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Two to watch

Rico Walcott on board Show Me The Money (l) slipping the field and holding off Zoom to win the Victor Chandler Stakes & Trophy. (Kenmore Bynoe)

By Lindon Yarde | Tue, December 27, 2011 | www.nationnews.com

On a good to firm track, patrons witnessed the performances of two future stars in Aston Martin and Show Me The Money as horse racing 2011 closed yesterday at the Garrison Savannah with some tremendous finishes before a large crowd.

First up it was the awesome looking Aston Martin who drew first blood in Race 5, the Diamonds International/ MontBlanc Challenge Stakes and Trophy for West Indian bred two-year-olds over 1 570 metres.

Aston Martin, under champion apprentice Reshaun Latchman, strode to a scintillating one-and-a-half length victory.

When starter Mark Batson sent them on the way, the Mark Armstrong-owned colt was tucked away behind early leaders Rickoshey, Southern Lights, Capere, Secret Of Success and Dipitinmoney.

While Rickoshey took them along at a leisurely gallop going towards the three-furlong pole, Aston Martin could be seen making rapid headway on the outside.

Entering the home stretch, Rickoshey under Rico Walcott, continued to lead with Aston Martin in hot pursuit and closing with every stride. He was then switched from the outside to the inside rail and sailed away for the win.

Risckoshey held on for second place, while Capere, ridden by Kyle Carter, ran impressively to finish third, with Divine Destiny and Ricky Walcott in the irons back in the fourth spot.

That win was one of three for Latchman, who in the process captured the champion apprentice jockey title.

His other wins were with Indian Officer which took the Diamonds International Gift Condition race Division “A” for West Indian-bred two-year-old maidens over 1 570 metres, and Giovedi, which won the Diamonds International Crown Of Light Handicap for three-year-old and older horses rated 68-90 and also open to horses rated 67 and below over 1 800 metres.

The day’s other supporting feature, the Victor Chandler Stakes and Trophy for three-year-olds and older over 1 570 metres, was impressively won by Lord Michael Taylor-owned Show Me The Money under Rico Walcott.

Never challenged for the entire journey, the pair sailed home for the popular victory to the applause of the appreciative crowd. With this performance, he put up his hand as one of the leading contenders for the main event next year, the Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup.

Zoom, under regular pilot Antonio Bishop, who lost his apprenticeship during the course of the day, stalked the early leaders but was never able to get on terms. He was, however, good enough to take second position.

Mingun Temple, paired with jockey Anderson Trotman, came from way back to be third, while Daga, ridden by Paul Eddery, was back in fourth.

The Barbados Turf Club’s first season of racing for 2012 gets going on Monday and will be sponsored once again by Diamonds International MontBlanc.

Post time is 1 p.m.

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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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It’s on! It’s on! You wouldn’t want to miss the long and eagerly anticipated return clash between Show Me The Money, Apostle and Zoom

Show Me The Money has not raced since the 2011 Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup and will be up against Apostle and Zoom today. (FP)

By Lindon Yarde | www.nationnews.com | Sat, June 25, 2011

It’s on! It’s on! You wouldn’t want to miss the long and eagerly anticipated return clash between Show Me The Money, Apostle and Zoom.

They last met in this year’s Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup where Show Me The Money and Apostle went head to head. The race, however, ended in controversy with Show Me The Money being disqualified and the win being awarded to Zoom.

They will seek to settle these outstanding matters when they square off today at the Garrison Savannah for the feature race – the Val Gale Cup.

This weight-for-age event for three-year-old and older horses rated 118-140 and also open to horses rated 117 and below over 1 800 metres has attracted three other competitors and looks to be a thriller.

Regardless of the outcome, one surety is that more excitement will be created in the horse racing industry which is basically lacking equine stars.

Lord Michael Taylor-owned Show Me The Money has not raced since the Gold Cup. The Anderson Ward-trained horse, which finished second in last year’s edition of this race, is expected to be sound and can put his immense ability beyond doubt with a powerful performance, thus proving his Gold Cup form not to be a fluke.

Apostle has not appeared since his participation in the Gold Cup this year; additionally he has only one victory in the last year-and-a-half, but remains the highest rated animal in the race.

With compelling credentials and nothing to prove, local favourite Apostle is expected to attempt to run this field into the ground. Having served this country well against the highest calibre of opposition he will need another career best if he is to resume his winning ways. 

As he gracefully ages, this racing game has obviously gotten harder on this seven-year-old gelding. It is left to be seen if he still has it in him.

Zoom, winner of this year’s Gold Cup, extended his winning ways with a 1¾ length victory in the Lost In The Fog Trophy Handicap for the top rated horses 115-140 over 1 100 metres. Definitely past his best where sprinting is concerned, he will relish a return to the 1 800 metres trip and seek win No. 4 on the trot.

