Feature double for Subratie
TRAINER Gary Subratie yesterday won both sections of the divided Jamaica Racehorse Trainers Association (JRTA) feature event with K D FLYER and PLEASANT SECRET, sharing top honours with title-chasing Anthony Nunes on the 11-race card.
Subratie's horses both won at odds of 2-1 with apprentice riders, K D FLYER partnered by Dane Dawkins and Anthony Thomas aboard PLEASANT SECRET.
Meanwhile, Nunes's two winners, 21-1 long-shot KANALOA and 9-5 favourite DONTAE, kept alive his hopes of reeling in rival Wayne DaCosta in the trainers' championship.
DaCosta drew first blood in the first race of the afternoon with GRANITE but failed to add to his tally when favourites UNCLE WAL and BRANDY lost in contrasting fashion.
UNCLE WAL led the second event but failed to stay a mile and finished last. BRANDY, however, was beaten in a driving finish by 3-1 chance MARQUESAS in the 1200-metre Dye Job Sprint for two-year-olds.
GRANITE's victory and BRANDY's second-place run earned DaCosta $600,600 whereas Nunes picked up $1,274,450 with his two winners, plus a pair of second-place finishes with BRUCE WAYNE and ICTUS, in addition to a third-place run with HELLO LADY.
Though a drop in the bucket, Nunes reduced the $6.1 million deficit behind the champion trainer by $673,800, well below the required strike rate of $1 million plus, per race day, he needs to reel in his rival.
Back-to-back outsiders, KANALOA and 53-1 shocker, TOP EAGLE, ensured the single-winner Pick-9 carry-over exceeded $7 million, daunting task for punters hoping to nab the bet which will only reward its full payout to a single winner.
Racing continues at Caymanas Park on Saturday.