Turn Me Loose for Terremoto Trophy
Orville Clarke, Gleaner Writer
Native-bred two-year-olds take the spotlight at Caymanas Park today when they contest the annual renewal of the Terremoto Trophy race (non-winners of two) over the round-five course.
The race is run in honour of Terremoto, who in 1998 won both the Jamaica and Trinidad derbys for trainer Anthony 'Baba' Nunes and Barbadian owner Elias Haloute.
Six starters have been declared for the major share of the $848,000 purse, and although all were winners last time out, it will take a brave punter to oppose TURN ME LOOSE, who was most impressive on his July 19 debut over 800 metres straight.
The chestnut colt by Western Classic out of Devil Woman made all to win by nine lengths in the smart time of 47.1 with Percy Williams riding for 14-time champion trainer Philip Feanny.
TURN ME LOOSE really looked special with that victory, and having worked brilliantly in preparation for this trophy and Lasix now administered, should be racing the clock from some way out.
Also on the card is the 4-y-o and up restricted allowance race over 1800 metres for the Aston Commock Memorial Trophy, to be contested by eight starters.
The field includes top contenders MR LUVAL with leading jockey Dick Cardenas riding for champion trainer Wayne DaCosta, the 2013 Oaks winner LADY ABHIJITA under champion jockey Dane Nelson, and the front-running filly, LADY BELRIDGE, with former champion Percy Williams aboard.
Although LADY BELRIDGE is expected to lead for a long way, she should fall victim to the highly fancied pair of MR LUVAL and LADY ABHIJITA. When both last met over 1500 metres on July 16, MR LUVAL finished a close but luckless third (hampered in mid-stretch) to CLASSIC BEAU and STOP A GAP, while having LADY ABHIJITA behind in fourth. The grey colt will love the distance, and with only 52.0kg, should outfinish LADY ABHIJITA.
Meanwhile, a maximum field of 16 will contest the Cal's Soup Mixes Trophy for $180,000 claimers over the straight, and with good recent form present, it promises to be keen. The one to beat must be the down-in-class ALL IS MINE, who has scored twice over the course among better horses in recent months. TATTY'S BAD GAL, a specialist over the course, looks her main danger.
I also like SHEBIZ to win the third race, BURNING MEDIC to rebound in the eighth, and PISCEAN ROCKET to upstage PRINCE ANDREW and CLASSY PROSPECT in the ninth over 1300 metres for overnight allowance horses.