first_imgThree jockeys sustained injuries and had to be rushed to hospital in two separate races, the sixth and seventh, respectively, at Caymanas Park yesterday.Coming out worst was three-time champion Dane Nelson, whose mount, MONTEGONIAN, stumbled and fell approaching the furlong pole in the sixth race over 1300 metres, decking the popular jockey. In the ensuing melee, STRAIGHTFROMUHEART was brought down, throwing jockey Richard Mitchell as well. The horse also stepped on Nelson, who lay motionless on the ground for a while before he was rushed to the First Aid Post in the track ambulance.Nelson regained consciousness shortly after, but was then fitted with a neck brace by the paramedics and taken to the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) for treatment and further observation.Mitchell, on the other hand, escaped injury, but did not ride for the remainder of the day.In the very next race over 1500 metres, won by 7-2 chance DREAMCOMETRUE, both DINNER BY SEVEN and STIR IT UP dislodged their respective riders, Paul ‘Country’ Francis and the veteran Vassell ‘Jollyman’ Najair in the backstretch.Francis is suspected to have fractured his collar bone, while the 62-year-old Najair was badly shaken up and received an injury to his face. Both were taken to the UHWI for observation.SEVERAL SPILLSAlthough there have been several spills on racedays at Caymanas, only one has claimed the life of a jockey in 56 years of racing at the track. This occurred on November 20, 1999, when popular lightweight jockey, Al Gopie, was thrown by his mount, SAGAR, at the half mile and was trampled by horses in the day’s penultimate race.Meanwhile, firm favourites ROYAL ASSAULT and ETERNAL JOY led from start to finish to win the co-feature races on the card.Ridden by champion jockey Shane Ellis for trainer Anthony ‘Baba’ Nunes, the much-improved 4-y-o colt, ROYAL ASSAULT, romped the overnight allowance sprint as the 3-5 favourite. And 30 minutes later, the Neive Graham-trained ETERNAL JOY, a 2-1 favourite, with apprentice Linton Steadman replacing the injured Paul Francis, did likewise in the closing race over 1200 metres for the Colin Melhado Memorial Cup (claiming $250,000-$210,000).last_img read more

first_imgThere will also be tasty treats available through the tournament’s concession and refreshment stands. The tournament’s entry fee is $500 per team, and today, Wednesday, July 25, is the final day to submit a team.For more information or to register for this weekend’s baseball tournament, email cjsmemorial@hotmail.com, or call Carla at 250-262-5860. Askoty was heavily involved in Peace Region baseball, participating in as many baseball tournaments as possible, traveling all across the Peace Region to play the game he loved.The tournament, being held at the Taylor Baseball Diamonds, guarantees competing teams at least four games, while also featuring a home run derby for those looking for flex their baseball muscles. The co-ed tournament will run on a 7 and 3 format, meaning a team’s roster must include 7 males and 3 females. – Advertisement -Gameplay will abide by ASA rules, and players are only allowed to play for one team. The tournament will also be providing carded umpires to call the games.There will also be a variety of prize giveaways throughout the weekend, including cash prizes based on competition, prizes designated for the Most Valuable Player, equipment prizes as well as a 50/50 draw. Advertisementlast_img read more