Five-time champion jockey Omar Walker rather fittingly enjoyed a supreme day at Caymanas Park with five winners on yesterday’s 11-race programme, the first meet under the umbrella of Supreme Ventures Racing and Entertainment Limited, the new owners of the racing complex.Walker, the reigning champion jockey, was in his element as he dominated the programme from the very first race aboard 7-5 favourite UNBREAKABLE proceeding to ride consecutive winners from six mounts on the card. The ‘Birthday Boy’ closed out the five-timer with reigning “Horse of the Year’ SEEKING MY DREAM, who romped the grade one Chairman’s Trophy feature over 1500 metres by seven lengths in near track record time of 1:30.0, behind splits of 46.4 for the half mile and a brisk 1:10.3 for the first 1200 metres.Trained by 16-time champion trainer Wayne DaCosta for Member of Parliament Derrick Smith, who was off the island, SEEKING MY DREAM, who was racing for the first time since his impressive victory in the $13.9 million Diamond Mile on December 10 last year, raced prominently in third as stable-companion MR. AMBASSADOR (99-1) led from last year’s winner FRANFIELD (7-5) in a field of six. The race, however, was all but over passing the 600-metre marker as SEEKING MY DREAM surged into the lead and was merely racing the clock up the lane, stopping it three-fifths of a second outside the long-standing track record held by SKY TRAIN since May, 1983.FRANFIELD, who beat SEEKING MY DREAM by a length in this race a year ago, held on well for second, a length ahead of late-closing HOVER CRAFT, one of four horses saddled by DaCosta in the six-horse field.MAJOR OBJECTIVEAccording to DaCosta, SEEKING MY DREAM’s major objective is the SVL-sponsored Diamond Mile, a race he won in 2015 and 2016.In addition to SEEKING MY DREAM and UNBREAKABLE, Walker also won aboard 6-1 chance LOTTERY TICKET for DaCosta in the third race over 1200 metres; even-money favourite CRAFTY STAR in the sixth then had to survive a stewards’ inquiry and objection from the second, and the front running grey gelding NO MONEY FRIEND, who staged a tremendous rally on the inside after being caught by the favourite MONEYNEVERSLEEP to win by a head.As a result, he leads the standings with 20 wins – five clear of Dane Nelson, who failed to ride a winner on the afternoon.
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! GORMAN – A trucker who investigators believe left the scene of a Thanksgiving Day crash in Gorman that killed a father and son has contacted the California Highway Patrol through his attorney and wants to talk with investigators. Officer Wendy Hahn of the CHP said that the driver, who was not identified, would be traveling from Northern California to speak with authorities. His attorney told Hahn that his client would appear on Monday. The driver allegedly crashed his big rig Nov. 24 into the rear of a stalled pickup truck on northbound lanes of the Golden State Freeway near Gorman, killing Jose Palomino, 41, and his 15-year-old son Julio, both of Bell Gardens. Palomino and his son had been en route to Bakersfield because the father planned to move his family there, according to Albert Lopez, a family friend. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “There were no jobs here, so he had to move his family,” Lopez said. The victims’ 1990 pickup overturned when the 1999 Peterbilt big rig rammed into it. “The errant driver left the scene and investigators have been attempting to identify and locate him,” Hahn said. The tractor-trailer’s fuel tank apparently was ruptured in the collision. The cab caught fire on Lancaster Road after the driver exited the freeway, CHP Officer Vince Ramirez said. About 20 minutes after the crash, police got a call from a man – possibly the big-rig driver – who said his tractor-trailer had been stolen from a Pilot gas station in Castaic. When officers arrived, the man could not be found.