Typewriter gallops away with Horse of the Year award
Orville Clarke, Gleaner Writer
TYPEWRTITER, who turned in the performance of 2014 by winning the Superstakes for the second consecutive year, was yesterday named 'Horse of the Year' by a 15-member panel comprising representatives of the press and officials of Caymanas Track Limited.
As a five-year-old last season, the bay horse by Western Classic out of Docs' Paladin won four races from nine starts and stakes of $4.2 million for owners Robert and Valentine Chung and trainer Spencer Chung.
TYPEWRITER beat out champion sprinter POTCHEEN and the 2013 derby winner PERFECT NEGHBOUR (in that order) for the coveted award, the Ian Parsard-trained POTCHEEN winning the Caribbean Sprint Championship and Gold Cup at the back-end of the season to secure first runner-up.
In addition to 'Horse of the Year', TYPEWRITER was voted Champion four-year-old and up and Champion Stayer and Champion Local Bred Horse.
Derby and St Leger hero, RELAMPAGO, from the stables of Anthony 'Baba' Nunes, was voted Champion three-year-old, stable-companion ALACRANN (Champion two-year-old), the Parsard-trained PETE'SWILDONE (Champion imported horse) and POTCHEEN (Champion Sprinter and Champion Middle Distance Performer).
Ryan Darby, who saddled 35 winners in 2014, was voted Most Improved Trainer, and young O'Brien White, the top apprentice last season with 45 wins, was named Most Improved Rider ahead of Robert Halledeen, Jevanne Erwin and Orlando Foster.
Recipients of other awards based on statistics are as follows:
Wayne DaCosta - Champion Trainer
Dane Nelson - Champion Jockey
Elite Bloodstock Limited - Champion Owners
McGarvay Phipps - Champion Groom
HAM Stables Limited - Champion Breeder
Traditional - Champion Sire
Jettish - Champion Broodmare