Saratoga out of sight in feature win
GARY Subratie’s one-eyed SARATOGA SIGHT missed the break but recovered down the backstretch to go in chase of stablemate UNCLE VINNIE, sprinting clear off the turn, before turning back a challenge from BRUCE WAYNE to win the Reynold Gonzalves Memorial Cup by three lengths.
Leading rider Christopher Mamdeen’s lone winner on the Labour Day 10-race card, even-money favourite SARATOGA SIGHT, a six-year-old United States-bred, was simply too strong for BRUCE WAYNE at 10 furlongs, despite allowing the local seven pounds in the overnight allowance event.
ARMAGEDDON was a 6-1 upset winner of the Labour Day Trophy, running strongly on the faster stands’ side to win by two and a quarter lengths from 25-1 longshot, NIGHT LIGHT, and 4-1 chance, TALENTED TONY K, while 1-9 favourite, CUSTER, was hard ridden to claim fourth place in the five-furlong straight opening event.
Shane Ellis and Robert Halledeen rode two winners apiece. Halledeen booted home back-to-back winners, PEEPING TOM at 8-1 and 3-1 chance, KALAHARI, in the fourth and fifth races, respectively.
Ellis pushed CODE OF HONOUR to the lead three furlongs out, galloping past ROY ROGERS, to land the third at odds of 9-1 for trainer Michael Marlowe. He returned aboard 2-1 chance, KING TAVARI, to turn back Omar Walker astride CELEBRATION in the sixth.
KALAHARI in the fifth
Leading trainer Anthony Nunes was denied a two-timer, posting KALAHARI in the fifth, but saw LATAPY’s number taken down in the eighth, the race awarded to second-past-the-post SURE COTE, after jockey Aaron Chatrie took CASE CLOSED’s ground on the home turn.
Mamdeen remained four winners clear of fellow apprentice Reyan Lewis atop the jockeys’ standings. Lewis notched his lone win aboard CRUCIAL RIDE in the second event.
Racing continues at Caymanas Park tomorrow with the 10-furlong Governor’s Cup for which Nunes’ 2000 Guineas winner, SUPREME SOUL, is the ante-post favourite.