Horse Racing

Different style from She’s A Maneater

She’s A Maneater (Omar Walker) just able to get up in time to defeat Money Magnet (Bebeto Harvey) in the Front Runner Thornbird Stakes. (Photo: Joseph Wellington)

She’s A Maneater confirmed her status as the top filly within her three-year-old age group bracket with a decisive victory in the seven furlong (1,400m) Front Runner-sponsored Thornbird Stakes on Saturday last. The Complete Racing Guide analyses the results of this race. FIRST – S ... Read More

Fearless Samurai (Omar Walker) winning the Front Runner Stakes on Saturday. (Photo: Joseph Wellington) The ‘Samurai’ is getting sharper
The growth and rise of Fearless Samurai came into full view on Saturday, as the chestnut gelding by ... Read More

Sotomayor (Linton Steadman) entering the racetrack to race on Saturday. All doesn’t seem to be right with Sotomayor – trainer Anthony Nunes
“Clearly something is wrong with Sotomayor. We haven’t been able to find anything wrong ... Read More

Trainer Wayne DaCosta (right) saddles She’s A Maneater before the start of the Front Runner Thornbird Stakes on Saturday last. (Photo: Joseph Wellington) More confidence after She’s A Maneater’s victory
After She’s A Maneater’s emphatic victory in the $1.3- million Front Runner Thornbird St ... Read More

Fearless Samurai on course for 2,000 Guineas

BY RUDDY ALLEN Observer staff reporter | Tuesday, March 21, 2017    

Fearless Samurai with jockey Omar Walker and groom Bertie Johnson. (Photo: Joseph Wellington)

It was a remarkable day for champion trainer Wayne DaCosta on Saturday when he had the rare distinction of winning the two major trial races – the Front Runner sponsored Thornbird (fillies) and Prince Consort Stakes (colts and geldings) with She’s A Maneater and Fearless Samurai, respectively. DaCosta ended the day with a four timer, his other winners being Little Big Horn and Paper Chaser. After the win by Fearless Samurai, DaCosta said that his charge had established himself as on ... Read More

Racing notes…Racing notes…Racing notes… Racing notes…Racing notes…Racing notes…

BY OBSERVER RACING WRITER | Tuesday, March 21, 2017    

Trainer Wayne DaCosta (left) and jockey Omar Walker.

A WET RACETRACK – The racetrack was wet on Saturday which in the early part of the 11-race programme suited the front runners. In the first race,Princess Brianna (Dane Nelson) shot to the lead and won going away. Later in the day when the weather settled a bit and got drier, the run-on horses came into play. ARE THE FILLIES BETTER? – It was quite interesting to compare the times of the two feature races on Saturday, the Front Runner- sponsored Thornbird Stakes for fillies and the P ... Read More

Bruce Wayne provides Nigel Burke with first winner

BY RUDDY ALLEN Observer staff reporter | Tuesday, March 21, 2017    

Trainer Nigel Burke (left) with jockey Linton Steadman. (Observer file photo)

Nigel Burke, who began his career as a trainer last November, earned his first win on Saturday when apprentice Linton Steadman guided three-year-old Bruce Wayne to victory in the fifth race at Caymanas Park. Burke, is the grandson of the late Nigel Nunes, a former champion trainer, and nephew of top racehorse trainers Andrew (now training in Barbados) and Anthony Nunes. “Horse racing is in the family, I just can’t get rid of it, it’s in the blood. My grandfather, two uncles an ... Read More

DaCosta sweep

BY RUDDY ALLEN Observer racing writer | Sunday, March 19, 2017    

Fearless Samurai under Omar Walker runs out a lonely winner in the Prince Consort Stakes over 1400 metres at Caymanas Park yesterday. (Photos: Joseph Wellington)

The Wayne DaCosta pair of Fearless Samurai and She’s A Maneater have established themselves as leading contenders for the upcoming Classics after producing electrifying performances to win their respective Guineas Trials races in fine style at Caymanas Park yesterday. Fearless Samurai, owned by Elizabeth DaCosta, turned on the pressure in deep stretch to take the 26th running of the $1.3-million Prince Consort Stakes (for colts and geldings only) by an ever-increasing three lengths, whil ... Read More

She’s A Maneater, Fearless Samurai for Thornbird, Prince Consort Stakes

BY HURBUN WILLIAMS Observer writer | Saturday, March 18, 2017    

She’s A Maneater is tipped to win the Thornbird Stakes.

