Titanic to remain afloat
Orville Clarke, Gleaner Writer
With the fancied horses holding their own at the August 31 Sunday meet at Caymanas Park, both the Pick-9 and Super-6s were caught by astute punters and start anew with guaranteed minimums of $1 million and $750,000 respectively.
The Pick-9 will embrace races two to 10 on tomorrow's programme, the first Super-6 from race one to six, the late Super-6 from race five to 10.
We look at the first Super-6 which commences with a $450,000-$400,000 claiming race over a mile to be contested by seven starters, including top contenders OVATION and UNBREAKABLE, both down in class.
OVATION, who has won twice over middle distances in recent months, had the three-year-old colt UNBREAKABLE behind when finishing a close fourth to PRINCESS SHINE over this trip on August 9. UNBREAKABLE, who won back-to-back races in restricted company on July 16 and August 1 when trained by champion Wayne DaCosta, finished a well-beaten ninth in the race won by PRINCESS SHINE. The 3-y-o son of Traditional was running from a different barn in that race, however, having been claimed by trainer Kevin Brevette from DaCosta after his August 1 win. But he still has the Clifford Atkinston Jr-trained OVATION to beat with connections going for the useful 2kg claiming apprentice Orlando Foster.
Next on the programme is a maiden condition race over 1100 metres for five-year-olds (and up).
Of the 10 declared, the quartet from which I believe the winner will emerge comprises EAZY STEPPING under champion jockey Dane Nelson, TIZ A CAT, FANCY CAT and the free-running BLUE BOMBER BOY, who is likely to carry the field into the straight with in-form apprentice Romario Saunders aboard.
I think the late-kicking EAZY STEPPING will catch them in deep stretch, based on her fast-finishing second to DOCONTRACK over the straight on August 1.
DR. BLAIR, who is knocking loudly at the door by virtue of having finished second in his last two races, is tipped to go one better with Paul Ramsay aboard in the third race for $250,000-$210,000 claiming horses over 1100 metres.
The American-bred four-year-old gelding finished a close second to LOVETTA JONES over the straight on August 2 and prior to that found only BURNING MEDIC too good over 1200 metres. He has everything in his favour today and should prove too strong for recent winner SAINT THERESA (Nelson up) and DELICIOSA (Cardenas up) in an eight-horse field.
DIOR, who has beaten much better in the not-too-distant past, indicated a return to form when chasing home the outsider MIRACLE RECOVERY over the straight on July 19. And with connections calling up promising claiming apprentice Sadiki Blake to ride him in the fourth race ($180,000 claiming) over 1100 metres, the five-year-old horse should stave off the Eddie Hamilton-trained TERRA MARIQUE (Cardenas up) the free-running MONEY HONEY in a field of 12.
The last two races should be won by front-running TITANIC (fitter now) with Richard Mairs aboard and LAPTOP under Dane Nelson. Their respective dangers are ELUSIVE DREAM and EL PATRON.
FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES
(2) EAZY STEPPING/TIZ A CAT
(3) DR BLAIR/SAINT THERESA
(4) DIOR/TERRA MARIQUE
(6) LAPTOP/EL PATRON