Orville Clarke, Gleaner Writer
The Pick-9, which had eluded punters for seven consecutive racedays, was cornered by two punters at Caymanas Park Park last Saturday, each receiving $4.3 million.
Rumour has it that both prizes were won by the same person, but this could not be confirmed. What was confirmed, however, is that one of the two is an ardent turfite who wagers on local and simulcast racing religiously.
The Pick-9 and Super-6s start anew tomorrow with guaranteed minimums of $1 million and $750,000, respectively. The Pick-9 will be conducted from race two to 10, the first Super-6 from 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 one-mile race for three-year-olds (non-winners of two) to be contested by only six starters.
Looking at the ability of the runners, this should come down to a straight fight between LEGENDARY PLEASURE and GO GO TRAIN, to be ridden by leading jockey Omar Walker and apprentice Shamaree Muir, respectively.
The Gary Subratie-trained LEGENDARY PLEASURE was a fast-finishing third in a blanket finish to EL CLIENTE and MIDNIGHT LAUNCH over 1400 metres on August 25 and, given the additional furlong, should fight out the finish. Preference, however, is for GO GO TRAIN, who was fourth to FIERCEANDFABULOUS in a fast-run 1300-metre race on July 6. The bay filly from the stables of Harry Parsard has been looking up at exercise since and, having finished third to SELECTABOOK in the 1000 Guineas back in April, gets the nod from the convenient mark of 49.5kg.
Next on the programme is a restricted allowance race over 1400 metres for four-year-olds and up (non-winners of two) in which 10 have been declared.
ALYSSA'S CALL, to be ridden by 'Hall of Fame' jockey Winston 'Fanna' Griffiths once again, failed by the shortest of heads to beat AUDRE'S BLESSING over 1820 metres on August 25 and, despite the good claims of JT EXPRESS, EARLY EDITION and ONE CREATOR, she should make amends for trainer Welah Soutar.
Topline trainer Gary Subratie holds the key to the third race (claiming $550,000-$500,000) over the straight with the in-form pair of REAL VIBES MACHINE (Aaron Chatrie up) and SIR D with Walker aboard.
The speedy American colt REAL VIBES MACHINE has won two of his last three races and was beaten into third place by PRINCE THEO over 1200 metres in his subsequent race on August 1.
'REAL VIBES', who was claimed by Subratie out of that race, had earlier beaten SIR D by a length over the straight on August 3 and it should be even closer with SIR D now 1.0kb better off. REAL VIBES MACHINE will have to be caught, but SIR D should get there in the nick of time this time around.
SACHIN, who chased home the three-year-old NOOKLIN BRIDGE over 1100 metres behind a fast time on August 25, will love the additional furlong of the fourth race and should go one better at the expense of the 3-y-o filly MIRACLE RUN and MAYBE I SAY SO in a field of 12.
Interestingly, SACHIN, the mount of 3.0kg claiming apprentice Renardo McNaughton, won his last win over this trip on January 28 on a $350,000 claiming tag. Today, the 6-y-o son of Traditional runs for $250,000.
The next two races should be won by INSANE BOLT (working exceptionally well) and GOODGIRL ATTITUDE.
Their respective dangers are the unbeaten BLADE RUNNER (also working well) in the two-year-old race for the Terremoto Trophy and DON'TSTOPBELIEVING in the 1200-metre race for maidens five-year-olds and up.
FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES
(1) GO GO TRAIN/LEGENDARY PLEASURE
(2) ALYSSA'S CALL/EARLY EDITION(3) SIR D/REAL VIBES MACHINE(4) SACHIN(5) INSANE BOLT/BLADE RUNNER(6) GOODGIRL ATTITUDE/DON'TSTOPBELIEVING