Prince ‘Dag­ger­man’ Holder on the hunt again

Jamaica Gleaner - - INTERNATIONAL NEWS - – O. C.

HEAT IT UP (Ha­keem Pottinger) cap­tur­ing last Satur­day’s eighth race at Cay­manas Park. The win­ner is trained by O’neil Mark­land.

in his sub­se­quent race over 1100 me­tres on Novem­ber 16 and should re­bound in the fourth race over 1200 me­tres (claim­ing $350,00 - $310,000) with Shama­ree Muir aboard. EL CLIENTE and ROYAL GIRL are twin dan­gers in a field of 10.

Briefly, the last two races in the first Su­per-6 should be won by the spar­ingly raced YOGA (Wes­ley Henry up), who has been mov­ing im­pres­sively at ex­er­cise and in the sixth, it should be PURE AMAZE­MENT un­der top ap­pren­tice Be­beto Har­vey.

FIRST SU­PER-6 FAN­CIES

(1) RAG­ING PROSPECT (2) PARTY CUP/ VES­PERS (3) GREAT FAITH (4) TWO STEPS UP/ EL CLIENTE (5) YOGA (6) PURE AMAZE­MENT Prince ‘Dag­ger­man’ Holder JOCKEY PRINCE ‘Dag­ger­man’ Holder was one of the most suc­cess­ful ap­pren­tices of the batch which grad­u­ated from the Jock­eys’ School in 2012, but his em­brace of the dancehall im­pacted neg­a­tively on a promis­ing ca­reer.

From a high of 34 win­ners and $17.2 mil­lion in stakes for sev­enth place in the jock­eys’ cham­pi­onship in 2013, Holder ex­pe­ri­enced a sig­nif­i­cant slump in 2014, rid­ing only two win­ners from 130 mounts to fin­ish 36th in the stand­ings.

As the win­ners dried up, he could only muster four wins from 75 rides last year to fin­ish 37th in the stand­ings.

The slide was not only at­trib­uted to Holder’s overindul­gence in par­ty­ing and hav­ing fun at the ex­pense of his ca­reer, but it was felt by some train­ers that he be­came brash, cocky and ne­glect­ful.

How­ever, he did well enough dur­ing his three years of ap­pren­tice­ship to re­ceive a sub­stan­tial sum of money from the Ja­maica Rac­ing Com­mis­sion, com­pul­sory sav­ing from purses earned dur­ing the pe­riod.

TREND­ING DOWN­WARD

“Things be­gan to trend down­wards from 2014 and peo­ple be­gan notic­ing, some say­ing it was be­cause of my at­ti­tude and lifestyle,” said the jockey, who stands 3’ 10”, the short­est ever to ride at Cay­manas Park.

“My last win­ner, in July 2015, was the out­sider, NUH VEX, in the Grooms’ As­so­ci­a­tion Tro­phy over the straight. Be­fore that, I won aboard AR­GENTINA for trainer Peter McMaster, but in the lat­ter part of the year, it be­came dif­fi­cult to get live rides with the new ap­pren­tices com­ing into the sys­tem.

“Al­though I could ride as light as 48.0 kg, things were just not work­ing out for me, so I de­cided to take a break from rac­ing. I had some money to sus­tain me so I went back to the coun­try, Ac­com­pong, St El­iz­a­beth, to cool out and re­flect on my ca­reer,” re­called the 26year-old jockey, a past stu­dent of Mag­gotty High.

“I re­turned to the sad­dle a month ago and, hav­ing curbed many of my old habits, I un­der­stand what is life and that ca­reer comes first.

“I still love danc­ing, I still like Kartel mu­sic, but there is a time and place for ev­ery­thing and I am work­ing hard to make it work, for I am strong and have the proven abil­ity to get back among the win­ners,” he pointed out.

A grad­u­ate of the Jock­eys’ School, with batch­mates Shama­ree Muir, O’Brien White, Ruja La­hoe and Re­naldo McNaughton, Holder made a sen­sa­tional start to his ca­reer at the back end of 2012, rid­ing his first win­ner, NO SMOK­ING, re­turn­ing later in the af­ter­noon to make it a dou­ble aboard the grey, SMOKIN MAN, over the straight.

De­spite his size, Holder quickly made a name for him­self aboard horses such as MONEY HONEY, EAST­WOOD, SONGS OF FREE­DOM, OCHUN, TO THE WORLD and I’M THANK­FUL, cul­mi­nat­ing in 2013 when fin­ish­ing sec­ond to Muir (39 wins) in the ap­pren­tice cham­pi­onship.

GLADSTONE TAY­LOR/FREE­LANCE PHOTOGRAPHER

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