Horse Racing

Boom Jamaica Derby contenders put in second-to-last gallops by their trainers over last weekend

The days are lessening. The anxiety is high. The mood is getting electric and the connections are busy trying to put the finishing touches on their horses as the June 30 Boom Jamaica Derby gets closer and closer. Read More

A bumpy but winning 'Flight'
The Michael Bernard-bred and -owned precocious three-year-old filly Nuclear Flight made it two wins from two starts with a plucky run after a poor start in an age group, non-winners of two call at Caymanas Park on Saturday.... Read More

Jockeys not really on the Derby hustle this year
 The customary merry-go-round by the jockeys in securing rides, especially competitive rides in the Derby, is noticeably weak this year as all the principal runners have secured their riders for the June 30, Boom Jamaica Derby.... Read More

Groom 'Bravo' remembers the Derby win by The Viceroy
For the 59 years of racing at Caymanas Park, some outstanding thoroughbreds have galloped their way into the history books and the hearts of many racing and non-racing fans.... Read More

MY ELLE BELLE – Getting her act together on local soil

BY RUDDY ALLEN Observer staff reporter | Friday, June, 22 2018    

Slowly but surely the Spencer Chung-trained, American-bred filly My Elle Belle is sinking her hoofs deeper and deeper into the racing sand of Jamaica. Read More

Sotomayor can reach the top class – jockey Linton Steadman

BY RUDDY ALLEN Observer staff reporter | Friday, June, 22 2018    

Following Sotomayor's (the 2016 champion Two-Year-Old) emphatic win in the Valbert Marlowe Memorial Cup feature on Saturday, winning jockey Linton Steadman believes the Derby runner-up of last year can make it to the top level. Read More


BY HURBUN WILLIAMS Observer writer | Friday, June, 22 2018    

Six -year-old Poker Star showed that he was slowly coming back to his... Read More


Tuesday, June, 19 2018    

RARE WINNERS FOR DANCEL, LEO MILLERThey don't really get enough rides to showcase their skills but whenever jockeys Ansley Dancel and Leo Miller get the live mounts, they tend to make good use of them. Read More

Boom Jamaica Derby getting close

BY OBSERVER RACING WRITER | Tuesday, June, 19 2018    

There are only two weeks left before the 98th running of the Boom Jamaica Derby on Saturday, June 30, and connections of the contenders are busy putting in the necessary work and dealing with all the issues required to ready a Derby winner. Read More

Performance analysis for Saturday June 16, 2018

Tuesday, June, 19 2018    

RACE -1- $180,000 CLAIMING (3YOS&UPW ARDS) 1820METRES/9FURS.+25YARDS  Read More

Making a favourable jig on debut

BY HURBUN WILLIAMS Observer writer | Tuesday, June, 19 2018    

Quantum Dancer (Anthony Thomas), a late maturing filly made a more than favourable winning debut in a native-bred three-year-old maiden special weight Division I event — fillies only — at Caymanas Park on Saturday. Read More

Horse racing playing catch-up on jockey concussion protocol

Tuesday, June, 19 2018    

American jockey Mike Smith knows the feeling. A headache. Maybe some dizziness.As a younger jockey he got concussions, felt better and went back to riding. Read More

Horse racing's elite advise young horsemen to always stay humble

Tuesday, June, 19 2018    

To become one of horse racing's top trainers requires instincts, strategy acquired over time and tons of patience.The right horses also help. Read More

Poker Star plays good hand

BY RUDDY ALLEN Observer staff reporter | Sunday, June, 17 2018    

The former champion sprinter, who was winless in almost 25 months due to injuries, showed that he is not yet ready to raise the white flag as the Wayne DaCosta trainee powered home by a length and half in the three-year-olds and upward event going over six furlongs (1,200m) on a good... Read More

All things being equal, Poker Star should shine brightly today

Saturday, June, 16 2018    

With two good runs under his girth so far this season, Poker Star should now be cherry ripe to return to winning ways, as he heads a maximum field of 16 in the top-rated, $1-million Overnight Allowance event on a good-looking 11-race... Read More


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