KINGSTON, Jamaica - Trainer Gresford Smith enjoyed his bay day in quite a while saddling two winners, Nomoredeals and Takes Two To Tango.
Four-year-old chestnut colt Nomoredeals, who was running with the visor off and the blinkers on, came from behind runners to win a native-bred four-year-old and upwards (non-winners of two) and imported four-year-old and upwards (maidens) travelling 5½ furlongs (1,100m), while four-year-old bay filly Takes Two To Tango made all the running to win the Maiden Condition call for native-bred four-year-olds over 5 furlongs (1,000m) straight.
Ridden by Dane Dawkins, Nomoredeals (Soul Warrior – Thornhill Miss), who was coming off a three-month break, sat behind the early pace for most of the way as stablemate Airstream (Reyan Lewis) showed the way ahead of Pip (Youville Pinnock). Nomoredeals hugged the inside rails coming into the lane, finding racing room in deep stretch, and powered home to score by 2¾ lengths. She’s My Friend (Anthony Allen) finished second ahead of Airstream in third place as the final time was recorded at 1:08.3.
With Tevin Foster in the saddle, Takes Two To Tango (Nasheet – Category Five), who was running for the first time, broke off well and assumed pole position from early on, ahead of Last Dance (Javaniel Patterson), Babylon Will Fall (Jemar Jackson), and Wildfire (Anthony Thomas). Takes Two To Tango stayed with the field for the first part of the race before pulling away to win by two lengths ahead of Rhosa The Warrior (Oneil Mullings) and Babylon Will Fall. The final time for the race was 1:01.4.