Disqualification makes it right for All Correct
Orville Clarke, Sunday Gleaner Writer
The 72nd running of the Lotto Classic for the Governor's Cup over 2000 metres had a dramatic outcome at Caymanas Park yesterday.
AVENTURA, running at odds of 7-1 with Richard Mairs aboard, held off 2-1 second favourite and topweight ALL CORRECT by a neck to win the $3.3 million race, only to be disqualified after a lengthy stewards' inquiry and the race awarded to ALL CORRECT, ridden by Shane Ellis for champion trainer Wayne DaCosta.
In a fiercely run race, ALL CORRECT's lesser fancied stable-companion ANTIONETTE (40-1) was locked in a three-cornered tussle with lightly raced STAR FLYER (5-1) under champion jockey Dick Cardenas and 2-1 favourite PHILISTIA with Paul Francis aboard from the halfway stage, with RAGING PROSPECT (11-1), AVENTURA and ALL CORRECT not far off.
The three fillies swung into the straight with the trio of RAGING PROSPECT (Omar Walker up), ALL CORRECT and AVENTURA looming into contention. However, with ALL CORRECT experiencing traffic problems approaching the distance, it was left to AVENTURA on the outside to challenge STAR FLYER approaching the distance. But in taking over the lead a furlong out, AVENTURA caused interference to RAGING PROSPECT at this stage and although holding on grimly from ALL CORRECT on the rails, was subsequently disqualified and placed fourth (behind RAGING PROSPECT).
For the connections of AVENTURA - trainer Gresford Smith, owner Christopher Welllington and jockey Mairs, it was a bitter disappointment.
In contrast, trainer DaCosta, Ellis and owners' representative Raymond 'Mitta' Rousseau were happy with the turn of events.
"He got a rough passage from the final bend," said Ellis of ALL CORRECT.
"In the circumstances he failed by only a neck and would definitely have won given a clear run," added the 2000 champion jockey.
Ellis now has choice of rides between ALL CORRECT and the unbeaten colt TYPEWRITER for trainer Spencer Chung in the June 9 Jamaica Derby, but was non-committal as to who he would ride at this stage. But he added: "This is the second major Supreme Ventures-sponsored race I have won with ALL CORRECT ... Last Boxing Day it was the Jamaica 2-Y-O stakes which offered an even bigger purse than the Lotto Classic and this could be my lucky horse. He's got a big heart and there's no question about his staying ability," concluded the second-generation jockey.
A dark bay gelding by Storm Craft out of the Royal Minister mare Royal Pizzaz, ALL CORRECT who was second to UNCLE DONNY in the recent 2000 Guineas, is owned by Velvet Glove and bred by Mark and Susan Waters.
Earlier in the afternoon, Ellis teamed up with returning champion sprinter and Horse of the Year SAINT CECELIA to win the grade-one Lotto Sprint Trophy over 1100 metres, going wire to wire to humble the previously unbeaten American colt BLAST THEM AWAY by 4 1/2 lengths.
The classy 6-y-o mare from the stables of Spencer Chung equalled the stakes record time of 1:04.4 in the process.
In the absence of the bookmakers (again), the handle for yesterday's 11-race programme stood at an impressive $40.6 million.