Orville Clarke, Gleaner Writer
The Pick-9, which offers a $1,000,694 carryover from Wednesday, will embrace all nine races at Caymanas Park tomorrow.
Both Super-6s were caught at the mid-week meet and start anew with guaranteed minimums of $750,000 each.
The first Super-6 will be conducted from race two to seven, the overlapping Super-6 from the fourth to the ninth race.
We look at the first Super-6 which should provide the sparingly raced SPARKLE HAVEN (Dick Cardenas up) with an easy victory in the restricted allowance race (non-winners of two) over 1300 metres.
Despite racing for the first time since March of last year, SPARKLE HAVEN, who was third to subsequent Oaks winner EXOTIC GOLD in the Thornbird Guineas Trial Stakes over 1400 metres when last raced 10 months ago, has been extensively prepared to meet this engagement and none will report fitter.
She is basically a cut above her seven opponents and should have little difficulty in putting away the recent winner SOCIAL BUTTERFLY and SUNSHINE CITY.
The Richard Azan-trained PISCEAN ROCKET, with in-form four-time champion Omar Walker aboard, should follow suit in the second Super-6 race over the round-five course, this for native-bred three-year-olds.
A budding classic aspirant, PISCEAN GOLD was beaten by the highly thought of WILLIE GOLDSMITH over 1400 metres last Saturday, but is better suited to this quick sprint, and in a small field of six should lead home THE TACTICIAN and LADY OF MERIT.
FIGHT FOR TOP HONOURS
Next is a three-year-old maiden condition race over the round-five course which pits the promising HAWKEYE (Walker up) and the well-forward debutant ROCK UNION (Shane Ellis) in a straight fight for top honours, both having worked well.
The Richard Azan-trained HAWKEYE, who last raced as a two-year-old in June, looked well at exercise on January 22, galloping 51/2 furlongs in 1:09.0 by 1:02.2.
ROCK UNION, a bay colt by Seeking The Glory out of Lady Lydia from the Anthony Nunes stable, looked sharp in a five-furlong spin on the round course. clocking 1:02.1. Prior to that, he beat PRINCIPE at exercise and finished heads on with AQUAMOTO in two gallops. ROCK UNION is given the edge in a field of seven.
REGION DE NASKRA, who ran two good races in defeat over the straight in recent months, should prove too strong for old rivals MY MONEY and COMMANDER LEI in the fourth Super-6 race over the straight for maiden five-year-olds and up.
Champion jockey Dane Nelson, who was aboard when REGION DE NASKRA finished second to THE SMOKER over 1200 metres recently, has retained the ride and should make no mistake this time around.
Next on the programme is a $180,000 claiming race over the straight-five course which looks made to order for FOREVER MINE, a fast-time runaway winner from AUSTIN LUKE over the course on January 12.
A rejuvenated eight-year-old gelding, FOREVER MINE, with former champion Trevor Simpson again in the saddle, won too easily to be opposed in basically the same company. He should lead home a trio comprising ROSE GOLD, POCKET ACE and AUSTIN LUKE.
The sixth and final Super-6 race (the seventh) for the Alty V. Armond Memorial Cup over 2000 metres should provide the down-in-class VONALMIGHTY (Walker up) with a long overdue victory, having dropped three classes to vie for this trophy.
His twin dangers are super fit CRUISER, who seeks his fourth consecutive wins, and the consistent GENERAL C in a field of 13.
FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES
(2) SPARKLE HAVEN/SOCIAL BUTTERFLY
(3) PISCEAN ROCKET
(4) ROCK UNION/HAWKEYE
(5) REGION DE NASKRA/MY MONEY
(6) FOREVER MINE/POCKET ACE