Mr. Jagermeister Ready for The Bachelor

Minnesota bred Mr. Jagermeister faces six other 3-year-olds in the $150,000 Bachelor Stakes today at Oaklawn Park. This kicks off the three-day Racing Festival of the South at the Hot Springs, Ark, racetrack.

Mr. Jagermeister arrived at Oaklawn earlier this week from his Phoenix base with trainer Valorie Lund and has settled into the shedrow of Mac Robertson. Yesterday Lund schooled the colt along with several of Robertson’s stakes runners that will compete in the Festival. Mac provided some pointers along the way about the Oaklawn facility. All went well according to Lund in both the enclosed paddock and the grassy area where stakes horses parade.

“I couldn’t ask him to be any better,” she said. “He is full of himself.”

Mr. Jagermeister galloped a mile and a half on Wednesday and was scheduled to jog this morning.

“He looks and feels marvelous,” Lund said.

Jockey Andrew Ramgeet, who has been aboard in five of six career starts, winning three of them including the Northern Lights Futurity, is due in town this morning from Phoenix.

The speedy favorite Mitole from the Steve Asmussen barn is the horse to beat. He has won two of four starts at Oaklawn and most recently romped in an allowance earning a 97 Beyer Speed Figure, the best of any entered.

Fans of racing in Shakopee know that Mr. Jagermeister looked Amy’s Challenge in the eye in the Shakopee Juvenile last September before grudgingly conceding. Amy’s Challenge, one of Robertson’s stakes horses who races in Friday’s $400,000 Fantasy Stakes, is one of the best fillies in the country. Lund is hoping today’s Bachelor unfolds like the Shakopee Juvenile with Mr. Jagermeister sitting off the pace early.  Of course that was the plan in the San Vicente before he broke on top and dueled through grueling fractions and faded. Today could be different with the right trip. Lund is hoping Mr. Jagermeister can “sit, engage, and go on.”  It all unfolds in the ninth race on the Oaklawn program slated to run at 5:10 p.m.

Mr. Jagermeister Set To Race Monday at Turf Paradise

Minnesota-bred 3-year-old Mr. Jagermeister last raced on Feb. 10 at Santa Anita in the Grade 2 San Vicente.

His trainer Valorie Lund had hopes of competing with the quality sprinters who were entered and envisioned a race where her colt sat off the pace in the early stages of the 7 furlong journey. The race unfolded differently and jockey Geovanni Franco quickly was on the lead with last year’s Northern Lights Futurity winner, locked in battle with the 2 to 5 favorite Ax Man through fractions of 22 flat and 44.25. Neither lasted the trip, with Mr. Jagermeister finishing sixth and last and Ax Man in fourth, 16 lengths from the winner on a day where sprint speed was not holding.

Lund thought a race like that might take its toll but he “took it very well” she said. He “didn’t drop a ton of weight” and “bounced back very well.”

So much so that Lund has entered Mr. Jagermeister at Turf Paradise for Monday in a 5 ½ furlong optional claiming race, the seventh event on an eight race card that begins at 1:55 PM Central.

Lund was eager to get him back to the races. “Based on how well he came out I thought I’d find a softer spot,” she said with the plan of the Monday race being a form of “heart repair.”

Andrew Ramgeet, who was aboard in all but the Santa Anita start, will ride. Post time for the race is 4:43.

Mr. Jagermeister is the most accomplished in terms of purse earnings in the nine-horse field, with $103,345. His career best Beyer Speed Figure of 90, earned in the Shakopee Juvenile where he ran second to Amy’s Challenge, is 17 points higher than any of the rest. The morning line has him as the prohibitive favorite at 2 to 5.

Now at Canterbury: Andrew and Tina Ramgeet

Andrew & Tina Ramgeet 7-7-16New faces arrived at Canterbury Park earlier this month: Tina and Andrew Ramgeet. Tina is a thoroughbred trainer, while her husband Andrew is a jockey.

Tina is from eastern Ohio, Andrew from Kingston, Jamaica. Both were racetrackers long before they were husband and wife. Andrew rode for several years in his homeland. He was the Jamaican champion rider three times in a career that began in 1978.

“I won 1,300 races there,” Andrew said. “I won eight races in one day once. Rode ten, won eight.” That rare feat occurred at Caymanas Racetrack.

He kept winning when he came to the states as well, more than 1,300 times thus far, riding up and down the east coast.

Tina grew up in a racing family. She earned a degree in education from West Liberty University, met Andrew at Mountaineer Park, got married soon thereafter, and later began raising a family of her own.

Andrew and Tina have been married 13 years now and have three children:  A.J. is 8, Aidan is 6, and Catalea is 2. All of them, even the youngest, spend time at the barn, helping out in one way or another.

“This is a family affair,” said Tina, who knows what it’s like being a child in a racing family. Her father was a trainer. “He was gone a lot,” she said.

The importance of being together as a family necessitated the couple finding a racetrack with dates that would accommodate stability.

“We don’t like to be apart too long,” Tina said. They settled on Turf Paradise which races from fall to spring. Canterbury could be the perfect summer home for the Ramgeet family.

Andrew, who was injured at the end of the Turf Paradise meet thus delaying his Shakopee arrival, is represented by agent Richard Grunder.  Andrew established solid connections with trainers Robertino Diodoro, Dave Van Winkle and other Phoenix stables already and will quickly settle in here as well.  And of course he rides first call for Tina. She has a four-horse stable here but normally trains a dozen or more.

Ramgeet Family