Hombre collars Technomoto
Orville Clarke, Sunday Gleaner Writer
The 2009 Superstakes winner, HOMBRE, upstaged last year's Derby winner, TECHNOMOTO, to win the annual renewal of the Calvin O'Sullivan Memorial Cup overnight allowance feature over 1820 metres at Caymanas Park yesterday.
Installed a 2-1 third favourite with leading all-time jockey Winston Griffiths riding for veteran trainer Noel Ennevor and owner/breeder Wessel Burnett, the seven-year-old bay gelding won by two lengths from 3-5 favourite, TECHNOMOTO, under leading jockey Dick Cardenas in a field of seven.
As was expected, the front-running TECHNOMOTO from the Anthony Nunes stables was early in the lead on the rails, but was soon harassed by another noted front-runner, TRIAL LAWYER, at 21-1.
But no sooner had TECHNOMOTO disposed of TRIAL LAWYER leaving the 1200-metre marker, HOMBRE was ridden to go in chase at the halfway stage, going by approaching the half-mile and keeping on strongly on the wet surface to win by two lengths from TECHNOMOTO.
Ennevor was all smiles as he posed with HOMBRE inside the winners' enclosure.
"He's getting old, but still has a spark in him," said Ennevor of HOMBRE, who topped the $10 million mark in lifetime earnings with this his 13th career win from 37 starts.
"His recent blowout over seven furlongs when fifth to ROLEX did him a lot of good and I knew that things would be different with the trip extended. As you know, HOMBRE really enjoys two-turn races and although not as good as when he won the Superstakes, he still has more races to win if I can find the right company and the right distance for him," added the trainer.
HOMBRE is bred by Pat N Jac out of the Slick Trick mare Muchacha Favorita.
Meanwhile, as he did on the previous Saturday, title-chasing jockey Shane Ellis rode three winners to push his season's tally to 22, for fourth spot in the championship race.
His winners were the 3-5 favourite SMOKIN MAN and EMERGENCE (5-2) and THE PRIMEMERLINIAN at 5-1 in the fourth.
Dane Nelson, who rode only one winner in 3-2 chance DI COBRE in the closing race, continues to enjoy a clear lead in the championship with 39 wins - 10 clear of Cardenas, who was winless on the card; and 11 clear of Omar Walker, who sat out the day.
Norman Smith, who graduated from the Jamaica Racing Commission training course last year, saddled his first winner in 6-1 chance FIRST EDITION in the seventh over the straight.