Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : October 14th 2014 Contents EDMONTON---Rico Walcott put any lingering fears about his
form to rest, by winning half the races on Friday s eight-race
programme at Northlands Park in Canada.
The Barbadian reinsman captured race three with Venturous
Gal, race five with Super Amazing, race six with Alley s Big Dream
before rounding off a superb outing at the Alberta racing oval with
another victory in race eight aboard Lasting Spice.
Walcott, who endured a lean patch for a couple of race days
recently, leads the colony with 127 wins in the season that is sched-
uled to wrap up October 25.
Scott Williams is second on 67 wins with Barbadian Damario
Bynoe and Ismael Mosqueira tied in fourth on 43 wins.
Walcott, closing in on his fourth consecutive Northlands title,
opened his account in a 5-1/2 furlong sprint for two-year-olds,
carrying 2-1 chance Venturous Gal to victory by a neck over fast-
finishing favourite Big Ernie, with Bynoe aboard.
Venturous Gal stalked from the rails before gaining the lead at
the top of the stretch and holding well at the wire.Walcott followed
up with favourite Super Amazing, taking the four-year-old bay
filly to a handsome win over the three-year-olds and upward fillies
Going six furlongs, Walcott and Super Amazing duelled with
Thunder Citation and Alexandria Royale through the half-mile
run in 47.30 before getting clear to reach the wire 5-1/4 lengths
Walcott s third success came in a mile trip when he carved out
a clinical ride to take Alley s Big Dream to a 4-3/4 length victory
over the three-year-olds and upward.
Canyon On Fire and Thataboy Max led early on but Walcott
pressed the pace with the three-year-old bay gelding before taking
the lead on the final turn and racing to the wire.
Walcott wrapped up his fourth win in in style, making all the
running over six furlongs with the eight-year-old bay mare Lasting
Spice, to trounce the three-year-old and upward fillies and mares
by 1-1/2 lengths. (CMC)
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Shakopee is a confident time-handicap
selection for division two of the Maiden
two year old Stakes over seven furlongs
of good to soft Leicester today; Luca
Cumani s charge went into so many one
to watch notebooks after an auspicious
debut at Brighton last month.
Ridden by Lewis Mendoza, and obviously
a completely un-fancied 25/1 chance,
Shakopee hunted up the heavily-backed
favourite Fieldsman, finishing only one and
three-quarter lengths behind with the rest
seven lengths and upwards in arrears.
That usually illustrates solid form; Field-
sman went on to supplement gains by
(again!) making all under top-weight at
Epsom nursery and third home, Plieades,
scored at Beverley a few days later!
Shakopee is obviously a potential first
division prospect and it will be both a sur-
prise and disappointment if this High Chap-
paral colt doesn t improve on that eye-
catching debut and go one better, mount
of Tom Frankel Queally.
Division one is by no means so clear-cut
on the TH but Hamdan al Maktoum-owned
Atab shaped well first-up when fifth of ten
(beaten just over two lengths!) by Jelly Mon-
ger in a Salisbury maiden; considerable
improvement is expected from this New
Approach filly and significantly, not to men-
tion shrewdly, trainer Charles Hills is taking
advantage of the 5lbs fillies allowance. 2lbs
per length over this distance!
Running tandem will be another eight-
race programme on a good to soft New-
castle surface which shouldn t pose any
problems for twice-raced Game Pie in the
opening Maiden two year old Stakes over
the straight mile.
Game Pie stays well, is clear best-in and
though Muqtaseer will probably improve
for debut experience Roger Varian s charge
has a mountain to climb on the actual time-
4. 0 Atab (e.w)
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NB: Racing a Sali b y wa aband ned.
The ef e, ace n mbe ed , 0, 4, 7, 0 & 3
we e cancelled.
R : 1 (7) Light Years 4-1; 2 (2) Captain Jinks 11-2;
3 (4) Vodka Rocks 7-1. NRS 6, 8 & 11.
R : 1 (4) Modus Tollendi 5-1; 2 (5) Tripartite 12-1;
3 (1) Pontedera 17-10. NRs 8 & 10.
R3: 1 (6) Krazy Paving 11-4; 2 (12) Winnng Hunter
8-1; 3 (9) Pressure 4-1. NRS 3, 4, 7 & 11.
R4: 1 (1) L'Aigle Royal 8-15; 2 (2) Istimraar 12-1.
R5: 1 (11) Tribal Code 5-1; 2 (6) Carlisie 12-1; 3 (1)
Kingofmountain 4-1. NR 9.
R7: 1 (3) Cosmic Ray 4-1; 2 (7) Little Riggs 11-2; 3
R8: 1 (6) Roserrow 11-4; 2 (3) Clock On Tom 20-1;
3 (8) Skyfire 15-8. AR.
R9: 1 (2) Autodrome 15-2; 2 (8) All Knowledge 9-
2; 3 (1) Skype 7-1. NR 3.
