the tender age of eight years old. He would go to the Garrison Paddock on mornings, when still at school, and ask the trainers to let him sit on the horses when the grooms were taking them back to the Dalkeith Paddock after they had worked.

As he got older, it was Anne Deane who was instrumental in helping the youngster improve his riding skills, as she had done for so many before him.

He was only 14 years old when he was granted a exercise licence, and at 15, he was granted his apprentice jockey licence. In the first race on the second day, November 8, 2008, after being granted his licence, he won on a horse named Kanon, and his career had started.

It was not long before he became in demand, not only in Barbados but in Trinidad. Between September and December of 2009, the former Lester Vaughan student had chalked up 16 winners, of which 10 of those wins came at Santa Rosa Park in Trinidad.

By 2010, he was showing exceptional skills, and won both the apprentice and open jockey titles.

2011 was a bittersweet year for Jalon, as he won the prestigious Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup that year on Show Me The Money, but lost it in the Stewards Room, which would have been a devastating blow to any 17-year-old.

Between November 2011 and March 2012, this youngster has shown what he is made of, as he has come up with three big wins, starting with the TT$250 000 Stewards Cup in Trinidad.

On Gold Cup day, this year, he rode the Joseph Brothers, Attie III and Saffie Joseph Jr., owned Areutalkintome, trained by David Yearwood, in the supporting feature Sandy Lane Spa Sprint. When asked why he chose Areutalkintome although the horse had not raced for 15 months, he informed this newspaper that he was working him, and he was going as good as before he had the accident. He recalls the neck-and-neck battle in the straight run with Purr Class, who was able to put a neck on him mid-way up the straight, but he was still able to get enough out of Areutalkintome at the wire to get his head back in front.

He admitted that the win on Areutalkintome gave him a real confidence booster coming in-to the Gold Cup, which he then won on Dancin David.

When asked if it was sweet revenge winning the Gold Cup on Dancin David, the young jockey said it was gratifying, more than revenge. He said that Show Me The Money ran a big race for him last year when he easily won, and he thought he was going well enough entering the straight not to have caused interference, but the Stewards ruled that he did, as did the Appellant Stewards on appeal, and in racing that is where the story ends, and you move on.

When questioned as to why he said, “Let them take this away from me,” after winning on Dancin David, he responded by saying that in the excitement and emotion of being able to win this race again, and knowing that he had a very clear run throughout the race, he was only expressing that there is no way this one would be taken away from him, and it was his to keep, and nothing else.

When asked if he was disappointed when the race was taken away from him last year, he said that he was disappointed, as any other jockey would be, but he never let it get to him, as he felt that there would be many more opportunities to win in the future, plus he had a lot of support from his family, friends and fans.

Asked how he got to ride on Dancin David? He says that is a long story, as he was originally to ride John Brian, but after working Dancin David one morning, he asked trainer Liz Deane, and Sir David’s son, Richard, if he could ride him instead, as he worked like a winner. At that stage Dancin David was in the race, and later he became a reserve and he stuck with him, “and he did not let him down, he is a good horse”.

After winning one of Trinidad’s major races, the Stewards Cup, where he beat the favoured Bruceontheloose by a short head, on the Errol Stables owned, Glen Mendez trained 9/1 shot Signal Alert, he then won the Spa Sprint and the Gold Cup.

That was followed by another opportunity, the chance to ride at Gulfstream Park in the United States.

Jalon says he was fortunate that trainer, Saffie Joseph Jr., invited him to Gulfstream Park, where he now trains, and he accepted the invitation.

“Trainer Joseph told me he had Town of Towns running, for owner Sir David Seale, and he asked Sir David’s son, Richard, if he could get the ride if he could get his papers sorted out in time, and they immediately agreed,” and he won the race, for which he thanked them for the opportunity.

Asked if winning with his very first ride in the United States was as sweet as the other three, Jalon quickly agrees, as he says he was riding with some of the best jockeys in North America.

