Gordon stars with three-timer
Orville Clarke, Gleaner Writer
Top apprentice Doushane Gordon highlighted yesterday's holiday programme at Caymanas Park with three winners, including 5-1 chance VONALMIGHTY in the Ash Wednesday Trophy feature over 1300 metres.
Gordon, 19, also won aboard the 14-1 chance CAT FOR THE KING who floored the odds on howling favourite, the previously unbeaten SPORTS STAR in the opening race for three-year-olds over 1300 metres, and the second aboard 4-5 favourite KAMECHI, again over 1300 metres.
Gordon, who will receive the 2009 champion apprentice award at the None Such/Horse of the Year dinner at the Terra Nova Hotel on February 25, pushed his season's tally to nine.
This puts him fourth in the standings, six adrift of champion and leading jockey Omar Walker, who rode one winner on the card in 9-5 chance BROTHERLY LOVE in the third race.
The Richard Azan-trained VON-ALMIGHTY romped home by 3 1/4 lengths in muddy conditions, this after THE CHIEF (5-2) and LAWS OF THE CAT (48-1) had disputed the lead in the backstretch.
VONALMIGHTY, who was unable to go the early pace, turned for home several lengths off the pace in fourth and stormed through along the rails approaching the distance for an emphatic victory.
Second went to the 3-5 favourite SKITTLE QUEEN (Walker up), who found herself outpaced in the underfoot conditions, but closed with a flourish for second, relegating THE CHIEF to third in a field of eight.
A 4-y-o bay gelding by Western Classic out of Lunar Explosion, VONALMIGHTY is co-owned by Azan and Von White and was bred by HAM Stables Limited.
Despite a notable upset by the Tony Kirlew-trained American colt CAT FOR A KING, the card produced four winning favourites in KAMECHI, BURST OF ENERGY, SHE'S ROYAL and LATIN KING.