ONeil Beckford, one of 17 apprentice riders who graduated from the Jockeys’ School in September of last year, rode his first winner when 4-1 chance SOJOURNER TRUTH romped the eighth race for $180,000 conditional claimers over the straight five course at Caymanas Park yesterday. A past student of Tacius Golding High in St Catherine, Beckford, 26, could not hide his glee when he passed the post first aboard his 58th ride, standing tall in the saddle with his whip hand raised high in celebration. Having secured three rides on the 10-race programme, Beckford said that he was looking forward to his first winner in SOJOURNER TRUTH, especially when it was learnt that the hot ante-post favourite, BARS OF GOLD, was a late non-starter. “She had shown improved form in her last two races, and with Bars of Gold out, I knew this was a golden opportunity for me to finally win a race. SOJOURNERTRUTH usually runs her best races over the straight when fully fit, and she delivered today by three lengths,” he explained. SOJOURNER TRUTH is owned by All-Stars Pro and trained by Paul Hylton. The 8-y-o bay mare by Skipping out of Augus Mawnin was winning her first race in well over a year. Beckford, who is apprenticed to veteran trainer Vin Edwards, thus became the 12th graduate from the last batch to ride a winner. Looking ahead, the young rider said he would work even harder to maintain his weight (51.0kg) and establish himself as a go to claiming apprentice. Meanwhile, BRAVE PROSPECT, running as the 2-1 second favourite, ran on strongly to beat long-time leader and 3-2 favourite FRANKENSTORM by three lengths in the Millard Ziadie Memorial Cup feature over 1100 metres. The 4-y-o colt by Seeking The Glory out of the 1999 derby winner Good Prospect, was ridden by Kerry-Gayle Robinson for in-form trainer Neive Graham and leading owner O’Shaun Connection. Eleven ran. – O.C.
Pat Ferris won the Baldonnel time trial, Thursday night, with a time of 25:10 minutes. Roger St. Jean was second at 26:24 and Sandy McDonald third at 27:25.Richard Wood was 4th at 28:15, Kathryn Fairweather 29:31, Rod Lewis 29:45, Dean Lowry 31:24 and Russ Wilson 31:49.Colter Young was 25th in a hot and humid Stage 1 in the Tour of Belize, with 4 more stages to go.Advertisement – Advertisement -Gord “The Hammer” Harris will try for his second Penticton Ironman Triathlon. He completed this event back in 2006.The Blizzards at home will travel to Teepee Creek, near Grande Prairie, for a Challenge Cup road race. The event starts at 2 pm – please note the time change – at the Rodeo Grounds parking lot.For more information check out:www.ferrisfastcycles.com
A TRIAL DATE HAS BEEN SET IN THE CASE OF AN OMAHA MAN CHARGED WITH VEHICULAR HOMICIDE FROM A FATAL PURSUIT LAST NOVEMBER ON SIOUX CITY’S WESTSIDE.24 YEAR OLD JERELL WILSON IS SCHEDULED TO GO TO TRIAL ON MAY 23RD IN WOODBURY COUNTY DISTRICT COURT.A JUDGE DENIED A MOTION TO REDUCE HIS BOND ON THURSDAY.COURT DOCUMENTS ALLEGE WILSON WAS DRIVING THE VEHICLE INVOLVED IN AN 80 MILES AN HOUR PURSUIT ON HAMILTON BOULEVARD.THE VEHICLE CRASHED INTO A RETAINING WALL AT WEST THIRD AND ROSS AND CLAIMED THE LIFE OF 38 YEAR OLD DJUAN BEVERLY, WHO WAS A PASSENGER.WILSON TESTED POSITIVE FOR BOTH MARIJUANA AND OPIATES.AUTHORITIES ALSO FOUND 29 BAGS OF MARIJUANA IN AND AROUND THE VEHICLE AT THE CRASH SITE.WILSON REMAINS HELD IN THE WOODBURY COUNTY JAIL ON $25-THOUSAND DOLLARS BOND.