Apprentice top jockey
A new champion emerged at the conclusion of the Barbados Turf Club’s first racing season for 2013 that signed off last Saturday at the Garrison Savannah.
Young apprentice Damario Bynoe won his first apprentice and jockey season title, amassing 12 wins, 12 seconds and seven third-place finishes which tallied $141 875 from 68 rides.
His talent has been recognized by several trainers, with Roger Parravicino largely responsible for giving the young lad the opportunity to fulfil his dream.
The final day of the season will stand out for him as he won three races – on Show Me The Money, Steppin Razor and Verden – which assured him the title.
Rickey Walcott enjoyed his best season in years, finishing second in the standings by scoring ten wins, seven seconds and two thirds from 30 mounts, earning $184 207.
Anderson Trotman, although tied on wins with Walcott, had to settle for third place as he had one less second place than his rival.
Trotman also had ten thirds from 69 rides and earnings of $269 255. Jalon Samuel was fourth, earning $97 890 through eight wins, seven seconds and five thirds in 54 rides.
The two other categories determined by cash earned saw Anderson Ward winning the trainer’s title and his employer Blue Diamond Racing snapping up the owner’s title.
Ward topped the table as nine of the 82 horses he sent out finished in the money for a total of $230 017.
In contrast to main rival Victor Cheeseman’s total purse, one would have to say it was a blanket finish as the overall champion trainer won this year’s first season title by a nose.
Cheeseman’s ten wins, six seconds and seven thirds from 62 starters and earnings of $229 676 grabbed second spot in what has been a very good season for him – highlighted by Nekitta taking the Barbados Guineas and Aston Martin the Tanglewood Stakes and Trophy.
Ever since her Gold Cup triumph with Aristodemus, Liz Deane has returned to her quiet manner of business. She still managed third place as her 56 charges earned $202 732, winning four races, placing five and showing six times.
There were no major surprises among owners, Blue Diamond Racing earning $203 017 in nine races.
Sir David Seale with four wins and accumulated earnings of $188 382 came second, while Gay Smith was third with $145 659, having secured eight wins.