Timeforarms takes feature
The late-kicking TIMEFORARMS duly made it two in a row at Caymanas Park yesterday, coming from well off the pace to win the 20th running of the Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame Stakes Trophy open allowance feature over 1200 metres.
Running at odds of 5-1 with four-time champion Omar Walker aboard, the six-year-old bay horse from the stables of Fitzroy Glispie, seemingly had a mountain to climb when last but one in the eight-horse field at the half mile, as 3-2 favourite TALENTED TONY K led comfortably from TRADITIONAL PRINCE (7-2) and this year's Oaks winner MOM'S STUDENT (4-1), also trained by Glispie.
TALENTED TONY K, with apprentice Sadiki Blake aboard, came under pressure from TRADITIONAL PRINCE on the inside leaving the furlong pole, before TIMEFORARMS closed rapidly midway the last furlong, going by the leaders in a flash to win by 11/2 lengths from the fast-finishing HOVER CRAFT (8-1).
TIMEFORARMS, who, by virtue of winning this sprint underlined his new-found versatility, had previously won over 1820 metres in overnight company on May 23. Glispie said the son of Twilight Time has never been better and he decided to run him in this sprint.
"With Talented Tony K in the line-up, I knew that the pace would be fast and would be coming back late in the race. This would set it up nicely for my horse, and I am happy with his progress this season", said the former jockey.
The pre-derby nine-race programme saw Glispie posting two winners in TIMEFORARMS and 2-5 favourite GO TO HELL, while Aaron Chatrie and the apprentice Romario Saunders rode two winners each.