Another classy performance by Parsard's Boy Wonder
Orville Clarke, Sunday Gleaner Writer
The progressive three-year-old colt BOY WONDER closed out the 2014 racing season with another fast-time victory in the open allowance race over 1400 metres at Caymanas Park yesterday, ticking off his fourth consecutive win in the process.
Installed a 1-2 favourite with former champion Omar Walker riding for trainer Harry Parsard, BOY WONDER was not the best away in the six-horse field, but recovered quickly to assume the lead from FORTUNEONEHUNDRED and CAMPESINO approaching the half mile.
Although tracked by the highly fancied UNCLE TAF (1-1) entering the straight, BOY WONDER soon lengthened his strides under strong urging from Walker to beat UNCLE TAF by 21/2 lengths, covering the distance in a fast 1:24.4 behind splits of 23.2, 46.1 and a blistering 1:10.3 for the first 1200 metres.
Parsard, father of trainer Ian Parsard, who had conditioned BOY WONDER up to three months ago, said the horse is definitely "going places" and even with a few kilos overweight for the services of Walker, defeat was out of the question.
"Being lightly raced owing to his problems early in the season which forced him to miss the classics, BOY WONDER has tremendous scope, and we are yet to see the best of him," said Parsard.
Ian Parsard was also pleased with the victory but had one reservation: "Once again, he refused to change his lead early in the straight but despite this ran out an easy winner. He still has one more race in open allowance company before graduating to grade class, and we will be watching his progress keenly next season," he added.
Walker and trainer Harry Parsard were denied another winner on the card when the unbeaten American two-year-old colt SUPERIOR QUALITY bolted prior to the opening race for the Sweet Ruckus Trophy over 1400 metres and was a late scratch as the howling 1-9 favourite.
Parsard said: "He was in the gate when my other horse ELDORADO flipped over in the number two stall, his feet clipping SUPERIOR QUALITY who was drawn beside him at post position one. SUPERIOR QUALITY bolted behind the gate as a result and along with ELDORADO were withdrawn," he recounted.
Unbeaten in two starts
Victory went to the newly installed 1-4 favourite LADY SANGEETA, who made all under Shane Ellis to win by 51/2 lengths in a field of four. Unbeaten in two starts, LADY SANGEETA, a dark bay filly by Blue Pepsi Lodge out of EN Vogue, is owed by W.B. Racing, and trained by Patrick Chang.
The Wayne DaCosta-trained SUPERTRONICS romped the round five Stewards' Cup for maiden two-year-olds, winning by 91/2 lengths with Robert Halledeen riding for outgoing champion owner Carlton Watson. Watson relinquished his title in style with a four-timer.
Horses sporting his familiar white and burgundy silks won four consecutive races (from the second to the fifth), a record for an owner. His winners were JACK DE CHARMER, SUPERTRONICS, ST BERNARD and DEO VOLENTE (all favourites). Three of them were saddled by DaCosta, who won a record equalling 14th trainers' championship and his eighth in a row.