Impressive run by Corazon
CORAZON, the best local juvenile filly last season, made a smashing return to the races as a three-year-old yesterday, wiring five rivals at six furlongs, clocking an impressive 1:12.4 for a seven-length victory.
Sent off as the money-back favourite, CORAZON broke smartly with Robert Halledeen but was taken in hand to track BOLD AFLAIR for the first three furlongs before taking charge.
Asked to run by Halledeen, the Blue Pepsi Lodge-My Heartbeat offspring disappeared from rivals, leaving her stablemate, 88-1 outsider, SHE’S SYMBOLIC, to close the exacta for Nunes with apprentice Raddesh Roman.
It was a smart performance by CORAZON, beating older and imported horses, after finishing fourth in December’s Jamaica Two-Year-Old Stakes at a mile, her only blemish in five starts. CORAZON is being prepared for the 1000 Guineas at a mile in April and has prep events such as the seven-furlong Thornbird Stakes in March lined up in her crosshairs.
Apprentice Christopher Mamdeen logged a whopping double, landing the seventh event aboard 7-1 shot KEY WITNESS, then followed up with 36-1 long shot, STALLWALKIN’GIRL, for trainer Carl Anderson, who closed a mega exacta with 89-1 shocker, PERFECT UNION, ridden by Javaniel Patterson.
Meanwhile, EL PROFESOR, fifth in last year’s 2000 Guineas, bounced back to form, winning the ninth event at five furlongs round with Trevor Simpson, who moved his tally to six winners this season, on winter break from the North American circuit, sharing top spot in the jockeys’ standings with Mamdeen.
Racing continues at Caymanas Park on Saturday.