THE (DIGICEL) JAMAICA DERBY DAY 2008

 

THE 2008 (DIGICEL) JAMAICA DERBY DAY was launched at Ham Stables Limited, Old Port Henderson Road, St. Catherine on Tuesday, May 27, 2008. The raceday is scheduled for Saturday, June 14, 2008.

 

Yvonne Wilks (Head of Corporate Affairs) spoke on behalf of the sponsor Digicel, while Mr. Denzil Miller Jr. (Racing Secretary), spoke on behalf of the promoter, Caymanas Track Limited.

 

On Saturday, June 14, 2008 Caymanas Track Limited in association with Digicel will stage THE 88TH running of THE JAMAICA DERBY (GR.IR).

This prestigious day of racing will offer 12 races headlined by three sponsored races and a total purse package of $11,680,000 inclusive of $4,000,000 from Digicel.

 

THE RACES ARE:

 

The 88th running of THE (DIGICEL) JAMAICA DERBY (GR.IR) for a total purse of $5 million inclusive of $2.0 million from the sponsor, Digicel.  The race is restricted to Native Bred Three-Year-Olds over 2400 metres or 12 furlong. The Derby will be run in honour of the first Chairman of the Jamaica Racing Commission, Sir John Mordecai.

 

The 8th running of THE DIGICEL IRISH JAMAICAN STAKES (GRI.) for a Total Purse of $1,500,000 inclusive of $850,000 from the sponsor, Digicel.  This is a handicap race for the Native-Bred and Imported Three-Year-Olds and Upward over 1300 metres or 6 ½ furlongs.

 

The 4th running of THE DIGICEL JUVENILE STAKES for a purse of $750,000 inclusive of $400,000 from the sponsor, Digicel.  This event is for Native-Bred Two-Year-Olds (Maidens & Untrieds) over 600 metres straight or 3 furlongs.

 

 

The purses of the remaining nine (9) races on THE DERBY DAY CARD are as follows: six races will receive an additional $100,000 to its purse and the remaining three will receive an additional $50,000 to its purse compliments  of DIGICEL.

 

 

 

 

 

THE 88TH  running of THE (DIGICEL) JAMAICA DERBY (GR. IR)

 

 

THE DERBY was first run in Jamaica in 1921 and was won by a horse called BUCK DANCER.   Since its inaugural running all Breeders, Owners, Trainers, Jockeys and Grooms not only have as their sole aim the winner’s share of the $5 million purse of $2.7 million, but mostly the Prestige, the Pageantry, the Tradition and the Glory that comes from winning or competing in the greatest Classic in any horseracing jurisdiction in the world, THE DERBY.  Added to that dream, is the fact that a thoroughbred has ONLY ONE chance in its racing career to compete in THE DERBY.

 

THE (DIGICEL) JAMAICA DERBY (GR.IR) is run over the grueling distance of 2400 metres or 1.5 miles and is a true test of speed, stamina, courage and class of these Beautiful Thoroughbreds.  It is also the second leg of THE JAMAICAN TRIPLE CROWN, which is made up of THE GUINEAS CLASSICS, THE DERBY and THE JAMAICA ST. LEGER.

 

Over the past 87 years some magnificent thoroughbreds have galloped their way into the history books and the hearts of millions of fans who have walked through the turnstiles of Knutsford Park and Caymanas Park since 1921:-

 

BUCK DANCER 1921                             TERREMOTO 1998

TAM O’ SHANTER 1958                        GOOD PROSPECT 1999

LEGAL LIGHT 1977                               I’M SATISFIED 2000

ROYAL DAD 1981                                  AWESOME POWER 2001

PRINCE CONSORT 1986                       SIMPLY MAGIC 2002

MONDAY MORNING 1987                    A KING IS BORN 2003

LIU CHIE POO 1988                                   DISTINCTLY IRISH 2004

THE VICEROY 1989                                   MIRACLE MAN 2005

MILLIGRAM 1992                                  RANSOM MAN 2006

WAR ZONE 1996                                    THE BOMBER 2007       

                                                                       

                                                                                 

 

This year THE DERBY sponsored by Digicel for the fourth time, will be a clash of some very talented horses whose owners have employed the services of professional Trainers, Jockeys and Grooms to assist them in making their dream come true.

 

 

 

 

The top contenders expected to face the starter for their date with destiny in the 88th running of THE (DIGICEL) JAMAICA DERBY (GR.IR) are:  The Jamaica 1000 Guineas (GR.IR) and The Jamaica Oaks (GR.IR) Heroine ALSAFRA, The Jamaica 2000 Guineas (GR.IR) hero, ROYAL IMAGE, The Governor’s Cup (GR.IR) winner IT IS I and MINISTEROFJUSTICE runner up in The Governer’s Cup (GR.IR). Like years before, a grand showdown is in the making at Caymanas Park on Saturday June 14, 2008.

