Bigman snares Jetsam hat-trick
In 2013 Bigman In Town was unstoppable and at last Friday’s 2015 Jetsam Awards Ceremony, held in the Century Ballroom of the Queen’s Park Oval was no different. The Jamaica-bred horse claimed three awards at the function, as he did at last year’s event which has been taking place each year since 1983. The Baskaran […]
In 2013 Bigman In Town was unstoppable and at last Friday’s 2015 Jetsam Awards Ceremony, held in the Century Ballroom of the Queen’s Park Oval was no different.
The Jamaica-bred horse claimed three awards at the function, as he did at last year’s event which has been taking place each year since 1983. The Baskaran Bassawh owned Jamaican bred thoroughbred Bigman In Town showed he was still boss despite what transpired on Boxing Day and the chestnut son of Cowtown Cat out of My Morning Prayer won every category he was nominated for, including the prestigious Horse of the Year title.
Bigman In Town’s first triumph, came when he was awarded the title of – Champion West Indian-bred three-year-old sprinter where he swept aside his nearest rival which proved no more than a token opponent. The horse which has now won 12 Jetsam awards was back in the winner’s circle in the West Indian-bred three-year-old Stayer division, where he beat War Maker which won two legs of local racing’s Triple Crown, the Guineas and in the Trinidad Derby Stakes.
The gala celebration could be dubbed Bassawh’s Jetsam Awards as War Maker which he owns, also took two awards home-the Champion West Indian –Bred 3 Year-Old Colt/Gelding and the title of champion 3-Year-Old.
The Champion Imported Stayer award went to the David Ojar owned and trained Gold Cup winner Transpire. It finished ahead of Thisoneisforron while Stewards Cup runner-up Crime Of Passion was voted Champion Imported Sprinter, besting Control Unit and Wild Excitement.
The most important announcement of the night though came as matser of ceremonies Anthony Harford called up ‘Bigman in Town’, which completed a remarkable hat-trick of wins at the Jetsam Awards. He topped Juvenile Champion The Gatsby and War Maker.
Though there were attempts to disguise the eventual winner, it had already been a foregone conclusion as everyone knew it was Bigman In Town’s night. The multiple times champion horse claimed the accolade, by being unbeaten in 10 races which also enabled him to secure three track records to his resume.
There were three special awards for contributions to the sport. One went deservedly to Maniram ‘Boboy Maharaj who was thanked for his years of dedication and service to horse racing. Chairman of the Betting Levy Board Kama Maharaj was also honoured for his contribution.
Champion trainer was John O’Brien, who topped the category for a sixth consecutive year, while owner Shivam Maharaj returned to winning ways after a one year hiatus caused by Dave Chadee. Only recently Maharaj completed a beaver-trick to draw level with Maniram ‘Boboy’ Maharaj for number of victories. However, no one has been able to beat Maniram Maharaj’s record of five consecutive successes in that category.
In the Jockeys division, Prayven Badrie topped the ‘little men’ with his runaway win. Badrie notched 50 winners for the 2015 season. Roosevelt Angnoo, who is now deceased, copped the title of Champion Apprentice with 27 victories.
Symon Michael Persad was named Champion Groom in wins, while John Richard Williams was adjudged Champion Groom in earnings.
Brian Lynch in his address said he was very happy to be among his family in the racing world. He jokingly questioned where he could apply for residence, so overwhelmed he was by our twin-island state. After expressing condolences to the family of Angnoo told the audience of his goals in the past.
“I grew up in rural Australia but I had a vision to race horses. When I arrived at Hollywood Park in the United States and heard the top trainer’s names like Bobby Frankel, I wanted to be part of racing. Frankel as you are aware is a Hall of Famer but I see you also have some in Trinidad in John O’brien. In my career I wanted to do something that I loved , something that I had a passion for. Evidently, I love racing.”
He continued “The racing industry needs heroes and this year we saw what a true equie star can do and as American Pharoah was to the United States, I guess Bigman In Town is to Trinidad and Tobago. Good horses are good for racing and the energy that that they create make the racing game the success that it is.”
According to Lynch “All my achievement was fuelled by my dream of being a great trainer.”
2015 HONOUR ROLL
Champion Trainer (Wins & Earnings—John O’Brien
Champion Jockey – Prayven Badrie)
Champion Apprentice— Roosevelt Angnoo
Champion Owner— Shivam Maharaj
Champion Breeder—H.A.M Stables
Champion Groom—Symon Persad (Wins)
John Ricahrd (Earnings)
Champion Sire— Charismatic Cat
Champion Two-Year-Old Filly— Newthinginthong
Champion Two-Year-Old Colt/Gelding— The Gatsby
Champion Two-Year— The Gatby
Champion West Indian Three-Year-Old Filly—Cloud Nine
Champion West Indian-Bred Three-Year-Old Stayer— War Maker
Champion 3-Year-Old – War Maker
Champion Native Bred 3 Year-Old—Man To Come and Swept Away
Champion Native Bred- 4 Year-Old—Chase The Dragon
Champion West Indian-Bred Sprinter—Bigman In Town
Champion West Indian-Bred Stayer—Bigman In Town
Champion Imported Sprinter—Crime Of Passion
Champion Imported Stayer—thisoneisforron
Champion Turf Performer—Thisoneisforron
Horse Of The Year—Bigman In Town
Source: Kelvin N, Trinidad Guardian