Orville Clarke, Gleaner Writer
The 4-5 favourite INSANE BOLT turned in an impressive performance at Caymanas Park yesterday to win the annual renewal of the Terremoto Trophy over 1000 metres for native bred two-year-olds.
Ridden by Dick Cardenas for champion trainer Wayne DaCosta, the bay colt by Shuffling Maddness out of Golden Olympio, won by 2 3/4 lengths, turning the tables on BLADE RUNNER (9-5) who had beaten him on their debut over 600 metres straight on July 15.
INSANE BOLT left the number-one post position like a bullet, but gave way to BLADE RUNNER under Richard 'Biah' Mitchell in less than a dozen strides. However, he bided his time in second and regained the lead from BLADE RUNNER approaching the distance for a facile win. MOM RILES (9-1) was second.
INSANE BOLT is owned jointly by DaCosta and Byron Parchment. This was his second consecutive win from three starts.
DaCosta said he was concerned about the number one draw, but INSANE BOLT left the gates really fast and that was the key.
"He was able to relax after giving way to BLADE RUNNER, but came through easily for the victory. He had worked well in preparation for the race and despite the presence of BLADE RUNNER, who had beaten him before, showed improvement to turn the tables," said the 12-time champion trainer.
On a day when DaCosta and Gary Subratie saddled two winners each with Cardenas and champion Dane Nelson riding two each as well, the day's major upset came via the 99-1 outsider GOLD RUNNER in the fourth race over 1400 metres for $250,000 - $210,000 claimers.
Ridden by Jevanne Erwin for trainer Joseph Thomas, the 5-y-o gelding stormed through early in the last furlong for an easy win, ensuring a $1.2 million carryover in the first Super-6.
Subratie, fresh from his T&T Oaks win with PERFECT DAY on the previous Saturday, saddled SIR D (7-5) in the third race and LADY SHARVANI (Percy Willliams up) at 3-1 in the ninth. Both won in driving finishes over the straight.
The trainer just missed a triple when the rail-running NOON IT IS (6-1) was caught on the wire by the very fast-finishing PALACE GOLD (9-2) under Robert Halledeen in the open allowance sprint.