ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Jockey Jeff Jacobs and Rumour Has It shone brightly in Antigua Turf Club’s Carnival race meet at Cassada Gardens Race Track on Sunday.
Jacobs, regarded as the nation’s top jockey, scalped six wins of the seven races he entered and placed second in the other, while Rumour Has It won the feature race over eight furlongs.
Jacobs’ half-dozen victories came in the saddles of Silver Storm, Bling, He’s Alive, Jah Thunder, Mission Accomplished and Rumour Has It, while he finished in a runner-up position on Sea Star.
Rumour Has It, running for the first time at The Gardens, did not disappoint the fans and ran to victory in 150.03 seconds over Jack Idle in the feature race of the day over eight furlongs.
It ended up being a two-horse race after Vybz Cartel was scratched, and God’s Grace, which whipped The Chosen One at the last meet over 7.5 furlongs, floored his jockey Clair Wilkins and returned to the stables.
Silver Storm, which is owned by D Lewis, beat the L Purcell-owned Better Moment as well as Seal into second and third places respectively, over a distance of 5.5 furlongs in the E2 & Lower class.
Bling, which is yet to lose in the E1 & Lower class also over 5.5 furlongs, ran 120.00 seconds to beat Missing Files and Moon, respectively.
The 140.98-second victory for He’s Alive came over Emmanuel and Halo’s Pleasure over seven furlongs.
Jah Thunder beat Jumma Girl in 130.85 seconds.
The victory of Mission Accomplished came over Lucinda Tight, Tight, Tight, and Babosa which placed second and third respectively over six furlongs. He crossed the line in 118.19 seconds.
Both Lucinda and D’Answer ran this time around after they floored their jockeys during the last race meet.
Jacobs was undoubtedly the Jockey of the Day with his six wins and a second.
Devon O’Garro and Neil Cochrane had a couple of wins each as trainers.
The race day sponsors were Dews, WIOC, Local Oils, Cool & Smooth, Jack Idle & Company, HB Heavy Equipment & Truck Services, Abbott’s Farm, Jerome A Roberts Ltd, the Barbuda Council, Gregory’s Heavy Equipment & Trucking, Island Fence & Hardware, Occasions Party Rentals, Vybz FM 92.9, and Liberty Radio ZDK 97.1 FM.