Orville Clarke, Sunday Gleaner Writer
Title-chasing jockeys Dane Nelson and Omar Walker continued their intense rivalry for the jockeys' championship at Caymanas Park yesterday, both accounting for five winners on the Jamaica Racehorse Trainers' Association Day programme.
Nelson, however, came out on top, thanks to three winners in 10-1 outsider RAJ KAPOOR in the third race, the 1-9 favourite ROCKETMAN for trainer Philip Feanny in the Richard Ashenheim Memorial Cup for maiden two-year-olds, and DOC HOLIDAY at 9-5 for trainer Richard Azan in the closing race.
Walker, meanwhile, replied with two winners. These were 1-5 favourite HOLOGRAM SHADOW for in-form trainer Patrick 'Wacky' Lynch in the eighth race and 6-5 favourite MAMA BLOSSOM for trainer Gary Subratie and leading owner W.B. Racing in the Jamaica Racehorse Trainers' Association Trophy over 1200 metres.
Nelson thus pushed his season's tally to 106 wins, while Walker has 103 with only four racedays remaining in 2013. Both have some live mounts on today's programme, especially Nelson who has secured eight rides.
MAMA BLOSSOM, who was always prominent, circled the leader I'M A BELIEVER coming into the straight and moved away to win the JRTA Trophy race by 21/4 lengths from 8-5 chance AWESOME CODE with Nelson aboard.
In other races of note, Feanny posted odds-on favourites BUBBLING ANGELINE and ROCKETMAN to win the two-year-old races, while THE GUV (4-1) with Aaron Chatrie aboard, produced a late flurry to catch WILLIE GOLDSMITH (9-5) on the line in the open allowance sprint.
The two races over 800 metres straight confined to exercise riders were won by the favourites SUPER DAVE (Ricardo Ewar up) and BUSY, ridden by Tevin Foster, the younger brother of apprentice Orlando Foster. The speedy SUPER DAVE held on in a driving finish from POCKET MONEY, ridden by female exercise rider Natalie Berger.
THE JRTA honoured four of their own (Richard Donaldson, Tyrone Prince, Carl Anderson, Monica Edwards) on the afternoon for their contribution to racing over the years.