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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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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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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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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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Vital race for six

nationnews.com | By LINDON YARDE | Sat, February 11, 2012 – 12:04 AM

Today’s Rotherley Holdings Inc. Challenge Trophy and the Rotherley Construction Inc. Sprint Trophy – over 1 800 and 1 100 metres, respectively – at the Garrison Savannah are not the feature races but are significant for several horses entered.

On this Rotherley Construction Inc.-sponsored race day, six of the horses entered for two of the premier races on Gold Cup day – the Tanglewood Stakes & Trophy and the Sandy Lane Spa Sprint Stakes & Trophy – will get in their final run before the big day on March 3.

It all gets going in Race 5 when five of the six – Island Memories, Dance The Distance, Captain Sully, Silk N Satin and Sea Gypsy – will square off in the RHI Challenge Trophy.

However, it won’t be all about them as the real interest here lies with United States-bred Gold Cup representative Dancin David.

The Sir David Seale-owned colt will make his local debut, and his performance will be keenly monitored as this will be his only chance to impress before the pattern event.

Island Memories warmed up for his appointment on March 3 with a workmanlike victory in the Diamond International Crown Of Light Handicap over today’s distance against horses rated 58 to 80. Trainer Andy Ward’s intentions here might be nothing more than to tighten a few screws.

Stablemate Captain Sully will need the majority of the work as his form has gone in the wrong direction.

The others are also badly in need of a good performance under their belts.

It will be a test of speed versus stamina as six of the Spa Sprint nominees clash in the RCI Sprint Trophy.

Purr Class, Vitality, Greeley Gone West, Erados and Istanbul will meet Preach To Me. The Sir David Seale-owned horse had a hard-fought victory in the Ichi Ban Handicap, where he defeated Erados by a short head in a driving finish.

Preach To Me now carries the top weight of 133 pounds and while one can’t doubt his closing ability, he might be handing too much weight to potentially explosive speedballs.

Gay Smith’s Erados put in a Herculean effort last start.

His connections should be pleased with that performance and much the same is expected here.

Purr Class, Istanbul and Vitality all possess good early speed and are all capable of securing a victory. They will, however, need to be at their best as time is just about to expire in terms of getting it right.

Janaki stormed to victory last race day in the Diamonds International MontBlanc Challenge Sprint Trophy at today’s distance. Now carrying a similar weight, she must stand another excellent chance.

One can’t help but wonder why her connections opted not to pay the penalty and enter the Spa Sprint. Another victory here would certainly make her omission even more mind-blowing.

My picks

Race 1: Must Be The Money

Race 2: Chatter Box

Race 3: Capere

Race 4: Tornade

Race 5: Dance The Distance

Race 6: Shared Adventure

Race 7: Janaki

Race 8: Intact

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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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Graeme Hill wins in style

Jockey Kyle Carter stunned the field with a runaway victory aboard Graeme Hill in the feature race. (Picture by Kenmore Bynoe.)

nationnews.com | By Lindon Yarde | Sun, January 29, 2012

Spectacularly ridden by wonder boy Kyle Carter, Graeme Hill easily took the 13th edition of the Coolmore “Home Of Champions” Stakes & Trophy on a firm Garrison Savannah track yesterday.

It was a performance that would easily cement his place in the starting line-up for the prestigious Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup just over a month away.

Jockey Carter allowed the son of Graeme Hall out of Lucky Lady Lucy to canter along at the back of the nine-horse field in the (Gr.1.-Bar) race for three-year-old and older horses rated 118-140 (weight for age) and also open to horses rated 117 and below over 1 800 metres.

The Bill and Haley Blevin-owned colt Graeme Hill strode past some tired pace-setters gong towards the two-furlong marker as the original leaders Captain Sully, Lil Man Arran, Kingdora, Giovedi, John Brian and the favourite Daga had all come under pressure.

Entering the homestretch widest of all, Graeme Hill continued to stride out effortlessly for the victory.

This victory was even more significant for his connections and trainer Jonathon Simpson as they eventually finished first, second and fourth in the afternoon feature event.

