Orville Clarke, Sunday Gleaner Writer
On a day of upsets, the 17-1 outsider MISS BOSS LADY, with former champion Omar Walker aboard, produced a devastating stretch run to beat her little-fancied stable-companion THERE GOES JUSTIN (64-1) by 11/2 lengths in the Royal Dad Trophy over 1820 metres, feature event at Caymanas Park yesterday.
In addition to the Fitzgerald Richards-trained American 3-y-o filly MISS BOSS LADY, other notable upsets came via 99-1 shot RISING RAJ (made all) for trainer Wayne Parchment and his mom Margaret in the closing race over 1700 metres, as well Courtney Walsh's 4-y-o gelding JAGSOVER at 26-1 in the fourth and SIR DANE at 9-1 under 59-year-old jockey Vassell Najair in the seventh.
In the Royal Dad Trophy for native and imported three-year-olds, MISS BOSS LADY was unable to go the early pace and also suffered interference when moving up on the inside at the half mile, at which stage THERE GOES JUSTIN led comfortably from DREAM POINT in a field of nine.
Although THERE GOES JUSTIN turned for home clear of DREAM POINT and looked the likely winner when still clear a furlong out, he was denied in the closing stages by MISS BOSS LADY, who came flying at the finish.
DREAM POINT (6-1) faded into third, another 11/4 lengths away, while 7-5 favourite CLASSIC PRINCESS faded from the final bend to finish out of the frame.
RISING RAJ, who made all in the nightpan, provided 19-y-o apprentice O'Brien White with his first winner. A past student of Holmwood Technical in Christiana, White became the 10th apprentice from the batch of 19, which recently graduated from the Jockeys' School, to ride a winner.
The Lester Saunders Memorial Cup Trophy secondary feature for maiden two-year-olds over 1400 metres provided the 3-4 favourite BORDER LINE with an easy victory. The son of Traditional was ridden by leading jockey Dane Nelson for trainer Richard Azan.