Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : May 26th 2014 Contents Mr Lando shouldn t be extended never
mind beaten in the Selling Stakes over
ten furlongs of very soft Leicester today
when there are several other meetings
on yet another Bank Holiday Monday.
This is obviously a confidence booster
for the Shirocco gelding, a close second
in two handicaps on Kempton polytrack
this month; it s necessary to give reward
for thoroughbreds which are game, genuine
and consistent, look at the therapeutic
effect it had on Bear Behind, winner of a
major handicap sprint at Haydock, Sat-
urday, following months in the wilder-
Tom Dascombe s charge won a Thirsk
seller previously, effortlessly.
Although it cost more than £16000 to
buy him back Bear Behind all but recov-
ered that amount two days ago and is now
refreshed and ready to pay his way; coin-
cidentally both are five-year-olds!
Apprentice Ryan Tate has struck up an
understanding with Mr Lando, an exuber-
ant type which needs to be taken down
early and relaxed; against opposition which
is way inferior on my time-handicap, and
official ratings, he justifies a decent betting
This month ends next weekend, it s been
a shocker; slowly but surely we have to
realise the climate has never been the same
since that horrendous Tsunami back in
2004, weather nowadays is so violent,
unpredictable, frightening and all the more
reason why all-weather racing be promot-
ed; some of the surfaces on turf courses
are becoming desperate.
Watering is blamed and I ve long main-
tained such practice has been overdone
but constant flooding, experienced these
past few years, has impacted badly and
left its mark; how many have been dug
up in during the last decade?
Ascot, Doncaster, York and now we hear
Yarmouth will be subjected to wholesale
flattening; is it also such bad news that
Newcastle may well be replaced with an
Statistically AWR has been a tremendous
success, less than 2% of all meeting since
its introduction in 1989 have been aban-
doned and, of course, my modus operan-
di/profit depends on it for serious punt-
If the Midlands fixture is staged and
there s no guarantee after another mon-
soon, Rocking The Boat could well benefit
from a promising debut experience in the
Maiden Stakes over five furlongs against
ten newcomers. Fancied.
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Monday, May 26, 2014
14-7--- 10.30 pm
18-36--- 6.30 pm
Times played this year
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30 pm Total
01 CENTIPEDE 6
02 OLD LADY
04 DEAD MAN 4
05 PARSON MAN 8
15 SICK WOMAN 1
18 WATER BOAT 2
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30pm Total
27 LITTLESNAKE 4 2 1 7
28 RED FISH
29 OPIUM MAN
30 HOUSE CAT
31 PARSONWIFE 1 7 2 10
34 BLIND MAN
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: SATURDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
Play Whe results to May 23
31 (Parson Wife)
TODAY'S STAR BETS
5 (Parson Man)
35 (Big Snake)
32 (Shrimp) 1 pm
1 (Centipede) --- 10.30 am
19 (Horse) --- 1 pm
6 (Belly) --- 6.30 pm
13 (Crapaud) 10.30 am
10.45 Mr Lando
12.25 Rocking The Boat
ELMONT---With clear blue skies and a bright
morning sun beaming down for the first time
since his arrival at Belmont Park earlier this
week, Triple Crown candidate California Chrome
"trained like a monster" yesterday as he continued
his preparations for the Grade 1, $1.5 million Bel-
mont Stakes on June 7.
"He just keeps getting stronger," said Alan Sher-
man, son of and assistant to trainer Art Sherman,
after the chestnut colt galloped two miles around
the track. "I can see it in his stride and the way
he s taking hold of [exercise rider] Willie [Delgado],
he seems to like this track. He s actually put on
some weight since the Preakness.
"This morning, with the way the sun was hitting
him, he was shining like a new penny," he added.
"He looks so good right now."
