He's Really OK lands Legal Light Trophy
Orville Clarke, Gleaner Writer
Last year's UBA Derby winner HE'S REALLY OK outfinished a good field of grade one horses to win the $1.1 million Legal Light Trophy race over 1820 metres at Caymanas Park yesterday.
Given a copybook ride by his Derby-winning jockey, Paul 'Country' Francis, to save ground on the inside throughout, HE'S REALLY OK chased long-time leader THE BOMBER (3-1) under champion jockey Omar Walker and the 2008 Superstakes winner AD INFINITUM before moving into second (on rails) leaving the 1000-metre pole.
The 4-y-o grey gelding by He'stherealthing out of OK Mom then took on THE BOMBER, and pointing on the inside passing the 600-metre pole. He turned for home just marginally ahead of THE BOMBER and the 2009 Superstakes winner HOMBRE, ridden from off the pace in the six-strong field.
Although THE BOMBER came back to point briefly on the outside approaching the distance, HE'S REALLY OK responded nicely to some torrid left-hand whipping to regain the lead, holding on by a length from AD INFINITUM, coming back on the inside, with THE BOMBER a farther half length away third.
HE'S REALLY OK, who beat BRUCEONTHELOOSE by a short head in an epic last-furlong duel in the 2009 Derby to emerge the season's leading stakes winner with $5.7 million, trained off badly at the backend of last season, finishing down the field in both the Superstakes and Harry Jackson Memorial Cup on Boxing Day.
His owner/trainer Patrick Smellie explains that after winning the Prime Minister's Stakes on August 6, HE'S REALLY OK was pricked by the blacksmith and this caused some major problems.
"However, I exercised a lot of patience to bring him back, and having trained him well in preparation for this race, knew they had to run today to beat him," said Smellie, who is also the breeder of HE'S REALLY OK.