Awards are flying around the world in this festive season and, thankfully, some have come Jamaica’s way. Usain Bolt, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and young Christopher Taylor have gotten their share from sporting bodies and media organisations alike. There may well be more to come. One oft overlooked category might include sprinter Sherone Simpson. When she came back from a minor drug suspension for unintentional use of a stimulant in 2014, she was a shadow of the woman who had been a mainstay of the Jamaican team for more than a decade. Her return to prominence is the comeback of the year. An Olympic 100m finalist in 2004, Commonwealth 200m winner and world number one over 100 metres in 2006, joint Olympic silver medallist in the 100m in 2008, and repeat World Championship finalist in the 200m, Simpson has a portfolio many envy. Added to that, her speed and safe hands have made her a key member of the 4x100m unit that has become the best in the world. REGAINING COMPETITIVE FORM Asafa Powell managed to regain his usual sub-10 form late in the 2014 sprinting campaign with victory over Commonwealth champion Kemar Bailey-Cole. Simpson, however, struggled and aborted her 2014 season early. It was painful to watch. This year, with the guidance of coach Maurice Wilson, she gradually regained competitive form. Instead of the slouchy 2014 200-metre fourth place at the Jamaican National Championships, she looked more like her urgent self. A near dead heat with former MVP Club training partner Fraser-Pryce in the 200 metres at the UTech Classic heralded her progress. At this year’s Nationals, she was a strong second-place finisher in the 200 metres, and a flying fourth in a fast 100-metre final. In 2014, she logged times of 11.34 and 23.38 seconds in the 100m and 200m, respectively, at the Nationals. This year, the corresponding figures depicted a much brighter picture at 11.14 and 22.62. Her 100-metre win at the Pan-Am Games was wonderful. Seizing the moment, Simpson produced a winning time of 10.95 seconds. It was her 13th sub-11 clocking and her first since 2008. Out in the 100-metre semis in the World Championships, the 32-year-old comeback kid reached the 200m final, where she ran a season’s best time of 22.50 seconds and chipped in with a high-speed first leg to help Jamaica to reach the 4×100-metre final. CLEAN SLATE Her comeback would be perfect if the authorities would wipe her slate clean. After all, it’s been proven that the company that supplied the tainted supplement that got her and Asafa Powell in trouble was guilty of incomplete product labelling. She and Powell sued the offending company and won an out-of-court settlement. If the USA track and field association, USATF, can back Allyson Felix in her quest to run both the 200 and 400 metres at the 2016 Olympic Games, perhaps the JAAA can help our two heroes erase the blot on their reputations. That, and an individual Olympic medal next year, would make Simpson’s comeback complete. If she stays injury free, success is possible. – Hubert Lawrence was making notes at track side when Sherone Simpson ran for Manchester High School at Girls’ Championships 2002.
