Ba­jan is ap­pren­tice champ

UK Barbados Nation - - EDITORIAL -

HOL­LY­WOOD RAC­ING CASI­NOS at Charles Town Races is the lat­est venue to be in­fected by the Bar­ba­dian rid­ing tal­ents which con­tin­ues to be ram­pant across

North Amer­ica.

The stir this time has been caused by Keimar Trot­man, a rel­a­tively un­known ap­pren­tice from Chancery Lane, Christ

Church, who has emerged as the lead­ing ap­pren­tice at the meet in West Virginia.

The 20-year-old’s 29 wins were the most races won by an ap­pren­tice in the year-long sea­son which started on Jan­uary 10 last year and fin­ished on De­cem­ber 29.

Hav­ing won his first ride back in April astride Crazy Charles, Trot­man booted home a brace on the sea­son-ending day.

He won Race 4, worth US$10 000, over seven fur­longs aboard Cheru­bin. The pair stopped the clock in 1:26.73, winning by four and three-quar­ter lengths. He won again in Race 8, claim­ing six-and-one-half fur­longs with Got Any Ques­tions, who crossed the line in 1:11.75 to win by two-and-one-quar­ter lengths.

Hav­ing started out as a ten-pound claimer, Trot­man has quickly moved down to a seven-pound claim­ing ap­pren­tice. Along the way, he ac­cu­mu­lated 30 sec­onds and 24 third-place fin­ishes from his 192 rides, earn­ing US$381 784.

Lath­man in 21st po­si­tion

Fel­low coun­try­man Re­shawn Latch­man, who is also based at Charles Town, fin­ished two places be­hind Trot­man in the jock­eys’ ta­ble at 21st, hav­ing won 23 races.

Like Trot­man, Latch­man who also ar­rived at the track late, still man­age 247 mounts. He tal­lied 26 sec­ond and third-place po­si­tions for earn­ings of US$376 111.

Trot­man’s feat places him along­side Bar­ba­dian jockey Rico Wal­cott who re­peated eight times as cham­pion at the now closed North­land Park

in Cal­gary, Al­berta. Rocco Bowen, who af­ter start­ing at Golden Gates, re­turned to Emer­ald Downs to re­peat as cham­pion.

Also join­ing the Ba­jan boys was An­to­nio White­hall, who tied with Trinida­dian Praven Bradrie for the Assini­boia Downs jockey ti­tle in Win­nipeg. Trainer Saffie Joseph Jnr, was the most suc­cess­ful trainer with wins at Gulf­stream Park West

meet, for­merly known as Calder Race Course.

The jockey ti­tle at Charles Town was won by Ar­naldo Bo­cachica, who tal­lied 159 wins from 557 rides. (LY)

(Pic­ture by Karen Joseph.)

Ap­pren­tice Keimar Trot­man, has been mak­ing his mark in West Virginia.

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