Horse Racing

No more doubts

Bigdaddykool in overdrive mode as he pulls away from rivals to win the Legal Light Trophy on Saturday.

Yes, there were many doubters. Yes, there were many who said that he was just lucky. Yes, there were many who concluded that he could not match strides with the best on offer. Well the doubters have been discarded to the scrapheap, as Bigdaddykool running for the first time as a four-yearold after ... Read More

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In its commitment to the racing industry, GraceKennedy, through its Caribbean Choice brand, has once ... Read More

Money Magnet Eleven left in Caribbean Choice Jamaica Oaks
Following another stage of declaration, 11 horses have been listed to compete in the Caribbean Choic ... Read More

Dane Nelson Exotic Gold bouncing back to win the 2012 Jamaica Oaks
After flopping as the favourite in the 2012 Jamaica 1000 Guineas, Exotic Gold returned and outstayed ... Read More

The Henrys have it

BY RUDDY ALLEN Observer staff reporter | Tuesday, April 25, 2017    

The Henry connection — Henry The Second with jockey Wesley Henry after his maiden victory.

In his first race, he finished second behind the winner of the 2000 Guineas, Fearles Samurai. In his second race, Henry The Second finished second behind the winner of the Jamaica Two- Year-Old Stakes and top two-year-old of last year, Sotomayor. In his third race, he was fourth behind top notch filly and 1,000 Guineas winner, She’s A Maneater. On Saturday, Henry The Second, after resting, recovering and preparing for nearly five months returned to the racetrack, and his performance over ... Read More

The ‘Universe’ is spinning even better

BY RUDDY ALLEN Observer staff reporter | Tuesday, April 25, 2017    

Mr Universe with Jerome Innis (Photo: Joseph Wellington)

After an encouraging fourth-place finish behind Sotomayor and stable companion She’s A Maneater in last December’s, Jamaica Two-Year-Old Stakes, Mr Universe returned to competitive racing last Saturday and easily brushed aside rivals to win a non-winners of three event in a bold, front-running display. With Jerome Innis riding for owner Carlton Watson and trainer Wayne DaCosta, Mr Universe shot into an early lead over stable companion and 3-5 favourite Loose Cannon (Omar Walker), a ... Read More

Seven horses claimed on Saturday

Tuesday, April 25, 2017    

Seven horses were claimed on the 10-race programme at Caymanas Park last Saturday. Paul Hylton claimed Princess Brianna from Lorenzo Robinson for The Seeker; Colin Blair took Raising The Bar for Gary Laing from Rohan Gordon; Colin Ferguson lost Light Brigade to Tyrone Prince for Craig Russell and the Anthony Nunes-trained Ocean Seeker was claimed by Patrick Taylor for Sting Rays from the fourth race. All claims were made for $250,000. In the 10th and final event on a $180,000 claiming tag, Rub ... Read More

Chasing Roses: Javier Castellano still eyeing elusive Derby

Tuesday, April 25, 2017    

Javier Castellano, right, during a recent morning workout at Churchill Downs. (Photo: AP)

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla (AP) — Javier Castellano is arguably the best jockey in racing right now. Except, that is, at the Kentucky Derby. It is a baffling fact: The top rider in the game — he’s won the Eclipse Award as the sport’s best in each of the last four years — has the worst record of any jockey ever to ride in the Kentucky Derby. And even with all his accomplishments, when the Run for the Roses draws near the most glaring omission from his resume starts gnaw ... Read More

‘Big Daddy’ is hot, real hot

BY RUDDY ALLEN Observer staff reporter | Sunday, April 23, 2017    

Bigdaddykool (Photos: Observer file)

Bigdaddykool, showing more than due respect to the great Legal Light in whose honour the feature race was run at Caymanas Park yesterday, captured the Grade One event over 1,820 metres in a new Stakes record time. The performance was one to behold as the four-year-old bay gelding, who was running for the first time this season, exploded in deep stretch to win, going away by two lengths in 1:55.0, erasing the previous mark of 1:55.2 jointly held by two other super horses, Seeking My Dream and M ... Read More

Bigdaddy to win on return

BY HURBUN WILLIAMS Observer writer | Saturday, April 22, 2017    

Bigdaddykool with apprentice Linton Steadman.

Bigdaddykool, the most successful three-year-old of last season, makes his four-year-old debut in the Legal Light Trophy (Grade One) at Caymanas Park today. The Legal Light highlighter is the lone trophy race on the 10-race card and has attracted a small field of six runners for three-year-olds and upward going 1,820 metres for a purse of $1.3 million. Post time for the Legal Light is set for approximately 4:30 pm, with first start at 12:15 pm. A master of the two-turn distances, the 1,820-m ... Read More

Exotic Wagers

Saturday, April 22, 2017    


Sunrise 6 (Races 1-6) Race 1) Loose Cannon/Runallday/Simply The Best/Mr Universe Race 2) Breezy/Connor/Foxy’s Special/Mount Zion King Race 3) Bubbling Kitten Race 4) Ocean Seeker Race 5) Piano Man/Bounce/Major Force/Cup O’ Tea Race 6) Toot The Blues Total $640 Twilight 6 (Races 5-10) Race 5) Piano Man/Bounce/Major Force/Cup O’ Tea Race 6) Toot The Blues Race 7) Henry The Second Race 8) Man In Blue/Holy Night/Nasdaq Princess/Mr Cookie Race 9) Franfield/Bighdaddykoo ... Read More

Racing commentary — the hardest of all

By Errol Hobson | Friday, April 21, 2017    

Brian ‘Spuddy’ Rickman with his special award presented on last year’s Superstakes raceday by Burger King. (Observer file photos)

As a racing enthusiast and an ardent lover of the equine athlete, I’ve always maintained that horse racing commentary is by far the most challenging and complex to undertake in the sporting world. Nevertheless, Jamaica has had quite a few good commetators plying their craft since the advent of horse racing at Caymanas Park in 1959. The first ‘toaster’ I can recall as a child was the late Desmond Chambers, the well-known and probably the orginal ‘good morning man&rsq ... Read More

Franfield to see the ‘light’

BY OBSERVER RACING WRITER | Friday, April 21, 2017    

Franfield with Shane Ellis (Observer file photo)

The Legal Light Trophy run in honour of one of the greatest horses ever to set hoofs on local track is the feature race on tomorrow’s 10-race offering. The Legal Light is a Grade 1 event and is contested for over nine furlongs and 25 yards (1,820m). The team from the Complete Racing Guide analyses the six horses slated to run. FRANFIELD — Nearing his very best after a fighting win over the same distance as the Legal Light when defeating Blue Dixie on March 25. The change of ride ... Read More

20 fillies entered for Jamaica Oaks

BY OBSERVER RACING WRITER | Friday, April 21, 2017    

She’s A Maneater. (Photos: Joseph Wellington)

The 10-furlong (2,000m) Jamaica Oaks, the third Classic race of the 2017 season, has provisionally received 20 entries. The Oaks, which is a fillies-only event, is set for Saturday April 29. All horses in the Oaks carry the same weight of 126 lb (57.0 kgs). The provisional entrants are led by 1000 Guineas winner She’s A Maneater, who again will benefit from the hands of Omar Walker. Second in the 1000, Bilingual, trained by Anthony Nunes, is also present and it is expected that jockey Ro ... Read More



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