Seeking My Dream to show his class
The 38th running of the Burger King Superstakes over 2000 metres will take the spotlight at Caymanas Park today.
Billed as 'A Day with the King and his Horses', the nine-horse field for the prestigious invitational race with a purse of $4.5 million includes last year's winner FRANFIELD with top apprentice Bebeto Harvey riding for trainer Richard Azan; two-time winner TYPEWRITER to be ridden by Robert Halledeen for trainer Spencer Chung, as well as the reigning "Horse of the Year' SEEKING MY DREAM with leading jockey Omar Walker again riding for 15-time champion trainer Wayne DaCosta, stable-companion PERFECT NEIGHBOUR with Orlando Foster aboard and this year's St. Leger winner BIGDADDYKOOL with champion apprentice Linton Steadman riding for topline trainer Anthony "Baba' Nunes.
The above mentioned horses should ensure a highly competitive race and the winner is sure to emerge from this group.
All have looked sharp in their preparation, especially SEEKING MY DREAM and the three-year-old gelding BIGDADDYKOOL, both of whom have already won over the distance this season, BIGDADDYKOOL winning both the St. Leger and Lotto Classic (Governor's Cup) over same and having improved, could make it close.
HOPING FOR THE BEST
FRANFIELD, who won the Governor General's Stakes over the distance by four lengths from PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, is also in good nick for the race and Azan is hoping for the best. He is quietly confident:
"He won convincingly a year ago, is a better horse this year having beaten Seeking My Dream in the Chairman's Trophy in March and Perfect Neighbour in the GG Stakes. He is not only fit but has a lot of heart and I am expecting another big run from him," said Azan, who has won the Superstakes a record nine times, including four in a row with MENUDO (1999-2002).
For me, however, the choice has to be SEEKING MY DREAM now that his main rivals are sitting level with him in the scales.
The class horse of the field, SEEKING MY DREAM should at last provide DaCosta with that elusive success in the only major race he is yet to win in a career spanning 40 years.
Owned by Member of Parliament Derrick Smith, the 4-y-o colt by Seeking The Glory out of the 2008 "Horse of the Year" Alsafra notched his last win over the distance in the Prime Minister's Stakes on August 6 under topweight of 57.0kg, and although humbled by top sprinter BUZZ NIGHTMARE In the recent Gold Cup over 1400 metres, has worked impressively for today's assignment.
Elsewhere on the 12-race programme, the Philip Feanny-trained BUZZ NIGHTMARE looks a cinch for the GLEN MILLS O.D. Caribbean Sprint, while it should be the Nunes-trained HOUDINI'S MAGIC ahead of old rival BRAWN in the Coco Cola Invitational Mile. Post time 11:00 a.m.