Apprentice Raddesh Roman, who was hit with a 10-day ban by the stewards of the Jamaica Racing Commission on Tuesday, emerged Saturday’s leading rider at Caymanas Park with two winners on the 10-race card.
Roman’s winners were CAIRO, in the second event at five furlongs straight, and SUMMER SUN, for the team of owner Carlton Watson and trainer Wayne DaCosta.
The apprentice is due to begin his suspension next Saturday, October 26, after being found to have not allowed his mount, DEEP BLUE SEA, to run on its merit in the fourth race on Sunday, October 6.
Meanwhile, leading owner, Watson and Michael Bernard, whose horse’s race under the nom de plume, Michros, exchanged telling victories on Saturday’s 10-race card in their battle for the 2019 championship.
Bernard, hunting his first owners’ title after losing a close battle with Elite Bloodstock, going down on trophy value in 2012, started the day $69,700 behind Watson but soared ahead in the fourth race when his two-year-old debutant, Richard Azan-trained 8-1 upsetter, NIPSTER, won the $1.1m Front Runner Sprint, earning $600,600.
However, Watson, who has won the title once, responded with, 6-5 favourite, SUMMER SUN, in the fifth event at nine furlongs and 25 yards, before his 13-1 upsetter, BAND OF GOLD, landed the seventh for combined earnings of $900,900.
Racing continues on Monday, Heroes Day, with leading trainer Anthony Nunes sending out 16 runners on the 10-race card. Nunes is looking to extend his stakes lead, which champion Wayne DaCosta has reduced for the last four race meets, inclusive of SUMMER SUN and big-race victories by stable stars, STRANGER DANGER and SHE’S A MANEATER in the recent Invitational Mile and Superstakes, respectively.