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Race day for mums

Lindon Yarde

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When the BTC’s second racing season gets into gear today at the Garrison Savannah, three of the island’s top trainers will resume their rivalry in the feature event.
The eight-race Happy Mother’s Day card, which is set to begin at 1:45 p.m., features the Mother’s Day Handicap for three-year-old and older horses rated 100 to 82 and also open to horses rated 81 and below over 1 570 metres.
Champion trainer Anderson Ward sends three in Captain Sully, Island Memories and Run For Your Money.
Fourth-placed Andrew Nunes will be looking for Vapour Trail to deliver the goods. However, runner-up trainer Richard Deane is expected to have the last laugh as Just A Fashion is expected to win again without breaking a sweat.
The final day of the recently concluded first racing season provided several exciting finishes, among them the race for the trainers title, which was eventually taken by Anderson Ward.
Victories by High Tide, Super Lady and Vitality, all for Blue Diamond Racings, pushed his final earnings to $168 055, striking at a win percentage of 13.
Ward’s charges secured ten wins, 13 seconds and eight third-place finishes from 77 starters. It was the first time in over a year that the champion trainer of 2011 and 2012 had won three races on a card.
Vitality’s victory in the Grandstand Posse Plate Handicap was testimony to him landing this year’s Sandy Lane Spa Sprint Stakes And Trophy at the same trip.
It also brought plenty of smiles to the faces of the Blue Diamond Racing supporters as their stable has been going through a drought when compared to the high standards they have set when striking regularly on any given race day.
Richard Deane, although gathering the most wins (15), supported with 12 seconds and 14 thirds, had to settle for second position with final earnings of $163 270. He sent 100 starters to the post, which secured him a 13.5 win per cent.
Deane’s season glory clearly is the imported juvenile Just A Fashion, who reeled off four wins, none more impressive than winning the Fresh Milk Trophy Handicap for horses rated 72 to 90 over 1 570 metres.
The Aysha Syndicate’s colt cantered to a three-length win that left some racing enthusiasts already rating him highly.
Victor Cheeseman came with a late flurry and was able to finish a close third with earnings of $160 798. That total was achieved with 11 wins, six seconds and three thirds from the 68 runners sent out, which saw him win at 16 per cent.
He gave warnings of his intentions for the Classics with a one-two finish from charges Princess Di and Aquatic Star in the Grandstand Posse Barbados Fillies Guineas a Grade I event for West Indian-bred three-year-olds over 1 570 metres.
Original leader Andrew Nunes, with a win percentage of 16, simply could not keep up his momentum and was forced to settle for the fourth position, having earned $151 212. He sent out 55 starters who won 9 races, 5 seconds and 11 third places.
My Picks:
Race 1: Desert Man
Race 2: Wild Cat Tea
Race 3: Belly Dancer
Race 4: Rickoshey
Race 5: Jamaica Moon
Race 6: Just A Fashion
Race 7: Wild Orchid
Race 8: Johnny Sad Boy