KINGSTON, Jamaica – Dropping down from Overnight Allowance to $550,000 - $500,000 claiming, Crucial Appeal was seen as a lock in most if not all of the exotic bets.
Yet, the nine-year-old could not handle the youthful spurt of Axle Rod ridden by apprentice Kiaman McGregor and trained by Everal Francis.
Axle Rod always prominent in the five-straight event, drew away from rivals to win by 3 ½ lengths as a 7-2 betting option.
Crucial Appeal as the 1-5 favourite was second with Smokey Top (14-1) third.
|RACE 3 $550-500,000 CLAIMING (3YOS&UPWARDS) 1000METRES/5FURLONGS STRAIGHT 2:00 PM|
|1||8||Axle Rod||Kiaman McGregor||7-2||$231||$66|
|2||1||Crucial Appeal||Anthony Thomas||1-5||$61|
|3||7||Smokey Topaz||Bebeto Harvey||14-1||$83|
|5||2||Sweet Destiny||Daniel Satchell||22-1|
|TRAINER: Everal Francis|
|Splits: 22.4 x 46.0 - Time: 1:00.0 - Margins: 3-1/2 x 3/4 - 9 RAN|