Orville Clarke, Gleaner Writer
The curtain comes down on the 2013 racing season at Caymanas Park today with the two year olds taking the spotlight in two separate races on the card.
In the principal feature for the Sweet Ruckus Trophy over 1400 metres, FORCE DE JOUR puts his unbeaten record on the line for the major share of the $1 million purse.
Secondary feature for the Stewards' Cup for maiden two year olds over the round five course has attracted six starters, including the hot ante-post favourite TALENTED TONY K under title-chasing jockey Omar Walker.The American-bred colt FORCE DE JOUR should start an even bigger favourite in a field of seven native and imported two year olds down to contest the Sweet Ruckus Trophy.
Having won his three races by the combined margin of 21 lengths, it will take a brave punter to oppose the son of Sharp Humor - Song Bird Too.
He truly impressed in the Dye Job Sprint over 1200 metres when last raced on December 7, making all the running to win by 81/2 lengths from JANIBOUTICE in the good time of 1:13.0 with customary rider Shane Ellis aboard.
Impressive at exercise
FORCE DE JOUR continues to move impressively at exercise and although asked to give away weight all around looks a bit classier than his six native-bred opponents and should win from the promising BUBBLING ANGELINE, who won well over 1300 metres on December 14.
The Lorne Kirlew-trained TALENTED TONY K was all the rage on his debut in the Hi-Pro Trophy race over 1300 metres on October 21 (Heroes Day). But after showing good speed into the straight, he weakened into third place behind the disqualified winner ALSO CORRECT.
Since then he has been taken to task at exercise and with the blinkers now fitted, the bay colt by Traditional out of Ocean Liner will not be easily denied with his opponents failing to impress in previous races.
With both the jockeys and owners championship decided on Boxing Day, with Dane Nelson and Carlton Watson having won the respective titles, punters can look to Nelson for an encore aboard DOUBLE THE HONEY for Watson in the second race, NOBODY BUT ME in eighth and MAN ALIVE in the third.
Walker should respond with TALENTED TONY K in the first race for two year olds, SILENT STORM in the fourth, CLEARLY OURS in the seventh and LITTLE MAMA MIA in the ninth.