Weekend racing on at Caymanas Park without spectators
Horse racing continues behind closed doors at Caymanas Park this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, no wagering offered at the racetrack, which will only permit jockeys, trainers, grooms, media and essential personnel.
Wagering will be permitted at off-track betting parlours under strict guidelines established by the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission, aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus, which has so far affected 19 persons and claimed one life on the island.
A field of nine runners, headed by former grade one sprinter, Richard Azan’s PEKING CRUZ, will head to post at 4:55 p.m. in the afternoon’s overnight allowance sprint. PEKING CRUZ returned off a five-month lay-up on March 7 to chase PATRIARCH in a five-furlong round open allowance event.
Down in class, among overnight allowance runners, PEKING CRUZ faces improved HARRY’S TRAIN at five and a half furlongs, as well as Wayne DaCosta’s SERGEANT RECKLESS in what will be a battle for the lead.
However, the run-on sprinters, BIMINI, UNCLE FRANK and, especially, fit WARTIME, could capitalise on the speedsters running themselves into the ground.
Wayne Parchment’s WARTIME only failed by a short head to catch PRINCE CHARLES at six and a half furlongs, on February 26. PRINCE CHARLES returned to finish ahead of PEKING CRUZ on March 7, claiming second behind PATRIARCH.
Apprentice Raddesh Roman is aboard WARTIME whereas another claiming rider, Anthony Allen, has the leg up on PEKING CRUZ. Dane Nelson is astride topweight UNCLE FRANK at 126lb.
First post for the 10-race card is 12:15 pm