Thomas goes two clear in jockeys' race
CHAMPION apprentice Anthony Thomas notched two winners yesterday, including FORTUNEONEHUNDRED in the Millard Ziadie Memorial, to edge two clear of Shane Ellis atop the jockeys' table.
Hunting back-to-back wins aboard FORTUNEONEHUNDRED among $350,000 claimers, Thomas put the former top-class campaigner in front in the ninth, repelling challenges from PIZARRO, and later 8-5 favourite BOFFO, to win by three and a quarter lengths, handing the apprentice his 14th winner of the season.
Thomas opened his account with Gary Subratie's LOCOMOTIVE at odds of 7-2 in the fourth race, beating three-year-old maidens at 1100 metres.
The chestnut colt swooped down third at the top of the lane, splitting stablemate NUCLEAR DON DADA and ARIA, who disputed the lead from the start.
Pushed out by Thomas, LOCOMOTIVE pulled away for a comfortable two-length win, handing Subratie the first of two winners on the 10-race card.
Subratie saddled a second maiden winner, 8-1 chance INNOVATOR, a debutant, who won the eighth at a mile, in a driving finish, with jockey Robert Halledeen astride.
Ellis, who started the afternoon on 11 winners, one behind Thomas, scored a ridiculously easy win with 4-5 favourite BIG BLACK NATION, who plunged from $450,000 claiming to plunder $180,000 company in the sixth.
Thomas shared honours with Panamanian Dick Cardenas and non-claiming apprentice Linton Steadman, each riding a winner for Anthony Nunes.
Steadman made all with even-money chance ANOTHER VIGOROUS at 1100 metres, humbling United States-bred debutante, SUPER SPARKLE, the 3-5 favourite, who finished eight and a half lengths away with Ellis astride.
Steadman returned to get leading trainer Nunes going in the fifth at 1500 metres aboard 3-1 chance BRUCE WAYNE, who completed back-to-back victories against stablemate MUSKETOON.
Cardenas retained third in the jockeys' standings on 11 winners, behind Thomas and Ellis, landing the second event with MAJOR FORCE and the seventh aboard Nunes' DIOSA DE ORO, making all with both horses, who won at 1500 and 1820 metres, respectively.
The day's stunner came in the 10th, 32-1 shot OKAHUMPA, who doggedly made all with Wesley Henry at 1000 metres straight.
OKAHUMPA further confounded punters chasing the Pick 4, which paid a consolation $95,636 to winning tickets, but will enter Wednesday's holiday card with its single-winner bonus jackpot at $5.35 million.
The Twilight 6 paid $1,020,578, but the single-winner Pick-9 went abegging and will have a $1.66 million carry-over to Ash Wednesday.