Hat-trick for the 'Buzz'
The classy 4-y-o colt BUZZ NIGHTMARE duly completed a hat-trick of wins at Caymanas Park yesterday, going wire-to-wire in the open allowance feature over 1,200 metres for the Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame Stakes Trophy.
The pre-derby day feature, sponsored by the Jamaica Racing Commission, attracted six starters, and punters made BUZZ NIGHTMARE a howling 1-9 favourite with top apprentice Linton Steadman riding for 14-time champion trainer Philip Feanny and owners 2 Penyu.
Breaking smartly from the number one post position, 'BUZZ', who led narrowly on the inside from CRUCIAL APPEAL, turned for home a length ahead and soon found another gear to win by 4-1/2 lengths from the improving DREAMCOMETRUE (8-1) with UPPA TUNE third.
The winner, a bay colt by Into Michief out of Queen Of Battle, covered the distance in a moderate 1:13.2 behind splits of 22.2 and 45.4 for the half mile, but in fairness to him, the track was running on the slow side yesterday.
This was his eighth win from 11 career starts with stakes of $3.6 million.
APPRENTICE JOCKEYS DOMINANT
On a day dominated by the apprentice jockeys, who accounted for nine winners, 20-year-old Bebeto Harvey highlighted the 11-race programme with three winners, the second triple of his career. His winners were odds-on favourites MY WAY and DRIPPING IN GOLD for champion trainer Wayne DaCosta and 5-1 chance ALDEBARAN in the $180,000 claiming race over 1,200 metres. Fellow apprentices Dane Dawkins and Javaneil Patterson clipped in with two winners each.
The attention will now be turned on the 96th running of the Cal's Jamaica Derby on Saturday, June 25, to be contested by the maximum 16 starters, including Triple Crown aspirants FUTURE KING and A THOUSAND STARS.