The build-up tothe native-bred three-year-old Classic season continues in earnest at Caymanas Park today with the running of the Thornbird Stakes (fillies only) and Prince Consort Stakes (colts and geldings). Twenty of the most promising three-year-olds will take to the track in the Graded Stakes races to highlight a well-supported 11-race card. Both races will go 1,400 metres for a purse of $1,300,000 each. The Thornbird Stakes has attracted a field of 11 that will go to post at approximately ... Read More


BY OBSERVER RACING WRITER | Friday, March 17, 2017    


This year’s Front Runner Thornbird Stakes (seven furlongs - 1,400m) can easily be mistaken for the much more sought after 1,000 Guineas, as all the talented ‘lasses’ are in tow for tomorrow’s race. A battle royal is expected among Khaleesi’s Revenge, Marlene My Love, Fort Knox, She’s A Maneater, Runallday, Bilingual and Blue Tradition. The Complete Racing Guide examines the runners in the Thornbird and attempts to decipher the form for readers. MONEY MAGN ... Read More

My horses have prepared well — Anthony Nunes

BY RUDDY ALLEN Observer staff reporter | Friday, March 17, 2017    


Trainer Anthony Nunes believes his trio of horses, Runallday, Bilingual and Blue Tradition, are capable of making their presence felt in the Thornbird Stakes at Caymanas Park tomorrow. The event, which is restricted to native-bred three-year-old fillies, is the final official prep race ahead of the 1,000 Guineas to be run on April 8. The Thornbird Stakes is competed over seven furlongs (1,400m). Runallday (Blue Pepsi Lodge – Racee) showed a lot of her credentials when she scored a comfo ... Read More

New trainers’ course underway

BY RUDDY ALLEN Observer staff reporter | Friday, March 17, 2017    

Chairman of the Jamaica Racing Commission (JRC) Anthony Shoucair (second right) with the two female participants in the Trainers’ Training Programme, Keisha Lawrence (right) and Kibbeisha Little. At left is general manager of the JRC, Richard Longmore.

A new Trainers’ Training programme conducted by the Jamaica Racing Commission (JRC) got underway at the Veterinarian Department/Salix Centre at Caymanas Park last Monday. Two females — Kibbeisha Little and Keisha Lawrence — are among 21 assistant trainers participating in the programme. The others are Ian Alexander, Errol Burke, Marvin Campbell, Byron Davis, Anthony Dixon, Leroy Francis, Orville M Johnson, David Lee Sin, Carlos Leung, Prince McDonald, Keffin Murray, Ian Robert ... Read More

Free entry to Caymanas bleachers

Friday, March 17, 2017    

An overhead view of Caymanas Park in St Catherine.

Supreme Ventures Racing and Entertainment Limited (SVREL), in fulfilment of its recent promise, is advising that as of tomorrow, Saturday March 18, entry to the bleachers section of both the Grandstand and Clubstand at Caymanas Park will be free. The promise of free entry for the bleachers of the Grand and Club stands was part of a number of initiatives announced by representatives of SVREL at the Jamaica Observer Monday Exchange. At the Monday Exchange, Chief Operating Officer at SVREL Bra ... Read More

Remembering ‘Chinna’

Friday, March 17, 2017    

Hubert Bartley (left) stands besides Emelio Rodriquez after coming out on top of a Superstakes jockeys’ championships in the 1980’s. (Photos: Marvin 'Horseman' Pitterson)

The Complete Racing Guide pays tribute to jockey Hubert “Chinna” Bartley with a selection of some of his top riding moments. Bartley died last week at the age of 54. Read More



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