Typewriter shows his class
Orville Clarke, Gleaner Writer
The 2013 Superstakes winner, TYPEWRITER, continued his build-up for this year's renewal of the $5 million race in November with a convincing 2 1/2 lengths victory in the open allowance feature for the Owen Silvera Memorial Cup over a mile at Caymaas Park yesterday.
Installed a 4-5 favourite with Shane Ellis riding for trainer Spencer Chung, the classy 5-y-o gelding by Western Classic out of Docs' Paladin disposed of long-time leader UNCLE TAF (5-1), under champion jockey Dane Nelson, a furlong out for his second consecutive victory in four weeks, following his Nigel B. Nunes Memorial Cup success over 1820 metres on August 31 when ridden by Nelson in the absence of customary rider Ellis.
He was waited with just off the early pace in third as the highly fancied EXOTIC GOLD (6-5), under leading jockey Dick Cardenas and UNCLE TAF, duelled for the lead.
UNCLE TAF surged ahead approaching the home turn, but by then TYPEWRITER had loomed large on the outside into second and asserted his authority in mid-stretch to record his 12th win from 21 career starts and $14.5 million in stakes. MILITARY MOVE (13-1) stayed on well for third in the closing stages, just failing to catch UNCLE TAF.
Cardenas rode two winners on the nine-race programme to widen his lead over Dane Nelson, who for the second consecutive raceday failed to ride a winner.
win for cardenas
Cardenas won the second race aboard 2-5 favourite DINNER BY SEVEN for cham-pion trainer Wayne DaCosta, the promising two-year-old filly going wire to wire over the straight to win by 4 1/2 lengths, then came back to win the very next race aboard 4-5 favourite GOLDEN BULLET for trainer Anthony Nunes.
Elswehere on the programme, STEP IT UP, easily them most-improved horse in training, duly made it five in a row with a narrow victory over the fast-finishing OFFICIAL REPORT (13-1) in the opening race for high claimers over the round five course.
Ridden as usual by Robert Halledeen for owner Orville Johnson and trainer Stedman Curtis, the five-year-old gelding by Dayton Flyer out of Constant Girl disputed the lead with 4-5 favourite SUNLIGHT EXPRESS, before going through entering the straight to win as the even-money second choice.