Orville Clarke, Gleaner Writer
Both the Super-6 and Pick-9 were caught at Caymanas Park on Monday (Heroes' Day) and all start anew on tomorrow's 11-race programme.
The Pick-9, with its guaranteed minimum of $1 million, will embrace races three to 11, the first Super-6 from race one to six, the overlapping Super-6 from race six to 11. Both Super-6s offer guaranteed minimums of $750,000.
We look at the first Super-6, which gets under way with a two-year-old maiden race over 1200 metres to be contested by six native-bred juveniles.
From all indications, this race should come down to a straight fight between FRANGIPANI and MISS JUANITA, to be ridden by champion jockey Dane Nelson and the 2011 champion Dick Cardenas, respectively.
Both finished second last time out, but the Wayne DaCosta-trained MISS JUANITA really caught the eye on her recent debut when a fast-finishing second to ZEEVA over the round five course. Now better for the experience, she should outfinish Richard Azan's FRANGIPANI, given the additional furlong.
The second race, again over 1200 metres, has a more open look about it, as several of the 10 horses declared (four-year-olds and up) have good claims. They include PRINCE KAYTON, TROPICALDEPRESSION, SOON COME, WHISTLING JET and HOGANS HERO.
Preference is for Dane Nelson's mount SOON COME, who has finished second in his last two races. He beat all barring PREMIUM RETURNS over the straight on October 12 and prior to that failed by a short head to catch SKIPAWAY PRINCE again over the straight.
Race number three for the Royal Dad Trophy (restricted stakes) over 1820 metres should resolve itself into a straight fight between ROYAL VIBES with Cardenas aboard and DOC HOLIDAY, to be ridden by Nelson.
Both are more adept than the others over this trip, but the DaCosta-trained ROYAL VIBES, who was third in the derby back in June, catches my fancy after his runaway victory over PRINCESS SHANEIL over this trip on July 24. The free-running three-year-old colt has moved impressively at exercise in preparation for this race and with only 51.0kg, should stave off the late-running DOC HOLIDAY.
CAN DO ANYTHING, who was not beaten far by SHE'S A WIZ over 1100 metres on September 25 and has worked fairly well since, looks best of a moderate lot in the fourth race over 1200 metres for maiden three-year-olds. His main rivals in the 13-strong field are KAY-SUE and Nelson's mount ANARKALI.
The last two races in the first Super-6 should be won by American-bred WHERE DEM BOYS (Omar Walker up) and TYPE TWO with Ellis riding for trainer Spencer Chung. Their respective dangers are WESTERN ROSE in the fifth over 1300 metres and Nelson's mount CARPE DIEM (Lasix administered) in the sixth.
FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES
(1) MISS JUANITA
(2) SOON COME/PRINCE KAYTON
(3) ROYAL VIBES/DOC HOLIDAY
(4) CAN DO ANYTHING/KAY-SUE
(5) WHERE DEM BOYS/ WESTERN ROSE
(6) TYPE TWO/CARPE/DIEM