City Flight wins but owners' race undecided
Orville Clarke, Sunday Gleaner Writer
The unbeaten American filly CITY FLIGHT crowned herself the champion two-year of the season with an impressive fast-time victory in the $1-million Sweet Ruckus Trophy graded stakes feature over 1400 metres at Caymanas Park yesterday.
Installed a howling 1-9 favourite with four-time champion jockey Omar Walker riding her for trainer Gary Subratie and owner Michros, CITY FLIGHT made most to win by the resounding margin of 121/2 lengths from stable companion OLYMPIC PROSPECT (10-1) in a field of seven native and imported two-year-olds. She covered the distance in a fast 1:25.3.
A dark bay filly by City Place out of Flight For Glory, CITY FLIGHT is unbeaten in three starts, having won her races by the combined margin of 23 lengths. She had previously won the Dye Job Sprint Trophy over 1200 metres on December 5 in the smart time of 1:12.1.
Meanwhile, confusion reigned in determining the outcome of the very close owners' championship between two-time defending champions Elite Bloodstock Limited and new kid on the block, Michros (Michael Bernard).
There were three conflicting sets of raceday statistics compiled by the Jamaica Racing Commission, Caymanas Track Limited (CTL) and TOBA, all showing the two top contenders apart by just under $800,000 in one instance and just under $900,000 on the other hand.
Based on the official statistics from the Jamaica Racing Commission published in the Track & Pools each race day, Michros needed to amass just under $800,000 during the meet to dethrone Elite Bloodstock (owners of Superstakes winner Mark My Word), who had no runners on the card.
Based on the Jamaica Racing Commission statistics, which saw Elite Bloodstock starting the day on $14,272.450 as against Michros ($13,432.650), the latter would become the new champion.
However, based on the figures put out by CTL - $14,362.950 for Elite and $13,462.150 for Michos, Elite would have retained the championship by a fistful of dollars. The same is also true of the TOBA statistics, which varied a bit from the others.
With the figures in dispute, no winner was declared. CTL's racing secretary Denzil Miller Jr said a winner will be announced tomorrow when the statistics will be double-checked and certified.
Newly crowned champion jockey Dane Nelson, who won his first title, put the icing on the cake with a triple comprising ZACK, SILVER CAT and 2-1 favourite GREEN BERET to total 124 wins, clear of outgoing champion Dick Cardenas on 92.