KINGSTON, Jamaica – A strong final rattle from well off the pace by Blood Song ridden by claiming apprentice Romario Spencer was enough to bring victory in the third race – an Optional Claiming event ($450,000 - $400,000) for owners Super Kids and trainer Patrick Fong as the 2019 Gold Cup race day continued at Caymanas Park.
Sotomayor the 6-5 favourite with Aaron Chatrie in the saddle went to the front immediately after the starter let them go in the one-mile contest.Sotomayor led easily until rounding the bend leaving the half-mile point when Luana (Anthony Thomas) surged ahead.
In the straight it was Luana in front but the four-year-old filly started to shut off and was eventually nabbed by Blood Song. Third went to Mirabilis (Reyan Lewis) with Sotomayor, the 2016 champion two-year-old, fourth. Sotomayor was claimed from the race for $400,000.
It was the second winner for Spencer this season and fourth for trainer Fong.
|RACE 3 OPT CLM $450-$400,000 (3YO&UP) (NB5YO/NW3) 1,600M/8FUR 1:00 PM|
|1||7||Blood Song||Romario Spencer||6-1||$370||$98|
|5||2||Ballon d'Or||Christopher Mamdeen||7-1|
|TRAINER: Patrick Fong|
|Splits:24.3 x 48.2 x 1:14.2 - Time: 1:43.2 - Margins: 1 1/4 x 3 - 9 RAN|