Orville Clarke, Sunday Gleaner Writer
American-bred REASONABLE PRESS continued his climb towards the top class at Caymanas Park yesterday, thanks to a decisive victory in the Tsetsi 'Lights Out' Davis Trophy over 1820 metres.
The three-year-old and up open allowance race was run in honour of middleweight boxer Tsetsi Davis, who made a brave bid against newly crowned champion Devon 'Concrete' Moncriffe in the Wray & Nephew Contender Series final last Wednesday night, losing on a split decision.
Being a farrier (blacksmith) at Caymanas Park for close to 20 years, Davis said he was happy that the management of Caymanas Track Limited (CTL), his employers, saw it fit to recognise one of their own with a special race in his honour.
"I've been working for so many years at the track and after the fight on Wednesday night, was happy to hear the following day that CTL would be running a race in my honour.
"The fact that they chose the biggest race on the programme to do so makes it even more gratifying and I appreciate everything they have done for me," said the 35-year-old Davis.
Davis, who was a special guest of CTL in the Directors' Room, presented the trophy to winning trainer, 14-time champion and Hall of Famer Philip Feanny, who conditions REASONABLE PRESS for owner Howard Hamilton.
Meanwhile, REASONABLE PRESS, running as the 4-5 favourite with 3.0kg claiming apprentice Orlando Foster aboard, disputed the lead with UPPA TUNE for a long time until going by at the final bend, then held on well from 6-5 chance COMMANDING CHIEF in a field of five. This was the five-year-old horse's second consecutive win from four starts this season.
Earlier in the afternoon, DELICIOSA (92) ran on strongly under jockey Devon A. Thomas to win the 10th running of the Sports Journalists of Jamaica Trophy race (claiming $350,000-$300,000) over 1200 metres.
Trained by Anthony Smith, the five-year-old mare by Western Classic out of Ethy got up in time to beat the slow-starting 3-4 favourite JARREAU and long-time leader BOURNE'S IDENTITY (29-1) by a length.
On a day when trainer Anthony 'Baba' Nunes posted three winners in MIRACLE RUN, SIRMANDI in the Valbert Marlowe Memorial Cup and the two-year-old debutant FORCE DE JOUR in the opening Eddie Black Memorial Cup, apprentice Ruja Lahoe rode two winners in SIRMANDI and SHINING GOLD.