Zoom will want to ensure his stable’s shocking pink silk passes the line first and further strengthen the debate as to who’s the best horse in training at present and that he was in every way a deserving winner of the Caribbean’s premiere horse racing event.

This being a weight-for-age race really seems to put the others at a very serious disadvantage. Bipin on previous attempts at the trip has been found wanting on each occasion. Ring Time and Kingdora have both tried this company before at the shorter trip of 1 570 metres, both handicapped with the penny stamp of 108 pounds, and with their best efforts failed to get the job done.

In horse racing nothing is guaranteed but rest assured Ring Time and Kingdora are up against rivals at the peak of their powers and are expected to come up way short.

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WHEN THE CATS are away the mouse should play.

Antonio Bishop (right), on board Istanbul, will pilot Fernandina, while Anderson Trotman (left) will ride favourite Kendal Moon. (FP)

 By Lindon Yarde | nationnews.com | Sat, June 11, 2011

And with the top locally-bred filly Slip Stream staying indoors, stablemate Kendal Moon looks set to come out on top in the feature Barbados Fillies Guineas (Gr.1-Bar) at the Garrison Savannah today.

Kendal Moon will be out to make amends for her disappointing showing in the first jewel of this year’s Triple Crown – the Barbados Guineas.

The Sir Charles Williams-owned and Andrew Nunes-trained filly will meet nine others in what should be an extremely competitive 1 570-metre race for West Indian-bred three-year-old fillies, featuring easily one of the best fields assembled for a fillies Guineas in recent times.

With eight of the ten entered already winners, Kendal Moon will not have things her own way as no fewer than three have claims to the top prize.

She just failed to peg back the top two in her last effort – the Ginger Punch Trophy Handicap for horses rated 58-80 going under by less than a length.

Trainer Nunes will also be sending out the Jane’s Girl-owned Cinnamon Jane.

She has proven herself against the lesser quality three-year-olds having recently won the Roses In May Trophy Condition Race for non-winners of two or more races over 1 570 metres, but it would be surprising if she gets the job done.

The Lord Michael Taylor-owned Reprise, since her maiden victory in the III Diamonds International Mont Blanc Doue Condition Race Division (B) over 1 570 metres, has started three times but has not built on that winning effort.

While she has not been disgraced, there is scant margin for error as the Midsummer Classic and Derby looms.

The Fiona Kinch-owned Fernandina has raised the alarm after her wide margin of victory in the Registered Grooms Division (B) event over 1 570 metres.

Albeit that that event offered an ordinary maiden field, this 70-rated challenger will have some ground to find to be on par with the favourite at best.

Chandler-owned Sweet Bottom Suzy is one of three maidens entered. She has fared better than the entire field against the top three-year-olds, but has found the winner’s enclosure elusive, most recently suffering at the hands of jockeys’ arrangements.

Should her owner rectify this problem and book one of the few live riders, her maiden tag should be a thing of the past.

My Picks

Race 1: Northern Sheriff

Race 2: Graeme Hill

Race 3: Sweet Harmony

Race 4: Tantal Eyes

Race 5: Must Be The Money

Race 6: Family Affair

Race 7: Kendal Moon

Race 8: Fuh Real

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Banner day for Bouncebak


Bouncebak (centre) driving hard to take the feature race from Kingdora on the inside and Ring Time, at the Garrison Savannah. (Picture by Kenmore Bynoe.)

By Lindon Yarde | Sun, May 29, 2011 | nationnews.com

Bouncebak continued her dominant form with a hard-fought victory over stablemate Kingdora in the feature BTC Board Of Directors Handicap for three-year-old and older horses rated 118-140 and open to horses rated 117 and below, over 1 570 metres.

On another beautiful afternoon at the Garrison Savannah yesterday the Lord Michael Taylor-owned and Anderson Ward trained seven-year-old mare Bouncebak, while travelling sweetly, exerted maximum pressure on her opponents right from the start.

Brilliantly ridden by fiery hot Jalon Samuel, she had to fight off challenges on either side before getting the job done, eventually stopping the clock at 1:37.2.

Who’s To Say contested a pressured lead most of the trip, but would soon cave in to the pressure of his stalker Bouncebak. The others led by Rocamadour, Bipin, Ring Time, and Kindora stayed close.

Rocamadour and Who’s To Say threw in the towel turning for home. It was then left to Bouncebak to survive the vicious assault from Kingdora on the rails and Ring Time on the outside both of whom took the penny stamp of 108 pounds.

That fighting effort got her the victory by a head from Kindora under jockey Ron Ali. Ring Time partnered by Jonathon Grant was a gallant third with Rocamadour and jockey Paul Leacock back in fourth.

You could say it was business as usual at the office for Samuel as he shared the winning honours with apprentice Antonio Bishop, both winning three races each.

Samuel started the ball rolling by winning division A and B of the BTC Registered Grooms for West Indian-bred three-year-old maidens (allotted weights) over 1 570 metres.

