Ronron shows she certainly can run
Orville Clarke, Gleaner Writer
The highly thought of American filly, RONRON, overcame early difficulties to win the Restricted Stakes over 1400 metres for imported three-year-olds and up at Caymanas Park yesterday, clocking a fast time in the process.
Installed a howling 1-9 favourite with Paul 'Country' Francis aboard, RONRON was not only bumped into on leaving the starting gate, but ran the first 500 metres with Francis riding 'Indian Style' - his foot dangling out of the stirrups.
During all of this, top weight MR ZIP (14-1) led from the 99-1 outsider ALEXA'S SONG, with RONRON trying to get her act together in third.
In the end, Francis sorted out his problem, assumed the lead from MR ZIP leaving the 600-metre pole and thwarted a feeble challenge from 3-1 chance BELOW THE WAIST on entering the straight to beat her by four lengths, in the smart time of 1:24.3.
Following a Stewards' Inquiry, second past the post BELOW THE WAIST, running down from the number seven post position on the outside, was disqualified and placed last for causing the chain-reaction interference to ALLABOUTTHECASH, third past the post BURST OF ENERGY (5-1) and RONRON.
BURST OF ENERGY was subsequently promoted to second and ALEXA'S SONG to third, the chestnut filly paying a whopping $992 to place.
Owned by Kenval Wallace, RONRON, a 3-y-o bay filly by Lion Heart out of Technical Analysis, chalked up her second win from only four career starts. For yesterday's race, she was saddled by trainer Dalton Sirjue in the absence of regular trainer Gary Subratie, who left the island on Monday for the Ocala Sale in Florida.
Top trainers Wayne DaCosta, Philip Feanny and Dwight Chen are also visiting Ocala to buy horses for their clients.
On a day when five-time champion jockey Trevor Simpson rode back-to-back winners in MAHARANI (6-5 fav) and stable-companion DANCING SAM (7-2), both for trainer Deon Facey, RONRON was one of four favourites to score on the card.
The lone upset came via the 3-y-o debutante, MICHIEPOOH (made most), at 32-1 in the closing race for maiden three-year-olds over 1200 metres.