 

Others expected to start are: 

 

LEONIDAS                            LITTLERICHBOY               EVANDER

GOOD HOPE                         JOSIEWALES                                    REGAL SELECTION

COMMANDER ZERO          GAMBOA                               GOOD HOPE

GIRL OF MY DREAMS        STAR OF THE SEA               MR. BLAIR

 

DERBY CONDITIONS

 

FOR NATIVE-BRED THREE-YEAR-OLDS (FOALS OF 2005)

 

PURSE: $5,000,000    DISTANCE 2400M

WEIGHT: COLTS & GELDINGS .. .. 57 KG       FILLIES .. .. .. .. .. 55 KG

 

TRACK RECORD: 2:29:0 APPEAL COURT 50 KG (H.ANDERSON-A.COMMOCK) AUGUST 28,1976

STAKES RECORD: 2.30:1 THE VICEROY 57KG (W.GRIFFITHS – P. FEANNY) JUNE 3, 1989

 

TRIPLE CROWN CONTENDERS

 

 

ALSAFRA – 55 kg

ROYAL IMAGE – 57 kg

Breeding

CHF Legal Process -Tee-Gee-Vee by D’Accord

BC Image Maker-Royal Grind by Arctic Groom

Foaled

April 9, 2005

January 25, 2005

Owner

Sherman Clachar & Norman Gordon

(Have never won the Derby)

Elias Haloute

(Won the Derby in 1998 with Terremoto)

Trainer

Fitznahum Williams

(Have never won the Derby)

Anthony Nunes

(Won the Derby in 1998 with Terremoto)

Jockey

Brain Harding (Champion in Jamaica & T&T)

(Won the Derby in 2006 with Ransom Man)

Shane Ellis (Champion in Jamaica)

(Won the Derby in 2001 with Awesome Power)

Groom

Authors Spencer

O’Neil McFarlene

Breeder

Henry Jaghai O.D.; J.P.

Argyll Farms LTD

Racing Career

10 Starts - 4 (wins), 0 (2nd), 2 (3rd), 0 (4th)

2 (unplaced)

7 Starts - 5 (wins), 2 (2nd), 0 (3rd), 0 (4th)

0 (unplaced)

Career Earnings

$3,743,650

$3,106,900

Graded Wins

The Jamaica 1000 Guineas (GR.I)-1600m

The Jamaica Oaks (GR.I)- 2000m

The Jamaica 2000 Guineas (GR.I) -1600m

The Prince Consort Stakes (GR.I) - 1400m

Preparation

Won her prep race for June 14 Derby engagement on April 26 (Jamaica Oaks, over 2000m) in 2:07:1

Won his prep race for June 14 Derby engagement on May 17 (Open Allowance, over 1820m) in 1:57:1

Last Gallop

Cant 10F Gallop 6F in 1:17:0 on May 24

Cant 8F (chute) on May 26

Running Style

Lead / Stalk

Lead / Stalk

 

THE JAMAICA DERBY (GR.IR) PAST WINNERS AT CAYMANAS PARK

 (Native‑Bred Three‑Year‑Olds)

(1 1/4 Miles 1921 ‑ 1930)  (1 1/2 Miles 1959 – 2004)

*** BLACK‑TYPE RACE ***

  

     HORSES            OWNERS               TRAINERS             JOCKEYS            TIME        WGT

 

