Balloting for ‘Horse of the Year’ and other awards not based on statistics by a 17-member panel comprising members of the press and Caymanas Track Limited (CTL) officials, is under way and early indications are that the 2015 derby and Diamond Mile winner SEEKING MY DREAM will be crowned ‘Horse of the Year’ by unanimous acclaim. Voting will conclude tomorrow inside the CTL Racing Office at Caymanas Park.Trained by 15-time champion Wayne DaCosta for Member of Parliament Derrick Smith, SEEKING MY DREAM enjoyed a record-breaking season. He won the two richest races on the calendar – the Cal’s Jamaica Derby in June with a purse of $7 million and the inaugural running of the Supreme Ventures Diamond Mile on December 5 which offered a record purse of $13.5 million, both with the season’s leading money-winning rider Omar Walker aboard.Having finished second in the 2000 Guineas, St Leger and CTL Invitational Mile on November 14, SEEKING MY DREAM pushed his 2015 earnings to a record $14.2 million, well clear of stable-companion PERFECT NEIGHBOUR in second with $5.1 million and Superstakes winner FRANFIELD in third with $4.9 million.Bred by Sherman Clachar and Norman Gordon, the chestnut colt by Seeking The Glory out of the 2008 Triple Crown winner and Horse of the Year Alsafra was never worse than second in 10 starts last year – winning five races and finishing second in five as well.SEEKING MY DREAM should also be named champion three-year-old, champion middle-distance performer and champion native-bred horse.hoping for top awardsAs far as DaCosta is concerned, his horses should sweep the top awards. Speaking at Caymanas Park on New Year’s Day, the trainer said:”Seeking My Dream is unchallenged for Horse of the Year, having won the two biggest races on the calendar last year, while Perfect Neighbour who captured important races such as the Gold Cup and Harry Jackson Memorial Cup looks a cinch for first runner up, champion stayer and champion four-year-old and up”, he predicted.”The second runner-up award could be close between my horse Poker Star and the consistent grade-one campaigner Uppa Tune, but Poker Star is a safe bet for champion sprinter and Future King the obvious choice for champion two-year-old,, argued DaCosta.The Horse of the Year Committee will also choose the most improved trainer from a list of four nominees – Harry Parsard (30 wins), Donovan Plummer (19 wins), Marlon Anderson and Neive Graham with 17 wins each as well as most improved jockey from a list comprising Robert Halledeen (72 wins), Paul Francis (52), Shamaree Muir (43), Aaron Chatrie (38) and Jevanne Erwin (36).
LONDON (CMC):The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has recruited the services of Former Middlesex and Sussex batsman Toby Radford as batting coach for its series against Pakistan in the United Arab EmiratesWICB’s chief executive officer Michael Muirhead says Radford has been hired just for the series against Pakistan, which involves three T20Is, three ODIs, and three Test matches from September 23.warm-up gameThe T20 players, who have already arrived in Dubai, start their tour with a warm-up game against Emirates Cricket Board XI at the ICC Academy on Tuesday.”He has been contracted just for this series,” WICB CEO Michael Muirhead said in an interview with ESPNcriinfo.”He knows the youngsters well and had done well, especially with them. We’ll engage as and when we need him.”Radford worked as assistant coach under former head coach Ottis Gibson when West Indies first won the World T20 in 2012.Radford will work alongside Henderson Springer, who has been appointed caretaker coach after the controversial dismissal of Phil Simmons last Tuesday.
MORE THAN A MIDFIELDER Mackison said he is determined to be more than a midfielder who scores goals, however, but wants to assist his team in winning games. “I promised my coach that I want to score 20 or more goals this season and give as many assists as possible to help the team,” he said. “We will just continue to do the good work and don’t get complacent and keep on working hard.” Asked about his team’s title chances, he said: “Definitely, KC can win this year. I am positive I can continue scoring and help to lead the way,” he outlined. Averaging almost two goals per game so far, the player will be hoping to lead his team again with a win over Ascot High when KC play them at the National Stadium at 3 p.m. today. “I am doing good so far, we just need to keep training hard and continue the good work and always remain focus and calm and follow the coach’s instructions,” he stressed. Kingston College (KC) attacking midfielder, Rashawn Mackison, is backing himself to score around 20 goals and provide many assists this season’s ISSA/FLOW Manning Cup football campaign, as he hopes to lead the ‘Purples’ to a long-awaited Manning Cup title. The quiet, but skillful player dictates KC’s plays and orchestrates their attack from the centre of the park each game. Courtesy of Mackison, a man of the match on the three occasions that KC have won, he has netted seven times, despite missing two penalties against Denham Town. He scored four goals in that game, one in the St Mary’s College opener and two against Papine High, last Friday. “This season, I trained a lot harder in pre-season, I am a lot older now and I have more experience,” he noted of improvements that have brought more success.
