Start with Smokey Topaz
Orville Clarke, Gleaner Writer
With both the Pick-9 and Super-6s offering carryovers, tomorrow's meet could take on added significance.
Thanks to a stunning upset by the 55-1 outsider LARUSA in the closing race last Saturday combined with KIMBERLY GOLD at 14-1 in the seventh, the Pick-9 and late Super-6 had no takers, while the early Super-6 was jerked by JESSE JAMES (6-1), SHEVA'S BOY (7-1) and KIMBERLY GOLD.
The Pick-9 carryover to tomorrow stands at $1,138460.80, the first Super-6 $984,399.00 and the late Super-6 - $1.2 million.
We look at the first Super-6 which gets under way in the second race on the nine-race programme, a three-year-old maiden special over the round five course in which the speedy SMOKEY TOPAZ (working well), with Pau 'Country' Francis riding for 14-time champion trainer Philip Feanny, has little to beat in a field of eight.
The 3-y-o colt by Liquidity out of Millennium Princess has figured prominently (good speed) in all four races to date and having impressed at exercise on Sunday morning, galloping five furlongs in a brisk 1:00.4, should lead home his only serious opponent, COMOUFLAGE.
Most to fear
The third, to be contested by eight four-year-olds and up over a mile, looks tailored for NATASHADONTPLAY (Robert Halledeen up), who has been knocking at the door in recent races. She has most to fear from UNCLE CHUBBY under champion jockey Dane Nelson.
LAPTOP, having won Division ii of the McKay Security Trophy over 1,820 metres by the resounding margin of 16 lengths on New Year's Day, ought to be followed when he reports for the fourth race over a mile. Although stepping up to claiming $250,000 for this race, LAPTOP (Jevanne Erwin up) should also have the beating of this level in present frame of mind and should lead home the down in class STEPPING RAZOR.
BOY WONDER, who bids for his fifth consecutive win with Walker aboard in the fifth race over 1,300 metres, represents the day's five-star banker in the fifth race over 1,300 metres to be contested by six starters. Then take CHIEF PROSPECT (working very well) with Nelson aboard to win the sixth over a mile for maidens, before closing out the first Super-6 with SHADE OF BEAUTY (regaining form) with Walker astride in the seventh race over 1200 metres, in which stretch-running THE REAL DRAFT (Erwin up) bids for his third career win over the distance in recent months.
FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES
(1) SMOKEY TOPAZ
(2) NATASHADONTPLAY/UNCLE CHUBBY
(3) LAPTOP/STEPPING RAZOR
(4) BOY WONDER
(5) CHIEF PROSPECT/SPORTING CLAY
(6) SHADE OF BEAUTY/THE REAL DRAFT