Close going in owners' race

Published: Friday | December 13, 2013 Comments 0

The owners' championship between long-time leader W.B. Racing (Wilbert Bagwandeen) and Carlton Watson tightened significantly last weekend with just over $100,000 separating both owners.

Similar to last year, it promises to go down to the wire, with the CTL complied statistics, which includes the value of trophies, showing W.B. Racing amassing $14,296.150 and Watson right on his heels with $14,130.150.

Both are clear of outgoing champions Elite Bloodstock Limited in third with $12,681.500.

setback

Watson, who is the managing director of Cal's Manufacturing Limited, suffered a setback in his bid to assume the lead last Sunday when his filly, MISS JUANITA, the even-money favourite, suffered grave interference at the half mile in the sixth race, won by HIJA DE REINA, and had to be pulled up.

However, a win by UNBREA-KABLE in the Andrew H.B. Aguilar Memorial Cup on Saturday, followed by a third-place finish by DOUBLE THE HONEY in the open allowance sprint won by POTCHEEN on Sunday, enabled Watson to narrow the gap.

On tomorrow's programme, Watson has a good winning shot with down-in-class TANTALOO in the fifth race for $250,000 claimers and ROYAL VIBES in the closing race over a mile.

Bagwandeen, however, will counter with two highly fancied runners in MAMA BLOSSOM in the 10th for the Jamaica Racehorse Trainers' Association Trophy and WILLIE GOLDSMITH in the ninth race over 1200 metres for overnight allowance horses, not to mention BIGMAN TING in the seventh.

- O.C.

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