Nelson boots four-timer
Orville Clarke, Gleaner Writer
Two-time champion jockey Dane Nelson rode four winners from as many rides at Caymanas Park yesterday, including the howling 1-5 favourite TYPEWRITER, who won the open allowance feature for the Nigel Nunes Memorial Cup over 1820 metres for the second consecutive year.
His other winners were GRAN CORAZON at 2-1 for trainer Rowan Mathie in the second race over 1600 metres, ROLEX at 4-1 for trainer Joseph Durrant in the third, and in the very next race, completed a quick hat-trick aboard 2-1 favourite WINESHA for trainer Ryan Darby.
All three won in decisive fashion, while later in the afternoon, the 2013 Superstakes winner, TYPEWRITER, closed out the four-timer in the day's feature, scoring by three-quarter length from long-time leader EXOTIC GOLD (5-1) under leading jockey Dick Cardenas.
Indeed, Nelson and Cardenas (two winners) dominated the nine-race programme with six winners between them.
After the back-to-back meets, Cardenas, with three winners over the weekend, still leads the standings with 69 winners - three clear of Nelson, on 66, going into the final four months of the season.
The Spencer Chung-trained TYPEWRITER ticked off his 11th win from 20 career starts in the Nunes Memorial, but had to be ridden out to beat the 2012 Oaks winner EXOTIC GOLD in a field of five.
EXOTIC GOLD led unmolested from soon after the start, and although looking quite relaxed when six lengths clear of topweight TYPEWRITER passing the half mile, was gobbled up from early in the last furlong.
With this victory, TYPEWRITER, who won the Derby and St Leger as a three-year-old in 2012, pushed his career earnings just past the $14 million mark. The five-year-old bay gelding by Western Classic out of Docs' Paladin is owned by Robert and Valentine Chung and bred by HAM Stables.
In the Rhoel Rhoden Memorial Cup for maiden and untried two-year-olds over 1100 metres, COME DANCE WITH ME made a smashing debut as the 1-2 favourite, going wire to wire to win by 7 1/2 lengths from another highly fancied newcomer, ALI BABA, covering the distance in the smart time of 1:06.2.
Ridden by Percy Williams, the chestnut filly by Blue Pepsi Lodge out of Soca Dancer is owned and bred by Howard Hamilton and trained by Dwight Chen.
Williams, champion jockey in 1994, emerged the top rider on Saturday with odds-on favourite TURN ME LOOSE in the Terremoto Cup and the lightly raced JUSTICE RHOODAL, who died after winning the fifth race in a driving finish.