He kept Town of Towns just off the leaders, and made his move at the 1/16 pole up the rail, beating Strapping Groom with Edgar Prado in the irons by 1/2 length.

In addition to his 86 wins at home, he has scored many wins in Trinidad and Martinique, and he has now added a win in the United States. He also had a ride at Windsor in the UK, when he rode a horse for Sir Michael Stoute.

We all know that many jockeys suffer with weight problems, and when asked what body weight he would like to weigh in at, he says it is his ambition to try and keep his body weight at 113 pounds when riding.

The young rider says he will continue riding here, and will grasp every opportunity to ride in any other country whenever the opportunity arises.

He told the Barbados Advocate that his ambition was to one day ride in the Breeders’ Cup races in the United States and the Kentucky Derby.

The young jockey insisted that he would not be where he is today without the support of his family, friends and race fans, for which he thanked them very much.

The Barbados Advocate, who since 2009 spotted Jalon Samuel – a star in the making, wishes the young rider continued success. (CH)

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Zoom sends early signal

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.

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Trotman’s jockey of the year

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.

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Kendal Moon shows her class

 

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)

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Barbados Family Fun Day at Windsor Race Course 2nd May 2011

Barbados Family Fun Day at Windsor Race Course 2nd May 2011

Apparently Joe Cole was here on Monday, I say apparently as with 10,993 people enjoying a fantastic Family Fun Day that is difficult to prove!

The stars of the Barbados Family Fun Day were definitely Jalon Samuel and Sir Michael Stoute. Jalon travelled from Barbados for his ride on Sir Michael’s horse “Adone” in the 4.25 courtesy of the days partners “The Barbados Tourism Authority”; he arrived on Saturday and stayed in the Macdonald Hotel in Windsor. Jalon is the champion jockey in Barbados and it certainly showed as he steered “Adone” round the tight bend as if he had been riding here all his life, unfortunately there was no fairytale and his mount finished a very creditable 5th.

In the first race there was high drama when Tim Clark was injured as he left the stalls but he still managed to finish 6th aboard “Rich & Reckless”. The race was an apprentice race and Tim’s first ride under rules in the UK. On getting off he was rushed to the medical room and subsequently The Berkshire Air Ambulance landed in the centre of the course to rush him to The John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.

Thankfully Tim is ok and looking forward to his next ride as he cannot remember his first! All I can say is “how tough are these jockeys!”

Peppa Pig and George delighted so many of the children and were mobbed wherever they went, it’s amazing just how popular these characters are and they really added to the family feel. One of the highlights for me was the Paddock Lawn. I have never seen it so busy and never seen so many people tucking into the wonderful foods provided by the Barbados Tourism Authority – a real treat for all.

All of the team at Royal Windsor Racecourse worked so very hard on Monday and our thanks go out to all those racegoers that attended. It was really a fantastic day and to see so many people enjoying the sun and racing was a wonderful sight.

We next race on Monday 9th May, Royal Windsor Racecourse Hospitality is still available and the first race is at 5.40pm – come racing!

http://www.windsor-racecourse.co.uk/-windsorraces-of-course-blog/hospitality-and-racing-diary-may.html

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Captain Sully wins feature race

Barbados Advocate 3/20/2011

The Lord Michael Taylor-owned, Sir Charles Williams-bred Captain Sully, under a well judged ride by Jalon Samuel won the feature Leave It To Me Trophy Handicap, for three-year-olds and older rated 80 and below, going 1800 metres.

Samuel broke the Andy Ward trained Captain Sully smartly from the gate to take an early lead. He was quickly joined by the Margo Atkinson-owned Tornade, trained by Boston John, and ridden by Jonathan Grant. These two quickly opened a five-length lead on the rest of the field, and turned the race into what looked like a match race.

Going up the back stretch Samuel gave Captain Sully, who had the big weight of 130 pounds a breather, allowing him to drop back three quarters of a length behind Tornade, who was receiving as much as 16 pounds. On reaching the top of the hill with three furlongs to go, Samuel eased Captain Sully up the rail to again challenge for the lead.

