SHARED RIDING HONOURS Apprentice Anthony Thomas, who rode both TIMEFORARMS and FRANCIA’S PRIDE, shared the riding honours with Halledeen, who also rode two winners. Meanwhile, CTL presented cash awards to the winners and runners-up in the 2016 overall monthly winners in each category – Garth Samuels and Oneil Hinds (owners), Wayne DaCosta, Anthony Nunes (trainers), Bebeto Harvey (jockey), Sterling Smith, Ferron Hall (grooms). Racing continues on Wednesday. CAMPESINO confirmed his status as one of the country’s top sprinters with a facile victory in the season’s first grade one race, the $1.2 million Eileen Cliggott Memorial Trophy over 1300 metres, at Caymanas Park yesterday. Toting topweight of 57.0kg with Robert Halledeen riding for 14-time champion trainer Philip Feanny and popular owner Howard Hamilton, CAMPESINO, running as the 4-5 favourite in a field of five, chased the leader, SIR BUDGET, for most of the way before going by entering the straight. Thereafter, it was smooth sailing as he moved away to win by 33/4 lengths from 8-5 second favourite BRAWN and FRANFIELD in the smart time of 1:17.3 JAMAI RAJA (lame) was declared a late non-starter. This was CAMPESINO’s second consecutive win and his third from his last four starts. The consistent seven-year-old gelding by Campadre out of Yaella had previously won the St. Catherine Cup open allowance feature over 1100 metres on January 7 and the prestigious Glen Mills O.J. Caribbean Sprint Championship over 1200 metes on November 12, ahead of his more fancied stable-companion BUZZ NIGHTMARE. On a day when O&S Tack Room provided product prizes, a bag of Alfalfa Cubes feed to the winning owner of each race, trainer FItzroy Glispie highlighted the 11-race programme with three winners. These were BIRD CATCHER (2-1), who humbled the highly-thought-of three-year-old colt FEARLESS SAMURAI (1-9 favourite) in the opening race over a mile, 3-5 favourite FRANCIA’S PRIDE in the second and the veteran campaigner TIMEFORARMS (2-1), who produced a tremendous late run on the rails to win the overnight allowance race over 1500 metres in a driving finish.
View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We’ve had time to think and recover from the loss (to Lyceum),” said Meneses. “Hopefully, the players respond because this is a do-or-die game and our season is on the line.”Michael Calisaan delivered the performance of his career with 36 points, while Ryan Costelo also came up big down the stretch with nine of his 13 points coming in the last five minutes to power the Stags.“We’re in, then we’ll just show them the character and the brand of play of San Sebastian,” said Stags coach Egay Macaraya. “These are the types of games we want to play. We didn’t celebrate my birthday (last Tuesday) because we’d rather celebrate by winning on Friday.”The odds will be stacked on the Stags after they lost both games against the Bombers in the eliminations. Without the injured Calisaan, San Sebastian bowed to JRU, 62-73, last July.The Stags kept the game close throughout in their September clash with the Bombers, but the duo of Jed Mendoza and Ervin Grospe did the damage for JRU down the stretch, scoring 14 points each.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES San Sebastian tries to ride the momentum of its emotional win three days ago as it clashes with a well-rested Jose Rizal U on Friday in the stepladder semifinals of NCAA Season 93 at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson The Stags, three days removed from a 74-69 win over Letran in a playoff, and the Heavy Bombers are disputing the right to face second seed San Beda in the 3:30 p.m. clash.JRU, which finished with an 11-7 record, hopes to come out sharp even after a close to two-week layoff as the stepladder format was applied following Lyceum’s sweep of the elimination round.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“We’ve prepared well for the playoffs, but San Sebastian plays hard as shown against Letran,” said JRU coach Vergel Meneses. “We have to play even better than we did in the second round and in those two games that we won against them.”The Stags came up with a gutsy stand against the Knights last Tuesday to earn a duel with the Heavy Bombers, who have not played since a 63-100 loss to the Lyceum Pirates last Oct. 13. Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Duke aims to reclaim Bellevue title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’