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Mahogany narrowly misses Caymanas record

Published:Monday | August 17, 2020 | 12:26 AMAinsley Walters/Gleaner Writer
MAHOGANY, ridden by Omar Walker, strides to victory in the eighth race at Caymanas Park yesterday.
MAHOGANY, ridden by Omar Walker, strides to victory in the eighth race at Caymanas Park yesterday.

MAHOGANY almost busted the eight-and-a-half-furlong track record at Caymanas Park yesterday, going within four-fifths of a second of SMILE ‘N’ LEAVE’s mark of 1:42.1, set in 1997, with Wesley Henry riding at 93lb.

Partnered by six-time champion Omar Walker, taking over from Dane Dawkins, MAHOGANY posted a stupendous 1:43.0 with 117lb, romping home unchallenged by a little over 10 lengths.

MAHOGANY’S head-turning victory immediately set tongues wagging in anticipation of an October 31 St Leger rematch with WOW WOW, who ran him down in last month’s 2000 Guineas after Dawkins launched the gelding in kamikaze splits for the first six furlongs.

Riding in a still wind, Walker joined early leader JAMAI RAJA after two and a half furlongs before peeling off leaving the half-mile marker.

MAHOGANY was racing the clock after that and spun into the lane with a crippling six-furlong split of 1:10.0, running a mile in 1:36.4 as he coasted in well clear of SUMMER SUN.

Leading rider Dane Nelson bagged a two-timer on the nine-race card, guiding home 3-5 favourite BABY STAR in the fourth and a bustling ride astride ONEOFAKIND for champion trainer Anthony Nunes, to outrun rival Wayne DaCosta’s pair of FEARLESS CHAMPION and TOMOHAWK at a mile.

Racing continues at Caymanas Park on Saturday.

ainsley.walters@gleanerjm.com