KINGSTON, Jamaica - THREE-YEAR-OLD bay filly Nefertari benefited from an equipment change as she rolled past rivals to win the $1.02-million Pick-3 "Supreme" Trophy over 6½ furlongs (1,300m) on Saturday, November 26, 2022.
Nefertari, running with blinkers on, easily won the native-bred three-year-old (non-winners of two) call for fillies and mares by 5 lengths.
Bred by Savoy Stomp out of Princess Geeta, Nefertari won in a time of 1:22.0 backed by splits of 23.1 x 46.4 x 1:14.2.
Trainer Anthony Nunes was a happy camper.
"It was a very good performance from Nefertari to win here. She has talent, but she has been such a let-down because of being hesitant to leave the starting gate. Tevin [Foster] suggested putting on full-cup blinkers on her and we did, and Nefertari broke with the field.
"I think that the equipment change played a part, and let’s hope it will continue as it was the first time she has ever broken with the horses," Nunes said. .
Ridden by Foster, Neferatri was fairly well away at the off, settling in sixth place down the backstretch behind Bestdaughterinlaw (Dick Cardenas), She’s Fantastic (Reyan Lewis), Love Dub (Dane Dawkins), She’s My Friend (Robert Halledeen), and Cotterwood Kathy (Oneil Mullings).
Nefertari made a move toward the leaders approaching the distance when she slipped down into fourth place behind She’s Fantastic, who took the lead going into the half-mile (800m) turn.
Nefertari then exploded in deep stretch and powered her way home ahead of She’s Fantastic and Hidden Valley, the mount of Youville Pinnock.