Sassy Slew a safe banker
Orville Clarke, Gleaner Writer
Another 11-race programme is on at Caymanas Park tomorrow, this offering a Pick-9 carryover of $1.6 million.
The Pick-9 will be conducted from race three to 11, the first Super-6 from race two to seven, the late Super-6 from race six to 11.
Thanks to notable upsets by TWO STEPS UP (46-1), who was awarded the sixth race on the disqualification of another outsider STEVE'S REAL (21-1) and GREEN BERET at 26-1 in the fourth, the Pick-9 was never going to be caught. Both Super-6s were caught by a handful of punters, the second paying a cool $434,265.00 to each of the four winners.
We look at the first Super-6 which gets underway with a competitive looking race over 1200 metres for $550,000- $500,000 claimers. Most of the seven runners have won races in recent months, notably NEW KINGSTON, MERU and RAJA SARANGI in the past three weeks.
I believe victory will go to one of the abovementioned horses. The front-running MERU has won two of his last four races, the more recent over 1300 metres on January 24 with in-form Jevanne Erwin aboard.
Erwin again has the ride aboard the Patrick Lynch-trained MERU who, though stepping up in class, has nothing to fear from rivals and will only go down fighting.
NEW KINGSTON, however, gets my vote, having beaten better in the not-too-distant past. He outfinished the speedy WOMAN IS BOSS by 1-3/4 lengths over the straight in a fast 58.4 at the January 25 Sunday meet when running for new connections and although getting on in years, is still good enough at nine-year-old to beat MERU, WOMAN IS BOSS and Shane Ellis' mount RAJA SARANGI.
ISRAELITE, who has made the frame in his last three races including a near miss to STRIKING DISTANCE over a mile on January 3, has less to do in the third race over 1400 metres and should win from MISS JUANITA, DAGGA DAGGA LINKS and BOLD AVIATOR in a field of eight. Former champion jockey Omar Walker will ride the stretch-running ISRAELITE for trainer Richard Azan.
Race number four over 1100 metres for maiden three-year-old fillies offers a 'banker' in the Philip Feanny-trained SASSY SLEW, who was beaten in a driving finish by MAMA NEITA on her recent debut in the Eight Thirty Sprint over the straight. She now has the services of leading all-time jockey Winston 'Fanna' Griffiths (replacing Ian Spence) and having shown good speed, should lead home MONALISASMILE and JODY'S LODGE.
EXCLUSIVE PRINCE, who is getting fitter with every race, gets the nod over down in class FRANKENSTORM and DR. BLAIR in the fifth race over 1100 metres for the Millard Ziadie Cup (claiming $350,000-$300,000), while the sixth over a mile for maiden four-year-olds and up, should come down to a straight fight between the stable-companions PECKARONI (Walker up) and VIVA ZAPATA (Dane Nelson), both trained by Albert Chong in the 11-strong field.
Then, close out the first Super-6 with the recent disqualified winner MOM'S STUDENT (Nelson up) from the Fitzroy Glispie stables ahead of CHINITAGOODAZ (Erwin up) over 1100 metres in a field of 11.
FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES
(2) NEW KINGSTON/MERU
(3) ISRAELITE/MISS JUANITA
(4) SASSY SLEW
(5) EXCLUSIVE PRINCE/ FRANKENSTORM
(6) PECKARONI/VIVA ZAPATA
(7) MOM'S STUDENT/ CHINITAGOODAZ