Bajan is apprentice champ
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
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)
Apprentice Keimar Trotman, has been making his mark in West Virginia.