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Seven horses were claimed on the 10-race programme.

Michael Beecham claimed Dr Banner, winner of the third race, from Steven Todd for himself for $250,000.

In the fourth race, Johnny Wilmot claimed Cruising Motion for owner Carlton Watson from Lorne Kirlew; Andrew McDonald claimed Papa Albert for owner Shaun Abrahams from Oneil Markland; and Everald Francis claimed Axel Rod for owner Texas Crew from Richard Azan. All claims went for $250,000.

Norman Smith claimed Laguna Point for himself for $180,000 from Steven Todd; Lorne Kirlew claimed Director Daley for owner Mr Biggs for $150,000 from Raymond Townsend; and Anthony Ferguson claimed Awesome Cat for owner Baldwin Williams for $180,000 from Rudolph Hardial.

Richard Azan, Bebeto Harvey combine for long-overdue wins

It has been quite a while since we have seen trainer Richard Azan and once top rider Bebeto Harvey grace the winners' enclosure.

The duo combined in the fourth race with Axle Rod, thereby shaking the monkey off their backs with a win going the straight (1000m) course.

Harvey produced Axle Rod from behind to beat Sweet Destiny (Omar Walker) by a nose, in a driving finish to the wire in a time of 1:01.4.

Azan and Harvey then won for a second time after Honey Ryda held off El Profesor and Wartime in a Restricted Overnight Allowance event over 5 furlongs (1,100m).

Honey Ryda won by length in a time of 1:06.3. With the winners Azan notched his 10th of the season, while it was Harvey's second and third winners for the year.

Timeforacat by the disqualification route

The race day officiating stewards of the Jamaica Racing Commission (JRC) continue to make their presence felt in the industry by another disqualification, in consecutive race meets.

Such was the case with seven- year-old dark bay mare Laguna Point in the sixth race. Ridden by apprentice Tevin Foster, Laguna Point led from start to finish in a claiming ($180,000-$150,000) spread over four furlongs (800m) straight, to win by a nose over Timeforacat (Reyan Lewis).

After the race, Timeforacat and Lewis joined Laguna Point and Foster in the winners' enclosure, assuming they were both the winners due to the tight finish, but Laguna Point was posted on tote board as the winner.

A steward inquiry was then posted and minutes later Lewis lodged an objection against the winner.

Then after about 15 minutes, the colours of Laguna Point were lowered and Timeforacat was awarded the race.

The announcement from the steward was that Laguna Point was disqualified for causing intimidation and interference to Timeforacat at the furlong-and-a-half (300m) pole.

Isotope helped by change of equipment

For her last two runs, bay filly Isotope raced with the blinkers, tongue tie and Lasix without success — finishing in fourth and third place, respectively.

On Saturday Isotope returned to the races with the blinkers off, racing only with the tongue tie and Lasix, and it was a different story as the Carl Anderson-bred,-owned and -trained four-year-old was a winner.

Going over nine furlongs and 25 yards, the same distance during which she released her maiden tag on November 21 of last year, Isotope produced a strong run in deep stretch and got up in time to beat Cohete Del Exito by 1 lengths in 1:59.2.

Ridden by Reyan Lewis, Isotope broke behind the leaders and watched as Cohete Del Exito (Christopher Mamdeen) and Estalita (Jerome Innis) alternated on the lead ahead of Free Marie (Raddesh Roman) and Acapella (Oneil Mullings).

The race got hot when Cohete Del Exito took full control of the race at the fiveeighths pole and began to slip away from the field as Isotope, slowly but surely, made her move.

Turning for home, Cohete Del Exito seemed difficult to catch as second-place Fearless Treblav (Shane Ellis) and Free Marie were not gaining, and then came a burst of energy from Isotope and that was that. Fearless Treblav was third.

Sir JhunJhun Wala produces another scorching straight run

The progression of the Howard Jaghai-conditioned Sir JhunJhun Wala continued as the four-year-old chestnut gelding romped home to his fourth career win in a Restricted Allowance event over the fivefurlong (1000m) straight course.

It was the second time that Sir JhunJhun Wala was winning down the straight course in his 14-race career.

Ridden by apprentice Christopher Mamdeen, Sir JhunJhun Wala, after getting rid of Dee Danger (Reyan Lewis) with yards to go, held off the fast-finishing Ricky Ricardo (Abigail Able) by 1 lengths in a time of 1:00.0.

It was Dee Danger who was the first to show on the lead at the off in front of Sea Swan (Aaron Chatrie), Miss Formality (Omar Walker) and Sir JhunJhun Wala.

The order remained the same until passing the dummy rails, when Dee Danger pulled away from the field and looked the likely winner at the furlong (200m) pole.

It was then that Sir JhunJhun Wala came up to challenge Dee Danger and easily went by with 25 yards to go, holding to the wire over Ricky Ricardo who was unfortunately stopped twice in the race by careless riding by Shavon Townsend aboard Golden Destiny.

Steven Todd's good form continues

Steven Todd's conditioning skills continued to be highlighted when he notched his 16th winner for the year with Dr Banner.

Ridden by apprentice Tevin Foster, Dr Banner, who was adjusted as the 1-5 favourite, romped home by 1 lengths over his favourite trip — the five-furlong (1000m) straight course.

Dr Banner was always in contention from the start, as he showed good speed over Buck Call (Samantha Fletcher), Lola Grey (Kiaman McGregor) and Pandora's Box (Jordan Barrett).

Dr Banner stayed with the field for a while before he started to draw off passing the dummy rails, and then cruised home ahead of Buck Call and Pandora's Box.

Todd is currently fourth in the trainer's standing based on winners. Anthony Nunes leads with 33 winners, Wayne DaCosta is next on 23, and Gary Subratie in third on 18.

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