Mid-week three-timer for Halledeen
Jockey Robert Halledeen highlighted Wednesday's nine-race programme at Caymanas Park with three winners, including 4-1 chance ARIZONA GOLD in the restricted allowance feature for the Henry George Harrison Sr. Memorial Cup over 1300 metres.
Halledeen, who was second to Shane Ellis in last year's jockeys' championship, enjoyed his best day of the season. In addition to the Lawrence Freemantle-trained ARIZONA GOLD, he won the second race over the straight aboard 9-1 chance FIFTYONESTORM for trainer Marlon Anderson and the fourth with 3-5 favourite SOUND OF MIRACLE for owner/trainer Stedman Curtis.
ARIZONA GOLD came through in the last furlong to win by 1-3/4 lengths from the front running KING WITHIN (20-1), who turned for home three lengths clear of CRUCIAL VALOUR (10-1). He found his best stride from early in the straight, sweeping past KING WITHIN midway through the last furlong to post his first win from 12 starts this season.
ARIZONA GOLD is a 4-y-o chestnut colt by Burning Marque out of the Royal Minister mare All In, owned by Lloyd Salmon and bred by Ian Parsard.
On a day when SOUND OF MIRACLE emerged the only winning favourite, Halledeen's mount RAS EMANUEL at 1-2 in the third race over 1100 metres, was one of the biggest to fall. The 4-y-o colt from the stables of Peter McMaster finished 2-3/4 lengths third to the 4-1 winner, BRAVE PROSPECT and the fast-finishing BIGBROWNGREYHOPE in a field of seven.
Former champion Wesley "Callaloo" Henry rode a double comprising STORMING at evens in the first race over 1400 metres and 5-2 chance KINGS OF JORDON in a driving finish in the sixth race over the straight. STORMING, who caught up with long-time leader and 1-5 favourite MR. AMBASSADOR from early in the straight, had to survive a stewards' inquiry and objection from the rider of MR AMBASSADOR, Omar Walker.
Later in the afternoon, the sparingly-used jockey Delroy Beharie won his first race in many moons aboard the Margaret Parchment-trained WHO'S BOSSY, producing the 7-1 chance with a late run to win in a driving finish from fellow 7-1 shot QUEEN OF THE TOWN and evens favourite UNCLE CHUBBY close up in third.