Tomorrow’s well-supported 11-race programme at Caymanas Park offers no Pick-9 or Super-6 carry overs, but with the races having a competitive look about them, punters should be on guard for upsets.The Pick-9, with a guaranteed minimum of $1 million, will embrace races three to 11, the Sunrise Super-6 from race one to six, and the Twilight Super-6 from race six to 11.We look at the first Super-6, which gets under way with a restricted allowance race over 1820 metres (non-winners of three) to be contested by seven four-year-olds and up.They include super fit SWEET DIMENSION and sparingly raced TURBO MACHINE CAT. It should be a straight fight between the two.SWEET DIMENSION just failed to stave off STIR IT UP over a mile last Saturday and, all in all, she has been a model of consistency. With only 52.0kg, the 4-y-o daughter of War Marshall – Brown Sugar should bring race fitness into play and stave off TURBO MACHINE CAT, who is out for the first time since finishing 17 lengths’ sixth to MR AMBASSADOR over 1500 metres when last raced on June 30 in better company.Next on the programme is a two-year-old maiden special over the round-five course for the Winnie Anglin Memorial Cup in which eight fillies have been declared. .LOOKING SHARPThe field includes four debutants, the most forward of whom is DON’T BLUSH BABE, a bay filly by Twilight Time out of Hishi Blossom, to be ridden by apprentice Anthony Thomas for veteran trainer Norman Palmer.She, along with fellow newcomer LAWS OF THE CODE (also working well) and the Gary Subratie-trained VICE ROYALTY, who chased home the highly thought of ARMAGEDDON on her recent debut over 1100 metres, should decide the outcome. Having looked sharp at exercise recently, galloping three furlongs in 35.0, DON’T BLUSH BABE is tipped to make all in this quick sprint.VALLEY OF QUEENS caught the eye when running on to finish 1 3/4 fourth to KING WITHIN over 1100 metres on September 24 and should provide the in-form claiming apprentice Dane Dawkins with yet another winner in his quest for champion apprentice. The eight-horse field is nothing much, and the Robert Darby Sr-trained VALLEY OF QUEENS should lead home WICKED TUFF and BALA BAD GIRL LINKS.A CUT ABOVEThe fourth race over 1200 metres for $180,000 claimers looks tailored for the down-in-class COPPERFIELD , who beat CHEERS by a length over 1300 metres on July 20, but finished lame in his subsequent race behind CRUISING MOTION some weeks ago. The three-year-old son of Fearless Vision – Pik A Trix looks a cut above $180,000 claiming and should account for BARS OF GOLD and CLEARLY OURS in a bid for his third career win. COPPERFIELD will again be ridden by star apprentice Linton Steadman for topline trainer Anthony ‘Baba’ Nunes, who saddled ACADEMY AWARD to win the Trinidad derby last Saturday at Santa Rosa Park.PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, the country’s top stayer, should win the fifth race, the grade one Governor General’s Stakes over 2000 metres for the third straight year ahead of the 2015 Superstakes winner FRANFIELD and the 2015 St. Leger winner SUPERLUMINAL. Then close all bets with back-to-form JUNIOR DON with apprentice Bebeto Harvey in the sixth race over a mile.FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES(1) SWEET DIMENSION/TURBO MACHINE CAT(2) DON’T BLUSH BABA/VICE ROYALTY(3) VALLEY OF QUEENS940 COPPERFIELD/BARS OF GOLD(5) PERFECT NEIGHBOUR(6) JUNIOR DON/JESSIE JAMES
STUDENTS’ TRIBUTES “I’m sorry I didn’t get to tell you you’re someone I admired a lot and I always wanted to be like you in terms of academics and your playing style. Love you, Dominic Alessandro James,” shared Taffarel Hamilton. There were a few words of regret as well, as some wished for one more opportunity to see him face-to-face. “I’m sorry I didn’t get the chance to tell you how much I love you and that I’ll do everything that I can just to see that angelic smile of yours. I’m elated to have met you and that we’ve had so much wonderful moments together,” wrote Alex Marshall. Others tried to console themselves with the fact that Dominic was no longer in pain and that he was in a better place. “Sometimes we all wonder why God takes the most beautiful souls, but do you ever notice when you pick a flower, you pick the most beautiful one? Well that’s you,” signed Jonathan and Matthew Wilson. It is clear that Dominic’s spirit will remain with this team. The hashtag #WEDOITFORDELLY has become a rallying cry for STGC as they continue their search for schoolboy football glory. And the young men gave the assurance that Dominic would never be forgotten. D’Andro Segre said, “His