Erwin stars with three-timer at Caymanas
Jevanne Erwin highlighted yesterday's mid-week programme at Caymanas Park with three winners, including 3-1 chance AWESOME MARQUE for trainer Andrew McDonald in the Roderick 'Pilot' Francis Memorial Trophy (claiming $180,000) over 1200 metres.
His other winners were 8-5 favourite LORD STORM for veteran owner Alex Hamilton and trainer Anthony 'Baba' Nunes in the fifth race for four-year-olds and up over the straight and the Dwight Chen-trained STAR OF DAVID at 4-1 in closing race again over the straight for maiden three-year-olds.
As a result, Erwin pushed his season's tally to 11 to hold down sixth position in the jockeys' standings - nine behind the leader, Omar Walker, who extended his lead over Robert Halledeen ((18 wins) with a double comprising ONE GREAT TRAIN (3-1) for trainer Harry Parsard in the second race and the stretch running 6-y-o mare, MISS BOSS LADY, at 7-1 for trainer Fitzgerald Richards in the sixth race for $450,000 - $400,000 claimers over 1820 metres.
AWESOME MARQUE ran out a convincing winner of the 'Pilot' Francis Memorial Trophy race, chasing the leader, STAMP OF AUTHORITY (3-1), and disposing of him on the inside from early in the straight to beat him by 3L. The 6-5 favourite, DOC HOLIDAY, a recent winner, ran below expectations (apparently) to finish well-beaten in the 10-horse field.
Halledeen also got among the winners, the in-form jockey booting home 8-5 second favourite HOVER CRAFT to an easy victory in the eighth race over 1700 metres for overnight allowance horses.
Never far off the pace as LOCKED AND LOADED (78-1) and the 6-5 favourite, RAGING PROSPECT, alternated in the lead, HOVER CRAFT was produced three wide entering the straight and quickly disposed of the leaders to win by 33/4 lengths from highly fancied MILITARY MOVE and the late-closing 36-1 outsider, DEO VOLENTE, in a field of 10.
Meanwhile, CTL has paid tribute to veteran 'Hall of Fame' trainer Sydney Watson, who died on Tuesday at age 84.
Although he never won the championship, Watson was one of the most popular trainers in over 60 years, racing not only at Caymanas Park, but at Knutsford Park in the '50s.
Watson, who was also a noted breeder and proprietor of Melvin Park Stud and Stables in the '70s, saddled numerous big-race winners, including two derby winners in PRINCESS ROYAL (Kenneth Mattis up) in 1961 and TUDOR WIT (Emilio Rodriquez up) in the colours of champion owners Melvin Park in 1975.
The management and staff of CTL has extended condolences to his family, other relatives and friends.