Orville Clarke, Gleaner Writer
With horses such as the 60-1 outsider MINNIFFIA, SUNSHINE CITY (19-1), and MILITARY MOVE (13-1) scoring notable upsets at the Sunday meet, the Pick-9 had no takers and resumes tomorrow with $1 million in the kitty.
The Pick-9 will be conducted from race three to 11, the first Super-6 from race one to six, the late Super-6 from race six to 11.
We look at the first Super-6, which commences with a $500,000-$400,000 straight five race over the straight five course to be contested by eight starters, including recent winners DIOR and SAFE PASSAGE, along with REAL VIBES MACHINE and the imported filly, JADA'SFABULOUSTOUR.
All are ideally suited to the straight, none more so than SAFE PASSAGE (Dane Nelson up), who is a specialist over the course. Although venturing up in class tomorrow, he cannot be underestimated in his bid for a hat-trick of course wins.
SAFE PASSAGE lacks the speed of both DIOR and REAL VIBES MACHINE, and while he will be closing fast in the final 100 metres, the speed should hold up in the end. DIOR (Jevanne Erwin up) also bids for a hat-trick of wins and I expect him to have a battle royal with REAL VIBES MACHINE (Dick Cardenas up) on the outside. DIOR is given the edge.
The highly thought of two-year-old filly, BUBBLING ANGELINE, under former champion jockey Percy Williams, looked pretty smart when scoring over 1200 metres on her November 9 debut. And although proving no match for unbeaten stable-companion PRINCESS POPSTAR in the recent Pick 3 Super Challenge Trophy over 1400 metres on November 30, should resume winning ways at the expense of GOLDEN BULLET over 1300 metres in a field of eight.
The fleet-footed chestnut filly from the stables of 14-time champion trainer Philip Feanny actually disputed the lead, with PRINCESS POPSTAR passing the half mile, eventually finishing third. Having worked well since, she gets the nod over GOLDEN BULLET, who was second to INSANE BOLT over this trip on November 9 but behind BUBBLING ANGELINE on November 30.
Old rivals FLYING MIRACLE (knocking at the door) and BATIDOR DE MUNDO should fight out the finish of the third race over 1600 metres after finishing second and fifth, respectively, to REIGN OVER ALL at 1400 metres on November 30.
Although having finished second in his last four races, FLYING MIRACLE (Shane Ellis up) should be wary of BATIDOR DE MUNDO (Richard Mitchell) who has 21/2 lengths to make up on him. FLYING MIRACLE is preferred, but both horses should be carried on exotic bets.
BROTHER TO BROTHER and the speedy SUPER DAVE should fight out the finish of the fourth race over 800 metres confined to exercise riders. Also worthy of note is POCKET ACE, to be ridden by female exercise rider Natalie Berger.
Having won a similar race over this trip back in June, the Lorne Kirlew-trained BROTHER TO BROTHER, who is well drawn on the stands' side, gets the nod.
Then, take the down-in-class TANTALOO (Nelson up) to romp the fifth race over 1300 metres for $250,000-$210,000 claimers, before closing with SEARCHING FOR GOLD over GALACTUS and BUSY in the sixth, division two of the CTL Exercise Riders' Race.
FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES
(1) DIOR/REAL VIBES MACHINE
(2) BUBBLING ANGELINE
(3) FLYING MIRACLE/BATIDOR DE MUNDO
(4) BROTHER TO BROTHER/SUPER DAVE
(6) SEARCHING FOR GOLD/GALACTUS