Riders hurt in last-race spill at the track
Orville Clarke, Sunday Gleaner Writer
Yesterday's 10-race programme at Caymanas Park was marred by a spill approaching the home turn in the closing race over 1300 metres for the O&S Tack Room Trophy, this involving four horses.
THORNHILL LAD, who was racing prominently in third, behind the eventual winner CRUCIAL APPEAL (6-1) and 6-5 favourite FRANFIELD leaving the 600-metre marker, stumbled and fell, decking jockey Oneil Mullings in the process.
This triggered a quick chain reaction with FRANGIPANI also losing his rider, Delroy Beharie. The riders of UNCLE G (Aaron Chatrie) and RULES OF THE CAT (O'Brien White) were also thrown from their mounts.
hospital for observation
Veteran jockey Mullings and young White sustained injuries and both were rushed to the First Aid Post. A large crowd converged on the area where the First Aid Post is situated in the official car park eagerly awaiting news of the two riders. It is understood that Mullings sustained a leg injury and was taken to hospital for observation. White received chest injuries.
Meanwhile, the Eddie Hamilton-trained THORNHILL LAD snapped a foreleg and had to be euthanised as a result.
CRUCIAL APPEAL, who completed a fabulous four-timer for title-chasing jockey Dick Cardenas on the card, won by three lengths from FRANFIELD under champion jockey Dane Nelson, with BARS OF GOLD (7-2) finishing third in a field of 15. The winner, a 4-y-o chestnut gelding by Crucial Trial out of Late Appeal, is owned by Hamark Farms and trained by Patrick Lynch.
Hamark Farms also won the day's co-feature, the inaugural running of the Saint Cecelia Trophy (open allowance) over 1300 metres, with the fleet-footed three-year-old filly BUBBLING ANGELINE, who completed a hat-trick of wins.
Installed as 4-5 favourite with former champion Percy Williams riding for 14-time champion trainer Philip Feanny, BUBBLING ANGELINE made all impressively to win by 61/2 lengths in the smart time of 1:18.1 behind splits of 23.2, 45.3 and 1:11.0 for the first six furlongs.
Cardenas, meanwhile, passed the post first on five of his rides, but the stewards struck in the seventh race over a mile, disquaifying HOLOGRAM SHADOW (5-1), who had scambled home in a three-way photo finish from the 47-1 outsider AMICABLE and PRINCESS SHINE (5-2). Cardenas was penalised for intimidatory riding against apprentice Sadiki Blake aboard the Spencer Chung-trained AMICABLE, who was awarded the race.
With this four-timer, Cardenas has assumed the lead from Nelson in the championship race, moving to 63 wins with Nelson on 60.