Derby appeal dismissed
The full commission yesterday dismissed the appeal brought by the connections of FUTURE KING and confirmed the decision of the raceday stewards to disqualify him from first in the June 25 Cal's Jamaica Derby over 2400 metres at Caymanas Park.
In a marathon session at the Hagley Park Road offices of the Jamaica Racing Commission yesterday, the parties deliberated for nearly nine hours before the commissioners handed down their ruling in this landmark appeal, which saw the Wayne DaCosta-trained FUTURE KING, the 2-1 favourite with Robert Halledeen aboard, disqualified and placed third and first place awarded to third past the post ORPHEUS with champion jockey Shane Ellis riding for trainer Anthony 'Baba' Nunes.
The raceday stewards deemed that Halledeen resorted to intimidatory tactics in the straight by angling out his mount into the path of the challenging BIGIGDADDYKOOL, ridden by the apprentice Linton Steadman and ORPHEUS on the outside and amended the result - ORPHEUS the winner, BIGDADDYKOOL second and FUTURE KING relegated to third.
The connections of FUTURE KING were represented by attorney-at-law Jeffrey Mordecai, a part-owner of the classy three-year-old colt.