There were two instances on Saturday when changes in equipment employed by trainers worked in favour of their charges becoming winners. In the day's third race trainer Rowan Mathie took the blinkers off Bigbrowngreyhope and instead put the cheek pieces on and the result was a six length win for the grey colt ridden by Dane Nelson. Then in the day's seventh champion trainer Wayne DaCosta added the figure eight to Fortuneonehundred and it did the trick. Fortuneonehundred with Dick Cardenas up made all the running from the number one hole and that was that winning by over two lengths.
The Richard Azan trained Piscean Rocket has gained the reputation for being the best 'second' horse in the country. In his last seven races, Piscean Rocket has finished second - six times and the time he did not finish second, he ended in third position. For his second place exploits, Piscean Rocket has for the season earned just over $1.3 million. Racing is an unforgiven endeavour but for sure this four-year-old bay gelding by Traditional - Starry Eyes will have his day in the sun.
Apprentice Prince "Daggerman" Holder warmed the hearts of racing fans with his strong riding style and his never say die attitude when in the saddle. He was one of the batch of apprentice riders who made their debut in September of 2012. In 2013, Holder did well riding winners. Then came 2014 and a drop in form which has left all race goers wondering what is happening with Holder? From 97 rides this season, Holder has visited the winning enclosure only once. On Saturday, he came close with Machu Picchu but was outdone in a driving finish by Paul Francis on Magic City losing by a length. Something is amiss with the young man and the Complete Racing Guide is urging that he resolves his issues and return to winning ways.
There were five claims on last Saturday's 10-race programme at Caymanas Park.
Light Brigade was claimed by Clifford Atkinson Jr, acting as both owner and trainer for $400,000 from the second race.
Simpson for $180,000; This Is It was claimed by Leroy Fearon acting as both owner and trainer for $180,000; and Raja Hindustani was claimed by trainer Rudolph Hardial for owner Marcia Raymond for $180,000 from the final event.