Orville Clarke, Sunday Gleaner Writer
SAINT MARY, running as the 6-5 second favourite in a field of six, cruised home by 3-1/2 lengths in the annual renewal of the Alty McKenzie Memorial Cup (claiming $350,000-$300,000) at Caymanas Park yesterday to give leading jockey Omar Walker the first of three winners on the card.
Prominent from the start as the even-money favourite D'NUGGET under champion jockey Dane Nelson led narrowly from SUNDOWN, SAINT MARY was ridden to join D'NUGGET approaching the 600-metre pole and soon surged ahead.
After turning for home two lengths clear, it was smooth sailing for the American-bred five-year-old mare, as she quickened nicely to win easily from DELICIOSA (2-1) with D'NUGGET fading into third, another five lengths away. JARREAU (bolted) and the rank outsider WORLD'S WONDER were declared late non-starters.
By Pies Prospect out of Truckstar, SAINT MARY who was notching her third win from 15 starts this season is owned and trained by Harry Parsard.
Meanwhile, Walker enjoyed his best day in the saddle for some time with a triple, thanks to wins aboard SAINT MARY, as well as 3-5 favourite SHADE OF BEAUTY in the fifth race for maiden three-year-olds over the straight and 3-5 favourite LADY SHARVANI (made all) for trainer Gary Subratie in the tenth race over the straight for three-year-olds, leading home her recent conqueror BORDER LINE with Nelson aboard.
As a result, Walker has pushed his season's tally to 90 - five ahead of Nelson who rode only one winner in 2-5 favourite MOREBULLETSTOFIRE for trainer Nicholas Edwards in division two of the three-year-old maiden race. The highly thought of chestnut filly, who decked jockey Shane Ellis on her recent debut, won by all of eight lengths from DECAPOLIS in the fairly good time of 59.2.
On a day when trainer Patrick Lynch saddled two winners in CONCRETE JUNGLE and SHADE OF BEAUTY, the Randolph Scott-trained READBETWEENTHELINES provided the day's lone upset, running on strongly along the rails to win the third race for maiden four-year-olds and up at odds of 27-1. She was ridden by Richard Mitchell.