R : 1 (8) Isabella Bird 7-1; 2 (7) Heho 7-1; 3 (1)
Pashan Garh 20-1. NR 10
R : 1 (3) Montoya's Son 11-2; 2 (6) Runswick
Days 5-1. AR
R 3: 1 (1) Princess Creo 6-1; 2 (2) Princess
Chichibu 33-10; 3 (14) Sun Silk Star 16-1. NRS 3,
R 5: 1 (5) Geordan Murphy 9-4; 2 (8) Memoria 8-
R : 1 (6) Langley House 9-2; 2 (1) Midnight
Streamer 5-1; 3 (5) Danceintothelight 4-1. AR
R 8: 1 (16) Kinglami 8-1; 2 (9) Midnight Rider 14-1;
3 (3) Withernsea 7-1. NR 4
R 9: 1 (4) Muwalla 11-4. AR
R : 1 (6) Tullia 8-1; 2 (4) Sweet Martoni 4-1; 3 (2)
Grevillea 9-2. NR 3.
R : 1 (1) Brave Spartacus 7-2; 2 (5) Claude
Carter 8-1; 3 (8) Needwood Park 50-1. AR
R 4: 1 (4) Latin Charm 7-2; 2 (5) Roskilly 8-2; 3
R 5: 1 (1) High Talk 16-1; 2 (2) Supapowers 5-2.
R : 1 (7) Rideonastar 6-1; 2 (1) Gleese The Devil
4-1; 3 (6) Bella Varenna 7-1. NRS 2, 5, 8, 13 & 14.
Oaks and King George hero-
ine Taghrooda was hailed "an
absolute star" after connections
confirmed she had run her last
The daughter of Sea The Stars
was a stunning winner of the
Epsom Classic in early June, but
it was her victory against her
elders and the males at Ascot
that confirmed John Gosden s
charge as an exceptional filly.
Her unbeaten record went up
in smoke when she suffered a
shock defeat in the Yorkshire
Oaks, but she once again showed
her true colours when finishing
third from a wide draw in the
Prix de l Arc de Triomphe at
Taghrooda will now be retired
to take up broodmare duties for
owner-breeder Sheikh Hamdan
Al Maktoum early next year.
Paul Hanagan partnered
Taghrooda in five of her six starts
and identified the filly s cool
demeanour as being a key attrib-
Hanagan said: "I owe her a
lot. She s done wonders for my
career. "I knew the prestige of
the race (King George) but I ll
never forget the ovation we both
got coming back in.
"It was a massive day for the
team and I was delighted for
"She was a very tough filly.
She stayed well, but she did have
a turn of foot.
"The main thing was her tem-
perament. She was an absolute
joy to ride, she made my job very
easy. She s done us proud."
Sheikh Hamdan s racing man-
ager, Angus Gold, said: "The Arc
was always going to be her last
run and that has now been con-
"She s been an absolute star
for us. In all my time, the only
other filly we ve had of that class
is Salsabil, which shows you how
rare they are.
"She (Taghrooda) is blessed
with so many things. She has
more speed than I expected from
her pedigree. She is bred to stay,
but I was surprised with how
much speed she has, but I sup-
pose that comes down to her
class and quality. She also has
the most incredible temperament
and I think that is probably the
best thing of all about her.
"She has been a joy to work
with and John and his team have
done a fantastic job with her all
(La T e day)
5-33 --- 10.30 am
9-3 --- 6.30 pm
6, 13, 16, 17, 20
5-7-4-1 5- -7-8
Times played this year
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30 pm Total
01 CENTIPEDE 8
02 OLD LADY
04 DEAD MAN
05 PARSONMAN 13 7 5 25
15 SICK WOMAN 3
18 WATERBOAT 5 9 2 16
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30pm Total
27 LITTLESNAKE 7 7 3 17
28 RED FISH
29 OPIUM MAN
30 HOUSE CAT
31 PARSONWIFE 2 9 3 14
34 BLIND MAN
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: MONDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
Play Whe results to October 13
8 (Tiger) 1 pm
35 (Big Snake) 10.30 am
15 (Sick Woman) 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
34 (Blind Man)
(La T e day)
28 (Red Fish)---10.30 am
32 (Shrimps)---1 pm
32 (Shrimps)---6.30 pm
Walc land f a
N hland a i le l m
H band e- ake lead
wi h f n - nning eff
TORONTO---Patrick Husbands won twice on
Wednesday s eight-race card at Woodbine, produc-
ing two front-running efforts, to re-take the lead
in a heated jockeys championship in Canada.
The Barbadian reinsman scored in race one over
six furlongs with 2-1 chance Pankhurst and returned
in race two over a mile and sixteenth to win with
3-1 bet Command Force.
Husbands now has 127 wins for the season but is
only one clear of Mexican Luis Contreras, the three-
time defending champion.
He had lost the lead briefly last week after a couple
lean returns at the Etobicoke racing oval.
Brazilian Eurico Rosa da Silva, the 2010 champion,
lies third on 106 in a jockeys championship that has
turned into a three-way race.
Husbands opened his account on Wednesday when
he piloted Pankhurst to a 1-3/4 length victory over
the two-year-old fillies.
He broke the bay filly nicely and made all the run-
ning in the contest, posting sharp early fractions of
22.70 seconds for the first quarter and 45.78 for the
half-mile, before coasting to the wire virtually unchal-
In race two, Husbands unfurled another gate-to-
wire effort, this time with the bay gelding Command
Force, to beat the three-year-olds and upward.
The pair set a reserved pace to churn out fractions
of 24.64 seconds and 48.74 and was nearly three
lengths clear of the stalking Papiamento turning for
Nine-to-one chance Millioninthemaking produced
a late rally but Husbands got Command Force to the
wire under a strong drive to win by half-length.
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