Past the finishing postCaymanas Park Results for March 26, 2016Track Condition : Dirt : GoodRace 1 1000 M (S) (Purse $768,000) NB3YO(NW2)/IMP3YO&UP(MDN)-REST.ALL.II1. RALLY BABY PFrancis 50.0*2. CHOO CHOO BLUE RHalledeen 55.0 1 1/2L3. GARY GLITTER RWilson 53.5 9/1 Neck4. AFRICA OMullings 50.5 3LDNF: BULLET RAJ DDawkins3 48.5 9/2WIN: $453.00PLACE: $176.00, $57.00, $139.00Final Time : 1:00.1 Splits : 22.3, 45.4Winner : 3yo ch filly – MARKET RALLY – GIVEITTOMEBABYTrainer : RICHARD AZAN Owner : MILADE AZAN, RICHARD AZAN & LAURENCE HEFFESBred by MILADE AZAN, EDISON CHAI, ROHAN CRICHTON, LAURENCE HEFFQu: $653.00 Ex: $1,896.00Trifecta: $4,442.00Race 2 1600 M (Purse $560,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($350,0-$300,0)/NB5YO(NW3)1. PAPER N LACE WHenry 52.5*2. BATIDOR DE MUNDO AChatrie 54.0 9 1/2L3. HOLIDAY WEEKEND RHalledeen 54.0 1 1/2L4. JESSIE JAMES BebHarvey3 53.0 3/4LWIN: $2662.00PLACE: $167.00, $62.00, $107.00Final Time : 1:43.0 Splits: 24.3, 47.3, 1:14.0Winner : 7yo horse – SWEETSOUTHERNSAINT – SHY MARFATrainer : FITZGERALD RICHARDS Owner : COLLABred by OCALA STUDQu: $1,696.00 Ex: $7,886.00D/E : (4-8) $15,956.00Superfecta : (8-6-7-2) $67,585.00Race 3 1100 M (Purse $560,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE IV(NW3)1. RAS EMANUEL RWilson 54.0*2. BERRANCA LSteadman3 53.0 Neck3. SUPERTRONICS RHalledeen 54.0 1 3/4L4. DINNER BY SEVEN JJackson 54.0 NeckLate scratch : #6 LITTLEMISSEMMYWIN: $173.00PLACE: $61.00, $73.00, $106.00Final Time : 1:08.2 Splits : 23.0, 46.4Winner : 4yo b colt – BURNING MARQUE – PLEASANT PRINCESSTrainer : MCMASTER,PETER G Owner : MISS SUCKIEBred by ELAINE MCMASTERQu: $339.00 Ex: $856.00D/E: $18,866.00Superfecta: $11,469.00Rolling Triple: $132,444.00Race 4 1500 M (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN CONDITION RACE -FILLIES (DIV.I)*1. A THOUSAND STARS RHalledeen 55.02. RUNNING STAR SEllis 55.0 9 1/2L3. FRANCIA’S PRIDE JAnderson 52.0 3L4. IGNITION OEdwards3 52.0 5 1/2L5. FLYING MACHINE AChatrie 54.0 2 1/4LWIN: $68.00PLACE: $55.00, $64.00, $78.00Final Time : 1:35.3 Splits : 23.4, 47.1, 1:13.1Winner : 3yo b filly – STORM CRAFT – HEART OF GOLDTrainer: WAYNE DACOSTA Owner: ELIZABETH A DACOSTABred by ELIZABETH DACOSTAQu: $186.00 Ex: $274.00D/E: $302.00Trifecta: $344.00Hi-5: $8,011.00Rolling Triple: $95,597.00Race 5 1500 M (Purse $620,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($550,0-$500,0)/NB4YO(NW4)1. ANOTHER BULLET SEllis 56.02. MIND SET OWalker 56.0 4 1/2L*3. DREAMCOMETRUE RHalledeen 54.0 6L4. HOLOGRAM SHADOW JErwin 55.0 4 1/4LWIN: $344.00PLACE: $129.00, $64.00, $70.00Final Time : 1:34.2 Splits : 24.0, 47.0, 1:12.0Winner : 4yo b colt – NASHEET – WISELY NOTEDTrainer : EVERAL FRANCIS Owner: TAINIYA S KERRBred by DACOSTA FARMS LIMITEDQu: $540.00 Ex: $1,119.00D/E: $689.00Superfecta: $3,391.00Rolling Triple: $2,659.00AL GOPIE MEMORIAL CUPRace 6 1000 M (S) (Purse $500,000) NB4-Y-O & UP MAIDEN CONDITION RACE1. CHEXIMAKIT HLewis 53.02. MAMETA OFoster 53.0 2L*3. LEGAL ARENA OnBeckford4 53.0 Neck4. RED EAGLE SMuir 54.0 3/1 2 1/2L5. EL SALDADO BebHarvey3 52.5 2 1/2L6. SONG ON TRACK OWalker 53.0 2LLate scratch : #5 KINGS OF JORDAN, #8 SONADOR EXPRESSWIN: $846.00PLACE: $123.00, $93.00, $75.00Final Time : 1:03.1 Splits : 23.3, 47.4Winner : 4yo b filly – NASHEET – FRAULEINTrainer : WINCHESTER MCINTOSH Owner: MUSTMAKIT