Fortuneonehundred takes spotlight
Orville Clarke, Gleaner Writer
The speedy American 4-y-o gelding FORTUNEONEHUNDRED upstaged the highly fancied local horses WILLIE GOLDSMITH and TALENTEED TONY K to win the open allowance race over 1200 metres in decisive fashion at Caymanas Park yesterday.
The betting made last year's 2000 Guineas winner WILLIE GOLDSMITH an even-money favourite and this year's 2000 Guineas winner TALENTED TONY K a close second favourite at 6-5 with FORTUNEONEHUNDRED at 7-2 under leading jockey Dick Cardenas.
However, the two principals were outsprinted by the Wayne DaCosta-trained FORTUNEONEHUNDRED, who assumed an early lead on the outside to be two lengths clear of stable-companion RIO COBRE (20-1) and WILLIE GOLDSMITH on the inside passing the half mile.
With TALENTED TONY K having missed the break and WILLIE GOLDSMITH suffering inference leaving the half mile and dropping back through the field, FORTUNEONEHUNDRED seized the opportunity to win unchallenged by 11/2 lengths, ahead of the fast-finishing THE GUV (15-1) who got up on the line to pip RIO COBRE for second.
WILLIE GOLDSMITH had to settle for fourth (rails) while TALENTED TONY K, who tried desperately to recover when coming four wide into the straight, failed to hit the board and was eased by Omar Walker closing stages.
Cardenas had a second winner on the card in 1-5 favourite INSANE BOLT for trainer Lawrence Freemantle in the second race over 1000 metres for $180,000 claimers. He thus pushed his season's tally to 82 - two ahead of champion jockey Dane Nelson, who rode one winner, 3-2 favourite STAR NEW VISTA for trainer Robert Pearson in the fifth race over 1800 metres.
BECKHAM (8-1), ridden by Aaron Chartie for his new trainer, Randolph Scott, produced a long run on the rails to win the highly competitive sixth race over 15000 metres in a blanket finish involving SPARKLING MICHAELA (14-1) and LUCKY MICHELLE (2-1).