He was astride Angela Simpson-owned Whatadeal for trainer Jonathon Simpson in the first race and returned in Race 2 with Fiona Kinch-owned Fernandina for trainer Roger Parravicino as the pair wired the field by 12 ½ lengths.

The next three races would go to jockey Antonio Bishop. He powered the Gay Smith pair of Super Dancer and Glistening to impressive victories for trainer Edward Walcott Jr, who was the day’s most successful trainer.

Super Dancer took the Barbados Horseracing Owners and Trainers Handicap for three-year-old and older horses rated 30-55 and open to horses rated 29 and below over 1 100 metres.

Glistening lost her maiden tag in the Barbados Jockey Guild Handicap for four-year-old and older maidens over 1 100 metres.

Bishop’s final win would come on 12-1 long shot Fuh Real who took the BTC Member Handicap for three-year-old and older horses rated 43-65 and open to horses rated 42 and below over 1 570 metres for her owners Calvin Kellman and Colin Browne with the latter as the trainer.

Title-chasing jockey Anderson Trotman, although losing some ground to leading jockey Samuel, kept within striking distance with a double win yesterday.

He piloted the Pamuel Isdell and Lady Buchanan-owner Sumer Star to an easy win for trainer Andrew Nunes in the BTC Fans handicap for four-year-old and older horses rated 13-35 and open to horses rated 12 and below over 1 570 metres.

He then closed the afternoon with a workman-like victory on the Senator G. Cave and S. Bynoe-owned-and-trained No Spin Zone.

It brought the curtain down on a fantastic day of racing.  

The season continues on June 11.


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Zoom to battle ‘Bounce’


Former Gold Cup winner Zoom will be looking to get back to winning ways. (FP)

nationnews.com | By Lindon Yarde | Fri, May 13, 2011

Life in the fast lane returns to the Garrison Savannah tomorrow when the Barbados Turf Club (BTC) stages the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company Raceday.

The nine-race card, which is set to begin at 1:15 p.m., leads off the BTC’s second racing season.

Although the imported three-year-olds will take centre stage, there are some other very interesting races carded.

The top-rated horses always create a stir and this year’s Lost In The Fog Trophy handicap for three-year-olds and older rated 115-140 and open to horses rated 114 and below over 1 100 metres promises to be no exception.

The Gay Smith-owned Zoom, winner of this year’s Gold Cup, is down to carry the top weight of 133 pounds.

Zoom has recorded two wins and two seconds from his last four runs at distances ranging from 1 570 to 2 000 metres. In his last effort at this trip he just failed to catch Janaki in the Zouk handicap for horses rated 0-105. He will be putting in his best work at the end.

Bouncebak carries 128 pounds and the sublime form of three consecutive victories. Like Zoom, her wins were from distances of 1 570 to 2 000 metres.

Based on weight and form she must have an excellent chance.

The other two entered in this nine-horse field with a shot at winning are Who’s To Say and Purr Class.

The Aysha Syndicate-owned Who’s To Say is handicapped at 121.

He has beaten the top-rated sprinters this year, winning the Green Man handicap over 1 100 metres.

The Lord Michael Taylor-owned filly Purr Class with 120 pounds could show the importance of younger legs.

In the Silver Charm Trophy handicap for three-year-old and older horses rated 78-100 and also open to horses rated 77 and below over 1 570 metres, the Sir David Seale-owned Reward Me takes 130 pounds.

Unplaced in the Gold Cup, the Stephen Bynoe-trained colt should find this field much to his liking despite the heavy impost.

The Christopher Gibbs-owned Ring Time has been very consistent handicapped at 127 pounds he’s expected to give another good account here.

Indanger, owned by Messrs Daniel and Martin Raizman, is handicapped at 124 pounds and will be making a much anticipated return to the track after battling injury. He was the top leading two- and three-year-old before his setback. He will need some time, but his progress should be closely monitored.

Another event race fans will want to pay close attention to is the Ginger Punch Trophy handicap for three-year-old and older horses rated 58-80 and open to horses rated 57 and below over 1 570 metres.

Former Gold Cup winner Pure Temptation, owned by Lord Michael Taylor, is handicapped at 130 pounds.

He is long overdue a trip to the winner’s enclosure. Now at his lowest rating of 77, he will want to prove his true ability exceeds his current form.

His main opposition could come from the Lady Williams-owned Grace Chapel handicapped at 123 pounds; she also has Gold Cup experience and has shown modest form.

The Aysha Syndicate-owned Who’s Staying takes 119 pounds and has shown top form recently with back-to-back wins. He will find, however, that this field is filled with tougher and more seasonal competitors.

Of very significant interest is the entry of the Sir Charles Williams-owned three-year-old Kendal Moon. She is handicapped at 116 pounds and considered a top contender for this year’s classics, and it will be interesting to see how she fares in this company.

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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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