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Genuine Train releases maiden tag after an equipment change

After 14 attempts with only one third-place finish, four-year-old chestnut filly Genuine Train released the maiden on Saturday with the Donovan Plummer trainee benefiting from a change in racing equipment.

Genuine Train returned to the races on Saturday with both the tongue tie and figure 8 on and sprinted away from rivals in deep stretch to win a maiden condition race for native-bred four-year-olds and upward over 6 furlongs (1,300m).

With apprentice Romario Smith in the saddle, Genuine Train was early with the pace as she sat a close third behind Secret Law (Shane Ellis) and Obsession (Tevin Foster) for the first half of the trip.

Navigating the half-mile (800m) turn, Genuine Train surrounded the leaders and began to open up approaching the find bend. With no challengers coming forward, Genuine Train went on to win by 4 lengths over Jamaican Storm (Daniel Satchell) and Obsession. The winning time was 1:26.1 with splits of 25.1, 49.2 and 1:17.3.

Enos Brown off the mark

Veteran trainer Enos Brown finally got off the mark for the 2019 racing season after his charge Instagram won the third race. Instagram, ridden by Christopher Mamdeen, was a 4 -length winner in a Restricted Allowance event for five-year-olds and upwards - non-winners of two over 5 furlongs (1,100m).

After a couple of strides leaving the starting gates, Instagram surged to the lead but was quickly pounced on by Ray Star (Gordon Gregory) and Lion of Judah (Jemar Jackson) at the three-eighths pole.

Turning for home, Instagram came up to challenge Ray Star for the lead before accelerating on the outside for an easy win in the end. Lion of Judah was second and Lady Budget (Aaron Chatrie) third in a final time of 1:11.3. It was the 12th time Brown was starting a horse for the season.

The 'Bop' rises to the top

After two previous runs at the Overnight Allowance level where he was beaten out of sight on both occasions, Rising Bop took a drop-in class to $550,000-$500,000 claiming and got the job done, under leading rider Christopher Mamdeen.

Going a mile, Rising Bop just got the better of Leekout (Shane Ellis) by a neck in a race confined to three-year-olds and upwards and native-bred five-year-olds and upwards - non-winners of four.

Rising Bop and Diosa de Oro (Aaron Chatrie) were hooked up on the lead for almost the entire trip, matching speed all the way.

However, turning for home Rising Bop shook loose of Diosa de Oro and began to draw clear inside the final furlong (200m). With yards to go, Rising Bop had to dig deep to withstand the late surge from Leekout. Diosa de Oro was third in a final time of 1:43.4.

Rare winner for Jemar Jackson

Jockey Jemar Jackson scored a long overdue win after guiding the Steven Todd-conditioned Chief Prospect to win in a claiming ($250,000-$200,000) event over one mile.

Chief Prospect was slowly into stride but Jackson didn't rush the bay gelding but instead held him off the pace as Also Correct (Kiaman McGregor) led the field ahead of Bay Commander (Shane Ellis) and No Money Friend (Ameth Robles).

As the runners made their way down the backstretch, Chief Prospect took his time rounding horses as Also Correct and No Money Friend skipped away from the field running the half-mile (800m) turn.

Entering the lane, No Money Friend took over but not for long as Chief Prospect came a calling on the outside and scooped into the lead at the furlong (200m) pole and went on to win by comfortably by 5 lengths.

No Money Friend ran well for second place with Also Correct in third and Late N Drafty (Sadiki Blake) in fourth. The final time was 1:46.2.

Kiaman McGregor continues good form

Apprentice Kiaman McGregor, who has been riding with a lot more of patience and confidence, booted home two winners on the 10-race programme. McGregor rode Dee Danger to victory in the fourth race and Uncle Vinnie in the ninth.

Dee Danger, owned and trained by Dwight Chen, made one move to win a $750,000-$700,000 claiming event by length going 5 furlongs (1,000m) straight. Coralando (Oneil Mullings) was second and Talented Tony K (Anthony Thomas) third. The final time was 1:01.0.

Uncle Vinnie, trained by Gary Subratie, came with a strong run in deep stretch to win the Restricted Overnight Allowance event by 1 length over 7 furlongs (1,500m). My Elle Belle (Christopher Mamdeen) was second and Capturemyship (Raddesh Roman) third. Final time for the event was 1:34.3. With the wins, McGregor took his tally for the season to 20 winners.

Ten horses claimed

Ten horses were claimed on the 10-race programme at Caymanas Park.

In the fourth race, Lorne Kirlew claimed Twilight Dreams for owner Kevin Whitter for $750,000 from Carl Anderson.

Michael Marlowe lost Leekout to Gary Crawford for owner Mark Perry; the Stanley Findlay-trained Rising Bop was claimed by Johnny Wilmot for owner Carlton Watson and Willodeen was claimed from Ryan Darby by Wilfred Chin for owner Douglas Hernandez from the seventh race. All these claims in the seventh race were made for $550,000.

In the eighth race, Johnny Wilmot claimed Late N Drafty for owner Carlton Watson from Andrew McDonald; Michael McIntosh claimed Chief Secretariat for himself from Fernando Geddes; Kingsley Davis claimed BigBrownGreyHope for owner Donovan Hutchinson from Victor Williams; Lorne Kirlew claimed Bay Commander for owner Michael Wint from Joseph Thomas; Fitzgerald Richards claimed Chief Prospect for owner Masoud from Steven Todd and Maurice Crooks claimed Also Correct for owner Hugal Douglas from Johnny Wilmot. All claims went for $250,000.

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