Orville Clarke, Gleaner Writer
Notable upsets by QUIETLY BRILLIANT (21-1) and ELUSIVE DREAM (12-1) at Caymanas Park last Saturday meant the Pick-9 had no takers.
As a result, the carryover to tomorrow's race meet stands at a whopping $2.8 million, ensuring a first prize of over $3.5 million if caught.
The Pick-9 will be conducted from races two to 10, the first Super-6 from race one to six, the late Super-6 from race five to 10. We look at the first Super-6 which gets under way with a two-year-old maiden special to be contested by seven starters over the round five course. The field includes MOM RULES, GOLD PRICE, SANTANA and PROPHETESS, all of whom have shown promise in previous races.
The Gary Subratie-trained MOM RULES beat all barring KLICKNPLAY over 800 metres straight on her second outing August 1 and having administered Lasix for the first time, should play a prominent role in the outcome.
The same is true of SANTANA, who was just behind MOM RULES on his recent debut. The one I like best is GOLD PRICE, now administered Lasix after finishing a close third to GOLD NUT over 600 metres on July 20. The Lorenzo Robinson owned and trained filly will report in good nick and with Paul 'Country' Francis riding in good form, should take top honours.
EL PODEROSO, now dropped in class (overnight company) after running some good races among open allowance horses in recent weeks, represents a five-star banker with leading all-time jockey Winston Griffiths aboard in the second race over 1300 metres.
The talented three-year-old filly ZACAPA also represents a nap selection in the third race over 1800 metres, having finished a close second to LADY ABHIJITA in the Oaks on April 27 and an even closer second to FANTABULOUS at 1200 metres on August 6 (Independence Day).
The lightly raced TYPE TWO, now administered Lasix and best drawn on the stands' side under champion jockey Dane nelson, gets the nod over UNCLE G (Richard Mitchell up), FLYING MARSHALL (Walker up) and the well-forward debutant ZEN ZEN in the fourth race for maiden three-year-olds over the straight five course.
The Spencer Chung-trained TYPE TWO has lots of scope and having finished a good third to WATER WAVE on her third outing recently, seems ready to put away rivals.
The fifth and sixth races should be won by LIKKLE BIT (knocking at the door) and the well-prepared FASTANDFLASHY with the sparingly-used apprentice Kareem Richardson Garvey riding for trainer Gordon Davis. The latter has little to beat in division two of the 3-y-o maiden condition race over the straight and should provide Richardson with his first winner since his near fatal spill in a race some three years ago.
FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES
(1) GOLD PRICE/MOM RULES
(2) EL PODEROSO
(4) TYPE TWO/UNCLE G
(5) LIKKLE BIT/MADIBA
(6) FASTANDFLASHY/FUR ELYSSE