Exotic Gold lands feature
Orville Clarke, Gleaner Writer
The 2012 Oaks winner, EXOTIC GOLD, ran on strongly a furlong out to win the 3-y-o and open allowance race over 1700 metres in fine style at Caymanas Park yesterday.
Installed a 6-5 favourite with Dick Cardenas riding for champion trainer Wayne DaCosta, the consistent five-year-old grey mare by He'stherealthing out of Formally Gold won by 2 3/4 lengths in a competitive field of seven, which included six winners in recent months.
The 19-1 outsider, EASTWOOD, who shot into the lead 600 metres out, just held on for a second ahead of the late-closing MIRACLE STAR (6-1), who failed to go the early pace and was tailed off passing the half-mile.
EXOTIC GOLD was held off the early pace in fifth as UNCLE TAF (7-2) and CLASSY PROSPECT (6-1) vied for the lead passing he half-mile. She made rapid headway to go in chase of the leaders leaving the half-mile, turned for home within striking distance of EASTWOOD and disposed of him early in the last furlong to record her second consecutive win and her eighth from 34 career starts with total stares of just over $7 million. She is owned by Alexander Haber, a former champion owner, and bred by the Orange Valley Estates Limited.
Cardenas said EXOTIC GOLD had worked well since winning over a mile on June 21, and although stepping up in class for this race, was confidently expecting her to win again with only 50.0kg.
"She's a good, versatile horse who seldom runs a bad race and today I just tracked them into the straight and she made it look easy once again," said the Panamanian, who is DaCosta's stable jockey.
Cardenas and DaCosta teamed up for a second winner on the eight-race programme with 6-5 favourite STREET DANCER, who made all from the number-one post position to win the fourth race over 1100 metres by 13/4 lengths from the fast-finishing BARS OF GOLD (6-5).
EXOTIC GOLD and STRRET DANCER were the only winning favourites on a day when GREAT BROWN at 29-1 in the sixth and NOTUS at 20-1 in the nighpan provided the big upsets.