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Friday, August 31, 2018

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NINE HORSES CLAIMED ON SUNDAY

Nine horses were claimed on the 10-race programme at Caymanas Park on Sunday, August 26, 2018.

Steven Todd claimed Ballon D'Or for himself from Arnold Rambally Jr; Ray Philips claimed Foot Soldier for himself from Welsh Soutar and Howard Jaghai claimed Minniffia for owner Willie's Racing Stables from Lance Richards from the seventh race. All claims were made for $350,000 each.

In the eighth race on a $180,000 claiming tag, Michael Beecham claimed Princess Brianna for owner David Reid from Tyrone Prince; Lawrence Fremantle claimed Steve's Real for owner Aston Ramsay from Ray Phillips; Junior Panton claimed Fiery Path for himself from Donovan Russell; Victor Williams claimed Court Call for owner Desmond Nathan from Rudolph Hardial and Ian Roberts claimed Laguna Point for himself from Steven Todd.

Edward Stanberry claimed Kanaloa for himself from Anthony Nunes for $550,000 from the ninth race.

A SEH SOUP FINALLY A WINNER

After 15 attempts A Seh Soup, trained by Rowan Mathie, was able to release her maiden tag when she won the first race over six furlongs (1,200m) on Sunday at Caymanas Park.

The bay filly's victory was enhanced by a change in equipment as the visor was removed and A Seh Soup delivered.

Ridden by Dick Cardenas, A Seh Soup broke well but the field had to watch Virtuoso (Omar Walker) blazing the trail. A Seh Soup, continued to bide her time, and eventually challenged the leader and in deep stretch before moving on to win in easy mode by three-and-a-half lengths in 1:15.2. Virtuoso was second with It's A Rap (Harriston Lewis) third.

SECOND WINNER FOR ROY MATHEWS

Twilight Princess, ridden by Doushane Gordon, romped home by five lengths in a maiden condition race on Sunday, giving trainer Roy Mathews his second win for the 2018 racing season.

Twilight Princess ( Twilight TimeMy Dear Tudor) sat just off the pace as debutant Mrs Awesome (Shane Ellis) took the lead and set the early splits. In the lane, Twilight Princess took off to win the six-and-a-half furlong (1,300m) event in a time of 1:26.0.

Squit (Anthony Thomas) and Astro (Mellisa Ward) followed the winner to wire in that order.

NO MISTAKE BY BALLON D'OR

Racing at the Overnight Allowance level in his last three starts without having an impact, Ballon D'Or stepped down to a $350,000-$300,000 claiming tag and made no mistake when coming home comfortably by five lengths over eight-and-a-half furlongs (1,700m).

Ballon D'Or bided his time against the inside rails, rounding horses running the half mile (800m) and picked up the lead approaching the final bend and that was it.

Gary Richards had very little to do in deep stretch as Ballon D'Or wasted no time and came home tro score another win. Foot Soldier (Anthony Thomas) finished second, Cheers (Oneil Scott) third and Minniffia (Javaniel Patterson) fourth. The final time was 1:48.2.

US TRIPLE CROWN-WINNING JOCKEY MIKE SMITH TO BE HONOURED BY NTWB

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Triple Crown-winning jockey Mike Smith will be honoured by the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters with the Mr Fitz Award.

The Hall of Fame rider will receive the award, named for long-time trainer “Sunny Jim” Fitzsimmons, for typifying the spirit of racing at the group's 59th annual awards dinner on October 31 in Louisville, Kentucky.

Smith rode Justify to a sweep of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont this spring for horse racing's second Triple Crown in four years. The 53-year-old Hall of Famer will be in Louisville to compete in the Breeders' Cup world championships at Churchill Downs. Smith is the all-time leading rider in Cup history with 26 wins and nearly $36 million in purse earnings.

Others to be honoured at the NTWB dinner are former jockey Donna Barton Brothers, who will receive the Jim McKay Award for excellence in broadcasting; publicist Jim Gluckson, with the Joe Palmer Award for meritorious service to racing; and Daily Racing Form writer Marty McGee, with the Walter Haight Award for career excellence in turf writing.

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