Jamaican Chow on top
WINNIPEG, Canada (CMC):
Barbadian, Chris Husbands, won twice on Wednesday but Jamaican Chavion Chow maintained a healthy lead heading into the final weekend of racing at Assiniboia Downs, despite clinching just one win on the day's six-race card.
Husbands, the defending champion, won race two with 5-1 chance La Pieta and returned to win the day's final race aboard favourite Truly North.
The double moved Husbands to 50 wins but still seven wins adrift in second of Chow who won with 4-1 bet Stand Up Rita in race one, to grab his only victory.
Guyanese Rohan Singh also won once to move to 50 but sits third in the standings.
With just three race days left in the season, Chow is now expected to wrap up his first triumph at the western Canada racetrack, though both Husbands and Singh remain within striking distance.
Bridgmohan holds off rivals
TORONTO, Canada (CMC):
Jamaica-born jockey Jermaine Bridgmohan held off a late rally from favourite Spadina Road and 2-1 chance Bear No Joke, to carry 15-1 outsider Rexton to a gutsy win in the CAN$125 000 OLG Kenora Stakes here Wednesday.
Going six furlongs, the pair led every step of the way to reach the wire by half-length in a time of one minute, 9.43 seconds, as the John Mattine-trained five-year-old won his first win in five starts this year.
"That was the game plan (setting the pace). John's done a great job with this horse," Bridgmohan said afterward.
"He just ran his race. He's just real fast. I was confident when he was on the lead. He's got a big heart. He ran great."
Antiguans eye medal in Rio
ST JOHN'S, Antigua (CMC):
Despite a disappointing sixth place finish at the recent IAAF World Championships, Antigua and Barbuda's coach Teddy Daley believes the men's sprint relay team can still rebound with a medal at next year's Rio Olympics.
He said the team was a young one and that he expected them to improve significantly over the next year to become a force to be reckoned with.
"I strongly believe that we can medal at the Olympics," he told the Observer Radio's Good Morning Jo-Jo.
"Our guys, they are 19, 20, 21, so physical maturity has not yet been realised. It means, therefore, next year they are going to be stronger."
Antigua were clocked at 38.61 seconds in finishing sixth behind eventual winners Jamaica who posted a world-leading 37.36 to win easily.