RACING STABLEBred by OSWALD M CLARKEQu: $2,464.00 Ex: $7,128.00D/E: $8,826.00 (7-5) $428.00 (7-8) $398.00Trifecta: $7,550.00Hit-6 carry-over : $55,181.75Rolling Triple : (2-7-15) $15,595.00Race 7 1500 M (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN CONDITION RACE -FILLIES (DIV.II)1. NUCLEAR WARNING OMullings 51.02. WONDER GIRL SMuir 52.5 6 1/2L*3. PATCH RWilson 54.0 2 1/2L4. QUEEN OF BAGDAD AndrePowell4 51.5 2 1/2L WIN: $245.00PLACE: $129.00, $197.00, $68.00Final Time : 1:36.4 Splits : 23.3, 47.3, 1:14.0,Winner : 3yo filly – NUCLEAR WAYNE – SECRET CODETrainer : JOHNNY WILMOT Owner: RISING STARBred by DION JACKSONQu: $2,682.00 Ex: $4,213.00D/E: $9,737.00Superfecta: $5,483.00Rolling Triple: $77,109.00Pick-4: $201,260.00Super-6: $32,146.90 Carry-over: $1,639,496.62JOCKEYS’ GUILD OF JAMAICA TROPHYRace 8 1400 M (Purse $530,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2)1. LAZZA HPottinger4 52.02. GOLD SCREW MWard4 50.0 1 3/4L*3. SIR BIGGS SEllis 56.0 1/2L4. TASHIE BABY JInnis4 48.0 3/4L5. DAYTON AFFAIR AntThomas4 49.0 2 1/4LLate scratch : #6 LAGUNA POINTWIN: $259.00PLACE: $96.00, $95.00, $61.00Final Time : 1:30.2 Splits: 23.1, 46.4, 1:13.3Winner : 4yo b colt – DAYTON FLYER – MISS POLLYTrainer : LORENZO ROBINSON Owner: LORENZO ROBINSONBred by LORENZO ROBINSONQu: $617.00 Ex: $1,649.00D/E: $3,497.00 (6-6) $93.00Trifecta: $594.00Hi-5: $24,392.50Rolling Triple: $45,250.00PlacePot 8 : Carry-over: $372,547.50Race 9 1400 M (Purse $500,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($180,0)/NB6YO&UP(NW3)1. PRINCE OSHAUN BebHarvey3 52.52. BLESSEDNESS JInnis4 53.0 3/4L3. MONEYNEVERSLEEP WHenry 52.0 3 1/4L4. ALDEBARAN OEdwards3 53.0 2L5. VERONICA B OFoster 53.0 3/4LWIN: $352.00PLACE: $149.00, $212.00, $177.00Final Time : 1:31.0 Splits : 24.0, 47.3, 1:14.3Winner : 6yo b horse – WHYWHYWHY – HISHI BLOSSOMTrainer : VICTOR WILLIAMS Owner : ANDRE ADAMSBred by HAM STABLES LTD.Qu: $2,707.00 Exacta: $5,262.00D/E: $1,813.00Trifecta: $10,214.00Hi-5 carry-over : $104,840.45Rolling Triple: $26,353.00BONNIE BLUE FLAG TROPHYRace 10 1820 M (Purse $845,000) 3-Y-O & UP OPEN ALLOWANCE*1. LONG RUNNING TRAIN WHenry 52.02. SOUTHERN CRUISE PFrancis 50.0 7L3. HOVER CRAFT OWalker 57.0 Head4. BRAWN AChatrie 51.5 1 1/4LWIN: $71.00Final Time : 1:57.2 Splits : 27.1, 51.2, 1:16.1, 1:42.2Winner : 4yo filly – FLOWER ALLEY – CUZ YOU NEVER KNOWTrainer : HARRY PARSARD Owner : HARRY PARSARDBred by THREE CHIMNEYS FARM, LLCNOTE: HORSE #4 BRAWN CAME 3RD, BUT WAS DISQUALIFIED AND PLACED 4TH BEHIND HORSE #5Qu: $257.00 Ex: $420.00D/E: $431.00Trifecta: $312.00Rolling Triple: $5,413.00Race 11 1500 M (Purse $500,000) 4YO&UP CLM($180,0)-NOT EARNED $120,0 SINCE NOVEMBER 261. MARIA’S GLORY HPottinger4 50.02. MISS DOROTHY JInnis4 48.0 2L*3. SINK THE BISMARCK BebHarvey3 55.0 8 1/2L4. GIRL ON FIRE JAnderson 51.5 1 1/4L5. CAUSE FOR CONCERN RHalledeen 55.0 3/4LWIN: $301.00PLACE: $132.00, $85.00, $79.00Final Time : 1:37.3 Splits : 24.1, 48.3, 1:15.0Winner : 5yo b filly – KERRYGOLD – LA CERENTOLATrainer : ANTHONY SMITH Owner: BERESFORD BROADBELLBred by PHILIP A. AZARQu: $475.00 Ex: $920.00D/E: $437.00Trifecta: $1,030.00Hi-5: $42,603.00Rolling Triple: $3,913.00Pick-4: $25,144.00Super-6: $2,348,793.20Pick-9: $26,106.00; $588.00 Carry-over: $1,456,855.00