Orville Clarke, Gleaner Writer
With as many as six favourites obliging at Caymanas Park last Saturday, the Pick-9 was cornered by a multitude of punters and starts anew with the guaranteed minimum of $1 million.
Both Super-6s were also caught by many and each offers the guaranteed minimum $750,000 carryover.
The Pick-9 will embrace all nine races, the first Super-6 from race two to seven, the overlapping Super-6 from four to nine.
We look at the first Super-6 which kicks off with a 3-y-o and up maiden condition race to be contested by eight starters, including top contenders TURBULENT VELOCITY (Richard Mitchell up) and the debutant ADMIRAL SNOW (Shane Ellis), both American-bred 3-y-o colts.
It will definitely come down to these two. The Paul Hylton-trained ADMIRAL SNOW has been working well from the beginning of the year, galloping 51/2 in 1:08.3 by 1:00.4 on Sunday morning and 1:00.0 flat (bullet work) on the round course January 27. With his preparation complete, the son of Successful Ways will only go down fighting.
Preference, however, is for the Denrick Chambers-trained TURBULENT VELOCITY, who has been turning in bullet work after bullet work after finishing second to COMMANDER ONE behind a fast time on his recent debut over 1100 metres. The son of Omega Code clocked 1:13.3 in a six-furlong spin on January 30, a winning work in my book.
Race two in the Super-6 over 1200 metres, a 3-y-o maiden condition race, looks tailored for the Gary Subratie-trained PERFECT DAY (Ameth Robles up) on the strength of her close second to RASTARAVEN over the distance on her January 30 debut.
The bay filly came home well to be beaten a length, and now better for the experience, gets the nod over SOCA TRAIN, with Mitchell up, in a field of seven.
MOM'S SERECT A FAVOURITE
Down-in-class MOM'S SECRET, to be ridden by champion jockey Dane Nelson for 12-time champion trainer Wayne DaCosta, should prove too good for the recent winner SHINING GOLD and CASHMERE GOLD in the third Super-6 race over 1200 metres, this for $250,000-$210,000 claiming horses.
MOM'S SECRET has gone winless for months, but having finished a fair sixth to RAJA HINDUSTANI in a fast-run 1100-metre race for the Howard Philipps Memorial Cup on January 30, the 4-y-o daughter of Dayton Flyer-Sabatini could not have asked for an easier opportunity to score an overdue win.
Prior to her last race, MOM'S SECRET finished four lengths seventh to PRESCRIPTION in a fast-run straight five race (57.2) and was a close third to JAYLEN over 1300 metres on a $550,000 claiming tag on October 31. Tomorrow, she runs for $250,000 with a mere 52.0kg.
GHOST RAPPER, now reunited with his favourite rider Omar Walker, and the useful WAIT AWHILE (Shamaree Muir) should have a battle royal for top honours in the James B. Dawes Memorial Trophy (claiming $450,000-$400,000) over 1300 metres, the fourth Super-6 race.
While the grey WAIT AWHILE looks tempting at the weights, the seven-year-old gelding GHOST RAPPER is as tough as they come, having won seven races last season. He ran on strongly for a good win over 1200 metres on January 1, and even from the head of the weights (57.0kg) is preferred to WAIT AWHILE.
The last two races should be won by the front-running PRINCIPE (Ellis up) and DEO VOLENTE (Nelson aboard), both of whom lost out in driving finishes to ETHOS and AVENTURA, respectively, in recent weeks.
Their respective dangers are ROYAL LINE and EASTWOOD.
FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES
(2) TURBULENT VELOCITY/ADMIRAL SNOW
(3) PERFECT DAY
(4) MOM'S SECRET/SHINING GOLD
(5) GHOST RAPPER/WAIT AWHILE
(6) PRINCIPE/ROYAL LINE
(7) DEO VOLENTE/EASTWOOD