California Chrome, who would become the Cal-
ifornia-bred to win the Triple Crown should he
add the Belmont to his victories in the Kentucky
Derby and Preakness, has been away from his
home base at Los Alamitos in Orange County,
Calif. since April
"It always takes him a day or two to settle in,"
said Sherman said of the colt s sojourns to Churchill
Downs and Pimlico Race Course. "He s starting
to figure everything out. He stands there and lets
everyone take their photos. He s a big ham. He s
enjoying himself and having fun."
Sherman said California Chrome would continue
to train at 6 am for the foreseeable future, with
his lone scheduled work between the Preakness
and the 1 ½-mile Belmont slated for May 31.
"He s nickering when we get to the barn in the
morning," he said. "He doesn t like to stand around."
Art Sherman, 77, returned to California following
the Preakness and is scheduled to arrive in New
York early next week.
"He s probably missing the horse, but I m sure
he s enjoying the peace and quiet," said Alan Sher-
man of his father.
Ryan Moore was full of praise
for Marvellous after the Aidan
O Brien-trained filly provided
the jockey with a first victory
in the Etihad Airways Irish
1,000 Guineas at the Curragh.
Ballydoyle number one jockey
Joseph O Brien opted to partner
eventual fifth Palace, allowing
the all-conquering Moore to
team up with the 10-1 chance,
who was having only her third
The daughter of Galileo fin-
ished only sixth on her latest
appearance in the Leopardstown
trial on March 30 but proved
too strong for 100-30 favourite
Lightning Thunder in the closing
stages and won by three lengths.
Olly Stevens Lightning Thun-
der, far more narrowly beaten
by Miss France in the Newmar-
ket equivalent, had finished fast
and late on the Rowley Mile but
Harry Bentley sat more promi-
nently in mid-division as Mar-
vellous other stablemate, Won-
derfully, made the running.
Marvellous still had plenty of
work to do as Bentley swept to
the lead with a couple of fur-
longs remaining but her stamina
came into the equation as
O Brien reached the roll of hon-
our for the sixth time in his
James Doyle, who won Sat-
urday s 2000 Guineas on King-
man, finished third aboard the
Dermot Weld-trained Vote
Moore said: "You have to be
very pleased, it was only her
third run, in deep ground.
"She was drawn towards the
outside and was a long way
back. She had to do it the hard
way, she passed nearly the whole
field and you d have to say it
was a really good performance.
"I was taken off my feet after
a furlong and couldn t really hold
my spot. When I asked her, she
picked up, I think she was just
pretty inexperienced during the
"She should get further but
you never know with these
things. I m sure she d be a better
filly on nicer ground.".
Stick with Mr Lando
Marvellous...was having her third start
ELMONT---Riposte, trained by Hall of Famer Bill
Mott for Juddmonte Farms, earned her first North
American win in the Grade 2, $200,000 Sheepshead
Bay on Saturday at Belmont Park.
The daughter of Dansili had been the favorite or
second choice in all of her previous stateside outings,
but some eventful trips from off the pace cost her
a walk to the winner s circle. On Saturday, the Jud-
dmonte homebred took matters into her own hands.
Riposte broke well from the rail under jockey Joel
Rosario and assumed control of the early lead entering
the clubhouse turn. After an opening quarter-mile
in 24.95 seconds, Rosario backed down the pace,
running a half in 51.75 and three-quarters in 1:17.
Down the backstretch, the long-winded filly appeared
very comfortable with her unlikely position on the
Turning for home, the 4-year-old filly had plenty
left in the tank and bounded away from the field in
the stretch to prevail by 1 ¾ lengths.
"There wasn t a lot of speed," said Rosario, "and
going a mile and three eighths and [with] how the
track is I wanted to get in position, and she was in
front. I just tried to take my time with her and try
to go all the way."
Prior to the Sheepshead Bay, Riposte had run exclu-
sively at nine furlongs in the United States, though
that is likely a thing of the past according to Mott.
Riposte covered the 1 3/8 miles over the "yielding"
turf in 2:18.86 and returned $7.20 on a $2 win bet.
The $120,000 winner s purse enhanced her bankroll
Riposte takes G2
continues to train
'like a monster'
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