From there both Captain Sully and Tornade matched each other stride for stride, with both jockeys digging deep, and in the end it was Captain Sully that kept his head in front to win in a tight finish. Tornade finished second, while Uncle Jerry was third and Bram Stoker fourth.

Anderson Trotman was the jockey of the day winning the first race on the card with Nomoreginrog, and the third with Wingman.

Trainer Roger Parravicino was also quickly out of the gates saddling the winners of the first two races, while Andy Ward and Naz Issa also saddled two winners each.

Of the owners Lord Michael Taylor in addition to winning the feature with Captain Sully, also saw his colours pass the post first in race four, when Millennium Mile won. The Aysha Syndicate also had two winners. Who’s Staying won race six, and Who’s Calling won the final race.

Sir Charles Williams led the breeding category, as in addition to breeding Captain Sully, the winner of the feature race, he also bred Wingman, the winner of the days third race.

Racing continues on Saturday, April 2.

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DAGA WINS ROTHERLEY CONSTRUCTION INC. STAKES & TROPHY FEATURE

by Charlie Heath | February 13, 2011

The Lord Michael Taylor owned, Andy Ward trained Daga was a convincing winner of the feature Rotherley Construction Inc. Stakes & Trophy (Condition Race) for Imported (Non-West Indian Bred) 3-year-olds, run over 1570 metres.

Daga was looking for her third straight win, and Jockey Jalon Samuel gave her every chance to prove herself put tucking her in on the rail just off the early pace set by Nomoreginrog, until turning for home when he brought her with a well timed sweeping run to go on to win with a bit in hand. Second was the Bill & Hayley Blevin owned Giovedi, trained by Jonathan Simpson, and ridden by Reshawn Latchman, while stablemate Graeme Hill finished third and Nomoreginrog held on for fourth.

They were two supporting feature races, the first being the Rotherley Construction Inc. BTBA Sales Graduates 3-year-old Colts & Geldings Stakes & Trophy, going 1100 metres. This was won by the Lord Michael Taylor owned Vitality, trained by Andy Ward. Jalon Samuel had the leg up on the handsome young dark bay colt, and made no mistake. He broke smartly from the gate, and from there it was just a matter of who would collect the minor parts of the purse. In the end it was stable companion Must Be In The Money with Kyle Carter in the irons that finished second. Dunwiddat was third and Whatadeal fourth. The win was also the third straight for Vitality.

The other supporting feature was the Rotherley Construction Inc. BTBA Sales Graduates 3-year-old Fillies Stakes & Trophy (Condition Race) for West Indian Bred 3-year-old Fillies, going 1100 metres. This was won by the Sir. Charles Williams & Lady Williams owned Slip Stream, trained by Andrew Nunes. This flying bay filly with Anderson Trotman in control flew out of the gates like a missile set on a target, which was the finishing line, and there was no defense to stop her, as the others just could not cope with her speed. She went on to win as she liked. The Christopher Gibbs owned Indian Soul trained by Boston John, and ridden by Kenny John was second. Sweet Bottom Suzy was third and Reprise fourth.

Sir Charles Williams certainly must be pleased with the dominant way in which Slip Stream put away her opponents, for he not only owns the filly with his wife Lady Williams, but he also bred the filly. Two other horses bred by Sir Charles won on the day. Vitality won the third race and Captain Sully won race five. Leading jockey Jalon Samuel continues to show his class, as he landed three winners, Vitality in race three, Captain Sully in race five and Daga in race seven. Anderson Trotman and Reshawn Latchman both won two races.

Leading trainer Anderson Ward extended his lead by saddling three winners, Vitality, Captain Sully and Daga, all owned by Lord Michael Taylor. Judging from the crowd yesterday, come March 5, the next race day, which is Sandy Lane Gold Cup Day, the Garrison is going to be packed.

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