Easy for Technomoto
Orville Clarke, Sunday Gleaner Writer
The Anthony Nunes-trained TECHNOMOTO notched his first win since his Derby success at Caymanas Park a year ago, going wire to wire for a runaway victory in the Valbert Marlowe Memorial Cup (restricted allowance) over 1800 metres.
As he did in the Derby just over 12 months ago, TECHNOMOTO, with champion jockey Dick Cardenas again in the saddle, made all the running in a field of seven.
He won the Derby by 10 lengths at long odds. Yesterday, he won by 12 lengths as the howling 1-4 favourite.
Running the way he likes, TECHNOMOTO led on the bridle from the little-fancied GOLD RUNNING for the first 800 metres. He opened up leaving the half mile to turn for home six lengths clear of the 2-1 second favourite COLD GROUND, cruising home ahead of him in the fairly good time of 1:52.0.
Owned by Elias Haloute and Stephan Narinesingh, TECHNOMOTO was winning on his eighth attempt since the Derby. The 4-y-o bay colt by Western Classic out of the Law Of The Sea mare Sea Treaty, has now won four races from 15 starts and stakes of $6.7 million. He was bred by Ruth Hussey.
Cardenas, meanwhile, was one of the 2011 champions publicly honoured by Caymanas Track Limited as the nine-race programme marked the return of 'Salute to Racing' after a 22-year absence.
Yesterday saw the recipients of awards and/or their representatives being presented with their trophies in the winners' enclosure.
Among them were returning champions - trainer Wayne DaCosta, owners Elite Bloodstock Limited, breeders HAM Stables, and top sire, Royal Minister. Also honoured were Everton Russell (champion groom), SAINT CECELIA (Horse of the Year, champion sprinter), MARK MY WORD (first runner-up, champion stayer), COMMANDING CHIEF (champion 3-y-o), BLAST THEM AWAY (champion 2-y-o), as well as Patrick 'Wacky' Lynch (most improved trainer), and Richard Mairs (champion apprentice).
On a day when the apprentice Robert Halledeen rode two winners in SOCA PARTY (5-1) and ROSE GOLD, and trainers Nunes (TECHNOMOTO, SirMandi) and Howard Jaghai also posted two (ROSE GOLD, STERLING GOLD) each, SIRMANDI, who missed the Derby, entered the St Leger picture with a thrilling victory over highly fancied RAGING PROSPECT in the eighth race over 1820 metres.