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First season honours for Trotman


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ANDERSON TROTMAN?has done just about everything possible for a jockey in Barbados while in the saddle, winning all the major races and many championships.
But the manner and professionalism with which he achieved such feats have been simply outstanding.
Defending champion jockey Trotman claimed first season honours with calculated precision winning the final race The Grandstand Posse Seventh Anniversary Trophy Handicap with Reward Me.
The win moved him level on 14 wins with long-time leader Reshawn Latchman at the conclusion of the Barbados Turf Club’s first racing season but Trotman was declared winner on most second-placed finishes.
Trotman’s three wins on Grandstand Posse Race Day moved his earnings to $196 447 thus giving him a win percentage of 20.
Trotman secured 16 seconds and 15 thirds from his 70 mounts. The treble with High Tide, Just A Fashion and Reward Me on National Heroes Day was the second for Trotman as he also achieved the feat on the Salute To The 2012 Champions Race Day with Kariba Rose, Marcus Antonius and Lavanni.
In second position, Latchman moved off like a runaway freight train notching up 14 wins, eight seconds and nine thirds from 60 rides over the first five race days. That sublime form came to an abrupt halt as he failed to secure any further success on days six, seven and eight and he did not appear on the card for the final two days.
It is understood that a few teething issues have been resolved and the 23 per cent winning rider will be in the saddle tomorrow.
Five winners
Latchman, who earned $175 400 blasted out the gates on the first day with five winners – Margarita, Janak’s Gold, Pyroman, Whatadeal and Sugar Loaf Peak. He added three more wins the following day on Sugar Loaf Peak, Janak’s Gold and Iamsogroovy.
Third place in this rider’s category goes to Antonio Whitehall with of eight wins, five seconds and eight thirds from 56 mounts which saw him earning $111 973.
The highlights of his win percentage of 14 were victories aboard John Vere, who took the Grade I Michael Parravicino Memorial Hopeful Breeders Stakes And Trophy over 1 570 metres and Jakesam in the Grade I Coolmore “Home Of Champions” Stakes And Trophy over 1 800 metres.
With a win percentage of 12 and earnings of $117 744 from 50 mounts, jockey Jalon Samuel finished in fourth spot after securing two wins on the final day. The first was aboard Vitality, who won the Grandstand Posse Plate Handicap for horses rated 120-140 and open to horses rated 119 and below over 1 100 metres.
Samuel then teamed up with Princess Di to take the Grade I Grandstand Posse Barbados Fillies Guineas over 1 570 metres. This moved him level on six wins with apprentice Damario Bynoe, forcing the tiebreaker on second place finishes to be used; Samuels prevailed nine to six. He also accumulated five thirds to round off the season.


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