Diligent a Cal's Derby Day banker
Thanks to Cal's Manufacturing, title sponsors of tomorrow's 96th running of the Jamaica Derby at Caymanas Park, provision has been made on the day to upgrade the guaranteed minimum of both Super-6s to $1.5 million, up from $750,000, and the Pick-9 from $1 million to $1.3 million.
This move is designed to boost sales on the mammoth 13-race card on a day when Cal's will go the extra mile in other areas to make it an unforgettable race day.
The first Super-6 will be conducted from race two to seven, the late Super-6 from race eight to 13, the Pick-9 from race five to 13.
We look at race one in the first Super-6 to be contested by 10 starters over 1100 metres (claiming $350,00 $300,000) for the Cal's Coconut Milk Powder Trophy, including top contenders EL NUMERO UNO, with in-form Aaron Chatrie; BAD BOY JUSTIN, with star apprentice Bebeto Harvey, and the speedy AUNT HILDA, who will have to be caught with Renaldo McNaughton aboard.
All three are enjoying good form, and with AUNT HILDA and EL NUMERO UNO expected to set a cracking pace into the straight, they could play into the hands of run-on sprinter BAD BOY JUSTIN from the stables of Robert Darby Sr. The five-year-old gelding was highly fancied to win the Sports Journalists of Jamaica Trophy over 1200 metres on June 8 but finished a length fourth to SHADE OF BEAUTY and EL NUMERO UNO in a blanket finish, this after missing the break, but had previously won over this trip on April 24 ahead of FRANKENSTORM.
MODEL OF CONSISTENCY
PROLIFIC PRINCESS, who hails from the in-form stables of Neive Graham and popular owner O'Shaun Connection, has been a model of consistency since winning easily over 1200 metres on April 30, and having run MOM'S STUDENT close in her subsequent race over 1100 metres, is tipped to resume winning ways in the third for the Cal's Tomato Ketchup over 1500 metres, with in-form claiming apprentice Odean Edwards aboard. Recent winner MR AMBASSADOR and SUPERTRONICS are twin dangers in a field of nine.
Another recent winner, BIG GEORGE, with four-time champion Omar Walker riding for 15-champion trainer Wayne DaCosta, holds the key to the fourth race over 1200 metres for the Cal's Corn Beef Trophy. BIG GEORGE won easily enough last time with Walker up to be given the edge over ST BERNARD (Shane Ellis up) and CHEERS in a field of 14 claiming horses from $250,00 $210,000 spread.
The fifth for the Cal's Vinegar Trophy over 1200 metres should resolve itself into a straight fight between DILIGENT and MR LYNDHURST, who has shown worthwhile ability. DILIGENT, who finished third to HELLO LADY over 1100 metres last Saturday, will be ridden by visiting two-time local champion Joe Buchanan for trainer Patrick Lynch, a winning combination in my book.
The last two races in the first Super-6 should be won by EL SALDADO (Ellis up) and the recent winner, BLESSEDNESS with Bebeto Harvey aboard.
FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES
(2) BAD BOY JUSTIN/EL NUMERO UNO
(3) PROLIFIC PRINCESS/MR AMBASSADOR
(4) BIG GEORGE/ST BERNARD
(5) DILIGENT/MR LYNDHURST
(6) EL SALDADO/MR TOPPER TOP MAN
(7) BLESSEDNESS/BARS OF GOLD