Giovedi, partnered by Reshaun Latchman, ran on tenaciously to take second, while Indanger under Antonio Bishop ran another good race, closing from way back and getting up in time for third position. Lil Man Arran saw out his race well, finishing fourth with jockey Anderson Trotman astride.

This result could easily see these four joining top creoles Zoom, Apostle and Show Me The Money, who clearly cemented their spots last race day for the big race.

The disappointment of the race was the performance of Daga and John Brian whose entry in the Gold Cup now rests with the jury.

Equally as impressive yesterday was the telling blow delivered by Janaki, owned by the Estate Of Yusuf Mongroo. Under Kenny John, she turned back ten others when taking the supporting feature race, the Diamonds International Montblanc Challenge Sprint Trophy Handicap.

The Boston John-trained filly, who has not been nominated at the first two stages for the Sandy Lane Spa Sprint, defeated five other nominees in that race for four-year-old and older horses rated 75-100 and also open to horses rated 74 and below over 1 100 metres.

Those who felt her fury were Byhookorbycreek, Vitality, Purr Class, Istanbul and Greeley Gone West, with the latter two finishing third and fourth respectively.

Vitality was quickest away from the gates, joined by Desert Orchid and Dark Knight with Janaki stalking in fourth position.

As the tempo quickened going towards the two-furlong pole, Janaki took closer order, while Istanbul ridden by Rico Walcott, Greeley Gone West under Jalon Samuel, and Run Alke Run partnered by Paul Eddery (eventually second) could be seen making rapid headway.

Janaki, by virtue of having stolen first run, romped home for the comfortable victory. It was a performance that could very well make her connections rethink their decision not to nominate her for the Sandy Lane Spa.

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Graeme Hill wins feature Coolmore ‘Home of Champions’ Stakes & Trophy

Kyle Carter pilots Graeme Hill (left) to victory in the Coolmore ‘Home of Champions’ Stakes & Trophy, for 3-year-olds and over, rated 140 and below.

Barbados Advocate | Charlie Heath | 1/29/2012

THE Bill and Hayley Blevin-owned four-year-old chestnut colt, Graeme Hill, upset them all in the feature Coolmore “Home of Champions” Stakes & Trophy, for 3-year-olds and over, rated 140 and below, going 1800 metres, yesterday at the Garrison Savannah, the third day of the Barbados Turf Club’s first racing season.

The Jonathan Simpson-trained colt was kept off the early pace set by Captain Sully, Little Man Arran, and Kingdora.

With five furlongs to go, Kyle Carter on Graeme Hill could see the whole field in front of him.

At the three-furlong marker, Little Man Arran and Giovedi, stable companions of Graeme Hill, moved to the lead.

With two furlongs to go, Graeme Hill was breathing down their necks, and as they straightened up he picked up the running to go on to an easy victory. Reshawn Latchman on Giovedi finished second, giving owners Bill and Hayley Blevin, and trainer Jonathan Simpson, a one-two finish.

Indanger, owned by Daniel & Martin Raizman, trained by Roger Parravicino, and ridden by Antonio Bishop, was third. Little Man Arran held on for fourth.

The supporting feature, the Diamonds International/Montblanc Challenge Sprint Trophy (Handicap), for 4-year-olds and over, rated 100 & below, sprinting 1100 metres, was won by the Boston John-trained Janaki, owned by the Estate of Yusuf Mongroo, and ridden by Kenny John.

John had Janaki on the pace from the start, along with Dessert Orchid, Vitality, and Dark Night.

Turning for home, John asked Janaki for an effort and he immediately responded by going on to win. The Lord Michael Taylor-owned Run Alke Run, trained by Andy Ward, with Kyle Carter in the irons, ran on strongly to finish second. Third was Run Alke Run’s stable companion, Istanbul, with Rico Walcott. Fourth was Greeley Gone West.
Reshawn Latchman and Kyle Carter both won two races on the day’s card.

No trainer saddled more than one winner on the day.

Racing continues on Saturday, February 11. (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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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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