Racing news for Wednesday, July, 2019


Racing news for Wednesday, July, 2019

Friday, July 12, 2019

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Kiaman McGregor continues winning path

Apprentice Kiaman McGregor continues to enjoy good form after winning back-to-back races on the 10-race programme. McGregor won aboard Axle Rod in the third race and Atlantic Blue in the fourth.

Trained by Everal Francis, Axle Rod (Nuclear Wayne – No Money No Honey) easily won an Optional Claiming ($550,000-$500,000) event by 3 lengths over 5-furlongs (1,000m) straight in a time of 1:00.0.

McGregor got Axle Rod off to a good start and was disputing the early lead with rivals before quickening in the last quarter to get the better of 1-5 favourite Crucial Appeal (Anthony Thomas) and Smokey Topaz (Bebeto Harvey).

Atlantic Blue (Strikeitwhileitshot – Luvable), trained by Fitznahum Williams, was also an easy winner, romping home by 7 lengths in a Restricted Allowance event over 7 furlongs (1,500m).

Atlantic Blue came off the pace with a surging run in deep stretch to beat Dezzy The Genius (Odeen Edwards) and Kappone (Samantha Fletcher). The final time was 1:34.3.

Atlantic Blue was winning his third-consecutive race from as many starts.

Ryan Darby notches 11th winner

Trainer Ryan Darby notched his 11th winner for the season when his eight-year-old chestnut gelding Unbreakable won the second race — an Optional Claiming ($250,000-$200,000) event over 6 furlongs (1,200m).

Unbreakable's win was made easier after odds on morning line favourite Big Black Nation was scratched minutes before the start of the race.

It was an even start but Jon Marshall (Javaniel Patterson) soon surrounded horses to take up the lead ahead of Hail Mary (Aaron Chatrie) and Kunama (Anthony Thomas) with Unbreakable on their heels, held tightly by Tevin Foster going into the half-mile turn.

Unbreakable got into a striking position at the three-furlong pole when he moved into second place behind Kunama who had taken over the lead. Foster then produced his mount on the outside in deep stretch and Unbreakable found his footing and powered by to score by 1 lengths over Kunama. Stan Roy (Reyan Lewis) was third in a final time of 1:16.4.

Eight horses claimed

Eight horses were claimed on the 10-race programme.

In the second race, Joseph Thomas claimed Big Black Nation for owner Zelpha Ricketts from Donovan Russell, while Tyrone Prince claimed Jon Marshall for owner Nicholas Miller from Oneil Markland. Both horses were claimed for $250,000 each.

Crucial Appeal was the lone claim in the third as Ian Roberts took the nine-year-old for himself from Alford Brown for $550,000.

In the seventh race, Neive Graham claimed Storm Born for owner Agent Deeks for $450,000 from Norman Smith; Stanley Findlay claimed Christilano for owner Julian Harper for $450,000; Errol Subratie claimed Necromancer for owner Aston Ramsey for $400,000 from Anthony Nunes; Fitzgerald Richards claimed Poker Star for owner Vincent Maine for $450,000 from Oneil Markland; and Edward Stanberry claimed Mr Pantheon for owner Hugal Douglas for $450,000 from Marvin Campbell.

Consistent Poker Star gets there, with slip saddle

Consistency paid off for Poker Star as the former champion sprinter notched his first win for the season after outbattling Mr Pantheon in an Optional Claiming ($450,000-$400,000) spread going over 5 furlongs (1,000m) round. Poker Star, who finished second in his last three runs, won by half-a-length in a time of 1:01.3 with splits of 23.2 and 47.2.

The saddle on Poker Star slipped soon after the gates opened but his rider Christopher Mamdeen was still able to maintain control as speedsters Necromancer (Raddesh Roman) and Strom Born (Tevin Foster) set the early fractions. Coming into the lane, Poker Star drew alongside Christilano (Bebeto Harvey) and Necromancer.

Getting rid of rivals inside the final furlong, Poker Star had to dig in deep to hold off Mr Pantheon with Christilano finishing third. Necromancer initially finished third but was disqualified for causing interference and intimidation to Christilano in deep stretch. It was a fine display of craftsmanship by Mamdeen as he continues to build a strong foundation as a quality reinsman.

Sandori in the nick of time

Five-year-old bay horse Sandori produced a quick change of foot in deep stretch, which got him up in the nick of time to beat Beltane by a head in a Restricted Allowance event over 6 furlongs.

Sandori, with Ameth Robles aboard, wasn't the best to leave the starting gates and was held off the pace as Beltane (Reyan Lewis) dashed into the lead over The Nextbigting (Romario Smith) and Mr Cookie (Phillip Parchment).

As soon as the field approached the 5-furlong point, The Nextbigting took over from Beltane with Sandori showing up in fourth place.

The Nextbigting carried the field into the lane but gave way early as Beltane, on the inside rails, grabbed the lead and looked all over the winner but Robles produced his mount with a late run, and Sandori exploded to pip Beltane where it mattered most. Blood Song (Shane Ellis) came from among the back-runners to get third. The final time was 1:22.3.

Dane Nelson maintains winning form in Canada

Jockey Dane Nelson continued to ride winners in Canada at the Century Mile racetrack in Edmonton, Alberta.

On Sunday last, Nelson rode another three winners.

He opened his three-timer in the third race aboard the Grey Tracy-conditioned Spectrus, who romped home by 2 1/2 lengths in a CAN$5,000 claiming event over one mile on the dirt.

Nelson's second came in the next race when he had an easy ride aboard Sought More Pep for trainer Craig Smith in a CAN$10,000 claiming race over five- and one-half furlongs on the dirt.

The cap came in the seventh race after Nelson steered home Candy Red to a three-length win in a CAN$7,000 claiming race over six furlongs on the dirt. The final time was 1:11.30.

With those winners, Nelson regained the lead in the jockey's championship.

Nelson, with 39 winners, leads by two winners ahead of Rigo Sarmiento on 37 with Wilmer Galviz third with 33.

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