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Tuesday, August 07, 2018

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ANTHONY THOMAS CONTINUES TO EXTEND LEAD

With just over four months to go in the 2018 racing season, leading rider Anthony Thomas made his intention crystal clear when he rode three winners on the 10-race card at Caymanas Park on Saturday, opening up a 22-win lead over former champion Shane Ellis.

Thomas' winners were Pizarro in the second race for trainer Lawrence Freemantle; Jolly D for trainer Anthony Ferguson in the third; and Lady Carmen in the seventh for trainer Errol Waugh.

Thomas, who started the day on 60 winners moved to 63 wins, with Ellis, who was winless on the day, stuck on 41 winners. Dick Cardenas is third on 40 winners — nine clear of apprentice Oneil Scott in fourth on 31 winners. Also doing well is Linton Steadman who is in fifth spot on 26 winners. Defending champion Omar Walker is struggling to find the winners as he occupies sixth spot on 23 winners. Rounding off the top 10 are Dane Nelson (22 winners — in Canada), Aaron Chatrie (18 winners), Robert Halledeen (18 winners) and Oneil Beckford (18 winners).

MELLISA WARD NOTCHES FIFTH WIN

The 2018 racing season at Caymanas Park is proving to be a very good one for the female apprentice riders.

On Saturday Mellisa Ward was able to win her fifth race for the year when she won aboard Pythagoras Theorem for trainer Ryan Williams, who was winning his second career race.

Ward pushed Pythagoras Theorem right in front from the off an made every post a winning one in a dominat two-and-three-quarter lengths win over the fivefurlong (1,000m) straight course.

Pythagoras Theorem stayed with the field for about the first two furlong before drawing away in the end to score over Uncle Wal (Anthony Thomas) and Boss Izzy (Dane Dawkins) with a final time of 59.1.

TOWNSEND, BUDHAI COMBINE FOR FIRST WIN

Four-year-old chestnut filly Ricqualia released her maiden tag at Caymanas Park on Saturday, giving trainer Raymond Townsend and jockey Chalrick Budhai their first winner for the 2018 racing season.

Running over a mile (1,600m) in the maiden special weight event for native-bred four-year-olds and upward, Ricqualia went in front from the off and never looked back, as she came home in a time of 1:47.2.

Ricqualia faced challenges from Sweetie Girl and General Mubaraak approaching the final bend, but when Budhai stepped up the tempo the Dodgem offspring just sprinted home for an emphatic win in the end.

Sweetie Girl (Devon A Thomas) finished second with General Mubaraak (Bebeto Harvey) third.

RARE WINNER FOR TRAINER FREEMANTLE

Trainer Lawrence Freemantle scored a rare winner on Saturday's 10-race card when Pizarro romped home in the second race over the five-furlong (1,000m) straight course.

Ridden by Anthony Thomas, Pizarro broke well and stayed with the field for the first half of the race before the sixyear- old chestnut gelding pulled away inside the final furlong and a half (300m) to score by two lengths over Gaga Lady (Prince Holder), Sure Step (Phillip Parchment) and Valderrama (Linton Steadman), in that order.

The final time was 1:01.0. The win was Freemantle's second win from 36 starts this season.

TEN HORSES CLAIMED ON SATURDAY

The claiming box was busy on Saturday as 10 horses were claimed on the 10-race programme at Caymanas Park.

Rudolph Hardial claimed Milagro for owner Teddy Levy from Ryan Darby; Keisha Lawrence claimed Determine King for herself from Phillip Elliott; Steven Todd claimed Pizarro for owner Patrick McKenzie from Lawrence Freemantle; Randolph Scott claimed Valderrama for owner Kelvin Kelly from Anthony Nunes; and Winchester McIntosh claimed Sure Step for owner Warrington McLean from Norman Rose from the second race.

All these claims in the second race went for $250,000. Dinner By Seven was claimed from Gregory Forsyth by Lincoln Lungs for owner Glendon Drummond; Fortuneonehundred was claimed from Donovan Plummer by Dennis Lee for himself; and Jolly D was claimed from Anthony Ferguson by Errol Pottinger fo owner Unruly Connection from the third race. All these claims were made for $350,000.

In the eighth race on a $180,000 claiming tag, Patrick Chang claimed Royal Girl for owner Richard White from Johnny Wilmot, and Marvin Campbell claimed Heat It Up for owner Andrew Donalds from Steven Todd.

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