1959 Blush                 Andrew H.B.Aguilar   Gerald Skelton       Arthur Jones     2:41.0    121

1960 Sunnydene             T.F.Zaidie           T.F.Zaidie           A.Douglas        2:42.0    126

1961 Princess Royal        P.W.Chung            Sydney Watson        Kenneth Mattis   2:39.4    121

1962 Saumarez              C.D.Alexander        Aston Commock        S.Williams       2:39.4    126

1963 Thank You Sir         A.Tai Sue            Allan Williams       Clifford Stewart 2:41.3    126

1964 Duesbury              James W.Hardie,      Michael Silvera      Winston Ellis    2:41.4    126

                           Dr.S.C.Dryden & Dr.V.Magnus     

1965 Rumpelstiltskin       A.N.S.Jackson        E.Cliggott           Arthur Jones     2:37.4    126

1966 Ska (1)               J.Deschamps,         Robert A.Hale        Kenneth Mattis   2:42.0    122

                           V.Chin Loy & Lucien Chen 

1967 Creation              The Fugitives        Laurie Silvera       Winston Ellis    2:39.3    126

1968 Rameses               Tony MacKenzie       Arthur E.McKenzie    Donlad Andrade   2:38.3    126

1969 Buckchaser     James W.Hardie &     Allan Williams       Kenneth Mattis   2:40.0    126

                           Dr.V.Magnus        

1970 Royal Crest           R.Zaidie             R.Zaidie             Albino Ubidia    2:37.2    126

1971 Reprieve              James W.Hardie       Aston Commock        Richard DePass   2:37.0    126

                    & Dr.V.Magnus

1972 Balladier             Miss Constance       Nigel B.Nunes        Jose Bravo       2:38.3    126

1973 King Pin              Mrs.M.Chung          Oswald Lee           George HoSang    2:36.4    126

1974 Titania               Mrs.Hazel Chen       Michael Silvera      George HoSang    2:41.0    121

1975 Tudor Wit      Melvin Park Stud &   Syndney Watson       Emilio Rodriguez 2:34.2    126

                           Stables           

1976 Reca            Reynold A.Gonsalves  Reynold A.Gonsalves    George HoSang    2:38.2        126

1977 Legal Light     Jack D.Ashenheim     Allan Williams       Fitzroy Glispie    2:37.0     126

1978 Zell           Kenneth Chai         Howard McKenzie      Fitzroy Glispie    2:36.3     126

1979 Lucky Ole Sun   Nigel B.Nunes        Nigel B.Nunes        Emilio Rodriquez   2:35.1        126

1980 Black Knight    Ira Ferguson &       Aubrey Pinnock       Fitzroy Glispie    2:38.3        126

                     Mrs. W. Wainwright

1981 Royal Dad       Leslie Hoo &         Kenneth Mattis       Winston Griffiths  2:32.4        126

                     Ferdinand C.Swaby

1982 Cesario         Mrs.Diane Chin       A.Pearson            Neville Anderson   2:34.0        126

1983 HelloPoochieLui Okala Stables        Philip Feanny        Neville Anderson   2:32.4        121

1984 Thornbird       Fast Lane            Wayne DaCosta        Emilio Rodriguez   2:34.4        121

1985 D's A Legend    Dennis Howell &      Kevin Mattis         Andrew Ramgeet     2:34.0        126

                     Steve Bryan      

1986 Prince Consort  A. Lee & H.Dallas    Philip Feanny        Winston Griffiths  2:33.3        126

1987 Monday Morning  P.T.A.               Enos Brown           Everton Miller     2:30.3        126

1988 Liu Chie Poo    Brah Syndicate       Philip Feanny        Winston Griffiths  2:33.3        126

1989 The Viceroy     The Roman Syndicate  Philip Feanny        Winston Griffiths  2:30.1        126

1990 DistinctlyNative Kenneth Gooden      Allan Williams       Winston Griffiths  2:35.0        121

1991 Poorlittlerichgirl Gee Bee           G.A.Bucknor          Hubert Bartley     2:33.0        121

1992 Milligram       The Frozen Four      Philip Feanny        Winston Griffiths  2:34.4        126

1993 Restless Babe   Mr. C. Williams      Andrew Nunes         Andrew Ramgeet     2:32.3        121

1994 Wells Fargo     Frozen Four          Philip Feanny        Charles Hussey     2:35.2        126

1995 Dorval          Richard Azan         Richard Azan         Neville Anderson   2:35.3        126

1996 War Zone        Edmund Thomas        Wayne DaCosta        Andrew Ramgeet     2:34.3        126

1997 Mr.Lover Lover  Silver Meadow Farms  Adin Williams        Hubert Bartley     2:38.3        129 

1998 Terremoto       Elias Haloute        Ant. Nunes           Charles Hussey     2:38.2        126

1999 Good Prospect   Flame Syndicate      Wayne DaCosta        Andrew Ramgeet     2:37.0        121

2000 I’msatisfied    Joseph Duany         Philip Feanny        WinstonGriffiths   2:40:1        126

2001 Awesome Power   Mercedes Gold        Patrick.A. Chang     Shane Ellis        2:36.2        121

2002 Simply Magic    David Willers        Philip Feanny        Winston Griffiths  2:36.2        121

2003 A King Is Born  Hamark Farms         Philip Feanny        Winston Griffiths  2:37.1        126

2004 DistinctlyIrish Hamark Farms         Philip Feanny        Winston Griffiths  2:34.3        126

2005 Miracle Man     Josephh Duany        Allan Williams       Allen Maragh       2:36.3     126

2006 Ransom Man      Darrington Ferguson  Eraldo Fullerton    Brian Harding      2:35:1 126

2007 The Bomber            Rosiedoll               Patrick Lynch        Winston Griffiths  2:38:2      126

(1) Sunfisher won but was disqualified for prohibited substance.