kind-hearted spirit will surely be missed and never forgotten,” while Romario Harding probably summed it up best: “Your spirit will always be with us. We never say DIE!! WIN, LOSE, OR DRAW!” It is amazing that one so young could leave such an indelible mark. The tears have not yet begun to dry after the death of Dominic Alessandro James, the unquestioned leader and captain of the St George’s College (STGC) Manning Cup team. On September 20, mere minutes into STGC’s match against Excelsior High, Dominic collapsed to the turf. Despite being rushed to hospital, it was to be the last time he featured on a football pitch. A promising footballer and bright young man had heard the final whistle. There is an archaic notion that boys aren’t supposed to cry. But there was not a dry eye at the mini-stadium that afternoon as players and officials from both teams openly wept. Since Dominic’s passing, the same young men he led out into battle in light blue and white have been expressing their love for him. Their words, printed in two pages of the Sunday Gleaner of September 25, a day before Dominic’s 19th birthday. The written expressions give real insight into the team, no, the family, of which Dominic was a major part; and perhaps he was its very core. In times of grief, words can prove insufficient to fully describe the emotions. But the team did its best to make sure the world knew how they truly felt. Teammates described ‘Delly Ranks’, as Dominic was affectionately known, as a “role model”, “a loving brother”, “a motivator”, and “a wonderful leader”. In a day and age when young men are accused of shying away from their feelings, several members of the team openly expressed how they loved Dominic. “You’ve been a great friend, brother, and leader. I love you and I miss you,” wrote Damani Harris. Paul Young Jr echoed those sentiments when he penned, “Words cannot truly express how I feel about you. I will always love you, Dominic Alessandro.” Others expressed admiration for how Dominic carried himself.
VIENNA (AP):Andy Murray closed in on the No. 1 ranking by winning his third straight ATP title at the Erste Bank Open yesterday.The Scot can overtake Novak Djokovic atop the ATP rankings next week if he wins the Paris Masters and the Serb doesn’t reach the final.”I get a step closer with every win, but it’s still a long way from here,” Murray said. “From two to one seems a small jump in a way, but it’s the hardest one to make. To go from 100 to 50 is more spots, but is a lot easier.”In yesterday’s final, Murray defeated Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-3, 7-6 (6) for his personal-best seventh title of the season, and 42nd overall. Djokovic has also won seven events this year.”I was thinking more about how you are going to win the match rather than what it would mean if you did win it. But obviously, it’s nice to win my seventh tournament,” Murray said. “A lot of them have come in the last few months. After the Australian Open, I struggled a little bit for a couple of months, but the last few months have been very good.”Murray extended his unbeaten streak to 15 matches after also winning in Beijing and Shanghai.”I think I played my best tennis of the tournament today. That’s pleasing, obviously, as you want to improve as an event goes on,” he said.The 15th-ranked Tsonga, who was the 2011 champion, appeared in his first final of the season, which has been marred by adductor and left knee injuries.GREAT WEEK”It was a positive week for me. It was very good to be in the final,” Tsonga said. “I played good tennis. It was nice to play five matches in a row. It hasn’t happened many times these last couple of months.”Murray advanced to the final after defending champion David Ferrer pulled out with a left leg injury, while Tsonga saved a match point in his 2 1/2-hour semi-final against Ivo Karlovic on Saturday.Murray, who also won in Vienna on his only previous visit in 2014, dominated yesterday’s final from the start. He raced into a 3-0 lead by taking 14 of the first 19 points of the match.He avoided break points in his games, and missed a set point on the Frenchman’s serve at 5-2 but clinched the opening set the next game with his second ace.Murray conceded just two points on his way to a 2-0 lead in the second set. but started to struggle with his first serve as his percentage dropped to 18 halfway through the second set.He hit a forehand long on the only break point for Tsonga to help the Frenchman level at 4-4.Murray missed his first match point in the tiebreaker as he netted a forehand return, but closed out the win on his second chance with an ace.
