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Bowen stages upset
in Oaks as part of triple
AUBURN, Washington---Barbadian jockey
Rocco Bowen produced an upset in the
US$79 250 Washington Oaks on Sunday
when he guided longshot Little Dancer
to a thrilling victory in the feature at
Burdened with the longest odds in the five-
horse field, the 28-year-old Bowen combined
with the bay filly to edge the three-year-old
fillies by half length in a trip over a mile and
eighth, in a time of one minute, 50.05 sec-
Heavy favourite Top Quality finished last.
"It's a horse race, anything can happen,
but I had confidence in this horse," Bowen
He added: "I wanted to commit her early
and try to judge the pace. I know Javier (Ma-
tias) likes to slow things down, so I didn't
want to let him [aboard Daddyalwayssays]
get away on me."
Daddyalwayssays produced the early
splits, laying down 23.85 seconds for the
quarter-mile and 49.11, with Little Dancer
chasing from second and Top Quality tracking
from third while fending off Blazinbeauty.
Bowen brought Little Dancer up to chal-
lenge at the quarter-pole, sparking a duel
with the pace-setter which carried into the
stretch, with Little Dancer getting up in the
The victory was the first stakes win for the
Ron Schmidt-owned filly who finished fifth
in the Irish Day Stakes last month.
Bowen's success was one of three on the
day's 10-race card for the defending cham-
pion who also carved out victories in race one
with 2-1 chance Amantha and in race seven
with 3-1 bet Deputy Commander.
Going six furlongs, Bowen paired with the
bay filly Amantha to beat the three-year-old
maiden fillies by three-quarters of a length
in a front-running effort.
In contrast, Bowen left it late with eight-
year-old bay gelding Deputy Commander
before getting the better of the three-year-
old and upwards going a mile. (CMC)
Third time lucky for 'Rhos'
Rhosneigr is strong-
ly-fancied to make
amends for a recent
unlucky defeat in an
Stakes over seven fur-
longs of 'soft' Ffos Las
today; this twice-raced
Iffraaj colt 'worked
well' on Saturday under the watchful eye of leg-
endary ex-trainer, Barry Hills.
Now 80, 'the old man' as he's classed, still has his fin-
gers on the 'Faringdon' pulse and intends keeping son
Charles on his toes for a long time yet; still amazes me
how Barry refers to youngsters for 'next season' which
is indeed inspirational.
This is a 'numbers game' but Charles isn't matching
anything like the totals amassed since Barry and myself
teamed up during the early part of this incredible cen-
tury; my first stint began in 1985 when he advertised,
in the now-defunct Sporting Life, for a two-year-old
handicapper but, without mobile phones in those days,
it was difficult to have necessary direct 'at hand' contact.
My loyalty remains with BW Hills who sent out more
than 3,000 winners during a 43-year(s) career; one proud
statistic was the first flat winner at this 'new' Welsh ven-
ue, ridden by Michael Hills who, incidentally, rode more
than 2,000 winners!
Rhosneigr swerved away a winning opportunity at
Leicester last month when David Probert suddenly
switched his whip through close home and cracked him
left side without warning, or necessity.
Immediately Rhosneigr, a strong galloping type,
swerved away to his right and surrendered far more than
two lengths he was beaten by Maksab.
On the time-handicap Rhosneigr represents a serious
betting proposition under another veteran, jockey Steve
Drowne, who regularly rides work for Hills and is often
given due reward. You can't beat experience!
Incidentally Probert was available, he only has one ride
today, at Chelmsford where Bomad represents a good
bet in the six-runner Novice Stakes over six furlongs of
polytrack on the back of an auspicious debut earlier this
A similar comment applies to Ginbar in a Novice
Auction Stakes over five furlongs at 'soft' Nottingham.
Juveniles will justify close scrutiny from now on.
Anderson triple leads Jamaican clean sweep
SASKATOON, Saskatchewan---JockeyJodeien Ander-
son shone with a triple to lead a Jamaican domi-
nation of the seven-race card at Marquis Downs
Riding at the western Canada racetrack, Anderson
snatched wins in race two with Envoy to Benghazi, in
race four with Wilko Whiskey and in race seven with
Not to be left out, fellow Jamaican Neville Stephenson
posted a brace, capturing race one with favourite Aunt Hil-
da and race five with another favourite Knife Fork Zoom.
Victories by Garfield Gordon and Carlton Malcolm en-
sured a clean sweep of the card for the Jamaicans. Gordon
paired with 3-1 chance Bambazonki to win race three in
a front-running effort while Malcolm combined with
odds-on bet Fungo to score in race six over 6-1/2 furlongs.
Stephenson tops the standings with 16 wins, two clear
of Trinidadian Naim Samaroo in second with another
Trinidadian Shawn Samuel third also on 14.
Anderson lies fifth on seven wins.
It was his performance, however, that made all the
headlines. He kicked off his success in a seven-furlong
trip, guiding four-year-old bay filly Envoy to Benghazi
to a 4-1/2 length over the three-year-old and upwards.
Going off at odds of 5-1, the pair chased Rose Kid, du-
elled before grabbing the lead and pulling away in the
His victory aboard 7-1 chance Wilko Whiskey was
even more dominant as he made all the running with
the four-year-old gelding over six furlongs to trounce
the three-year-old and upwards by 4-3/4 lengths.
And Anderson brought the curtain down on the pro-
gramme when he teamed up with three-year-old gelding
Macoumba Cat to to slam the three-year-old and upward
maidens by six lengths, in a six-furlong trip. (CMC)
Apprentice jockey Rico Hernandez in crouched position on Kentucky Woman as the horse flies to the winning pole at Santa Rosa Park
on Saturday, to win the Handicap 3 Y.O. & Over Horses Rated 25-0 on the 22nd day of local Racing. PHOTO: RALPH BANWARIE
Barbadian Rocco Bowen & won the feature Washington Oaks.
Under: (Last Tuesday)
1 pm ..................................11-15
4 pm ................... .............25-18
6.30 pm............ ................. 8-31
PICK TWO SELECTIONS
1-2-6-13-16 Mx: 3
1 (Centipede) 10.30 am
32 (Shrimp) 4 pm
2 (Old Lady) 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
29 (Opium Man)
34 (Blind Man)
LAST DRAW: MONDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS TUESDAY, JULY 25, 2017
4 (Dead Man) 1 pm
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
02 OLD LADY
04 DEAD MAN
05PARSONMAN 4 8 9 4 25
15SICKWOMAN3 6 3 2 13
18WATERBOAT 7 6 5 4 22
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
27 LITTLESNAKE 4 7 1 6 18
28 RED FISH
29OPIUMMAN 5 6 3 6 20
30HOUSECAT 5 4 5 0 14
31PARSONWIFE4 64 6 20
34 BLIND MAN
35 BIG SNAKE
18 (Water Boat)
Ffos Las, 2.00 Rhosneigr
Nottingham, 6.20 Ginbar
Chelmsford, 6.30 Bomad
SPEEDING TO THE FINISH
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