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Antoinette can tag them in race eight

Published:Friday | June 8, 2012 | 12:00 AM

Orville Clarke, Gleaner Writer

The 92nd running of the Jamaica Derby for native-bred three-year-olds will highlight tomorrow's 11-race programme at Caymanas Park which kicks off at noon.

The Derby, to be contested by a maximum field of 16 over 2400 metres, will be run as the 11th and final race at 6 p.m.

Top contenders are the 2000 Guineas winner UNCLE DONNY to be ridden by champion jockey Dick Cardenas for trainer Anthony 'Baba' Nunes; Lotto Classic (Governor's Cup) winner ALL CORRECT with four-time champion Omar Walker riding for champion trainer Wayne DaCosta; as well as Oaks winner EXOTIC GOLD with leading jockey Dane Nelson riding for DaCosta; disqualified Lotto Classic winner AVENTURA with leading all-time classic-winning jockey Winston Griffiths riding for trainer Gresford Smith and, not least, the unbeaten colt TYPEWRITER with former champion Shane Ellis riding for trainer Spencer Chung.

The Pick-9 will embrace races three to 11, the first Super-6 from race one to six, the overlapping Super-6 from race five to 11.

We look at the second Super-6 which gets under way with an 1820-metre race for four-year-olds and up to be contested by eight starters, including the consistent JAGSOVER (Cardenas up), who has been begging for a distance such as this.

Now asked to give 3.0kg to another consistent runner, ANNTRACK, JAGSOVER should yield. Also expected to run well in the eight-horse field is the Carl Anderson-trained SUPREME CAT (Ellis up), who caught the eye when finishing 11/4 second to ORDEROFDISTINCTION over 1400 metres on May 26 when having both JAGSOVER (3rd) and then favourite ANNTRACK (5th) behind.

ANNTRACK, conditioned by the mother-and-son team of Margaret and Wayne Parchment, enjoys a 5.0kg swing in the weights with SUPREME CAT, and should turn the tables.

Anderson should come into his own and saddle the winner of the sixth race, STORMY CAT, over 1400 metres for maiden three-year-olds.

The three-year-old filly, who is also owned and bred by the trainer, caught the eye when failing by half a length to catch MAKIN BOP over 1200 metres on May 19 and now eased in the weights, and given the additional furlong, should make no mistake.

Former champion trainer Philip Feanny holds the key to the seventh race 1300 metres with his American-bred horses EL PODEROSO (Omar Walker up) and KIPLING WEEKEND (Paul Francis), both of whom lost out in tight photo finishes recently.

better drawn

Both have been working well together and although the filly KIPLING WEEKEND has been administered Lasix for the first time, preference is for the colt EL PODEROSO, who was beaten a head by AWESOME CAMILLE over the round five course recently in fast-time.

ANTOINETTE (Nelson up), who led the 1000 Guineas, Oaks and Lotto Classic fields for a long way, should have little difficulty in beating non-winners of two over 1200 metres in the eighth race where SUNSHINE BOY (Cardenas up) looks her principal danger in a field of 12.

Then, take the recent winner CLASSICAL PLEASURE (Cardenas up) to stave off down-in-class SANKOFA and another recent winner THE RUNNING MAN in the ninth for $180,000 claimers, speedy TRADITIONAL PRINCE to outsprint rivals in the 10th over 1100 metres for overnight allowance horses, and UNCLE DONNY to beat ALL CORRECT (working best of all) and TYPEWRITER in the Derby.