Michael Clarke, who guided Calabar High to five consecutive titles since 2012, also supported his colleague’s view. “There are not too many meets,” argued Clarke, who also guided St Jago High and Jamaica College to Boys’ Champs titles. “I believe that there are not enough. These meets bring success globally. I also do believe that there are not enough after Champs,” he pointed out. “The school meets which assist in the development of the athletes are sanctioned by the JAAA,” Clarke added. Meanwhile, JAAA’s general secretary, Garth Gayle, is fully in support of the number of meets on the calendar. “No. The meets are not too many,” Gayle said strongly. “Jamaica enjoys a very vibrant and thorough athletic programme renown all over the world.” “Recently, the CEO of the IAAF attended the Kirkvine meet and he was impressed, especially at the number of competitors who participated in the meet,” Gayle recounted. Gayle disclosed that for the past six years there have been JAAA calendar conferences, where plans were put in place for the various meets. “We have a serious calendar conference, where planning is done. Jamaica have been renown for putting on high quality meets. We need to do more to develop more global stars,” Gayle concluded. ALL IN AGREEMENT Despite a total of 93 track and field meets on the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) 2016-17 calendar year, some top coaches see the need for more. The coaches believe that the meets have assisted in the development and successes of top Jamaican stars due to their constant exposure to top-level competition. “I don’t think there are too many meets as we have different levels in order to properly develop athletes,” said David Riley, president of the Jamaica Track and Field Coaches Association. “There are not enough meets as the (school) athletes have to qualify for Boys and Girls’ Athletic Championship’s each year. Based on that, the meets are certainly not enough. Most meets don’t cover all events,” Riley added. “Last weekend at the Camperdown Classics, the only qualifying events there included the 4×100 metres relay, 800m, 1500m and 100m. There are very few opportunities for qualification,” the Excelsior High school head coach and founder of The Technique Lab added.
The female sprint hurdlers were in scintillating form at the beginning of Day Four of the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Athletics Championships, with four records being broken inside the National Stadium during the semi-finals. Britany Anderson (Vere) was smooth in removing Shanette Allison’s first round record of 13.30 seconds in the Class Two girls 100m hurdles, running across the line in an amazing 13.04 seconds in her semi-final win, finishing ahead of Ray-donna Lee (Hydel), 13.53 and St Jago’s Kimeone McLeod, 13.62. Allison, 13.69, recoverd to book her place in Saturday’s final with a third place finish in her semi-final, which was won by Daszay Freeman (Manchester), 13.37 with Rosealee Copper (St Jago), 13.50 taking second. St Jago’s Crystal Morrison became the first Class Four girl to run under 11 seconds in the 80m hurdles with a blistering 10.98 seconds win in her semi-final round run. Running in the opening semi-final, Morrison got out strongly and held off another medal favourite Ackera Nugent (Excelsior), who finished second in 11.20, with Velecia Williams from Hydel taking third in 11.25 seconds. The second semi was won by Holmwood’s Dyandra Gray (11.35), who finished ahead of St Jago’s Thennelle Williams, 11.48 and Vere’s Yanique White 11.59. Wolmer’s Janeek Brown lowered the Class One 100m hurdles record with a 13.53 win in her semi-final bettering Peta-Gay Williams’ 13.58 seconds run in 2015. That mark only lasted a few minutes, however, as Gabrielle McDonald (Edwin Allen) took the mark even lower, stopping the clock at 13.52 seconds in her semi-final.
Ariel Vanguardia. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoenix head coach Ariel Vanguardia couldn’t help but watch Glen Rice Jr. put up hotter flames than the Fuel Masters could muster when they lost to TNT, 110-103, Friday in the PBA Governors’ Cup. Rice scored 38 points to lead the KaTropa but eviscerated Phoenix for 20 points alone in the third quarter and that explosion helped TNT take an 86-79 over the Fuel Masters.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ “We put multiple defenders on him, and we forced him to drive because we know that he can shoot,” said Vanguardia at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “But today he was on attack mode and we weren’t able to a good job when he attacked.”Rice went 1-of-3 from beyond the arc and just one attempt from mid-range, and the he converted 13 of his 20 shots from inside the paint.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’And if Rice got trapped inside, his next move was to kick out to open teammates for jumpers.Vanguardia said they could’ve held on to their slim lead after the first half, 49-46, if they managed to at least slow Rice and TNT down in the third quarter. Phoenix did score 30 points in the penultimate period, a highly respectable mark, but the KaTropa put up 40.“TNT scored 40 points on the third and if not for that explosion in the third quarter it would’ve been better for us because we were leading in the half,” said Vanguardia whose team now sits with a 2-6 record, and riding a six-game skid.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Phoenix import Brown: ‘We’re not a well-respected team’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite View comments Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES
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