KINGSTON, Jamaica – THE QUICK GALLOPER race-by-race analysis of the ten races contested on Saturday, September 10, 2022, is provided below.
RACE ONE – After a long absence from the winners’ enclosure long-standing rider Oneil Mullings was an easy winner on Storming for trainer Ryan Darby in this $250,000 - $200,000 claimer.
RACE TWO – The second race this year for the ‘babies’ (two-year-olds) turned out to be a romp for second-time starter Thalita with Anthony Thomas in the saddle for trainer Jason DaCosta and owner Carlton Watson. Thalita, a chestnut filly by Soul Warrior out of Luminous Trieste finished in an encouraging final time of 1:00.2 for five furlongs round. There is some worry regarding the two-year-olds as one such event has already been abandoned because of a lack of entries, while in this race there were only six horses nominated with one declared a late non-starter.
RACE THREE – The bubbling combination these days is that of jockey Shane Ellis and trainer Carl Anderson. The combo earned another success with three-year-old Secret Emperor, who shed the maiden tag after 11 starts. Ever noticed that nearly all the Anderson horses come with the name ‘Cat’ or ‘Emperor’. Indeed, Anderson himself is known as the ‘Cat Man’. He has certainly developed his brand.
RACE FOUR – Buzz Assault made one move in this 6 ½ furlong contest and although faltering in the last half-a-furlong, the gelding was able to hold form for career win number three. Good to see the president of the Trainers’ Association, Patrick Smellie, leading in a winner, his second this year. The seeming revival of jockey Odeen Edwards continued with his fifth win from 44 rides this season.
RACE FIVE – Having been in the doldrums for a while, Unruly Boss now trained by Errol Subratie fought off Taurus Boy to win over the five straight course. For jockey, Aaron Chatrie it was another bustling operation, to cement his status of being hard knocking. Unruly Boss was Chatrie’s 14 win in 2022.
RACE SIX – Jockey Roger Hewitt continued his onward push with winner number 18 this season aboard the Steven Todd-trained Lazer Light.
RACE SEVEN – Win number three for foreign filly Madelyn’s Sunshine was a walk in the park, as after assuming the lead shortly after the start, the Jason DaCosta trainee was never challenged. Punters should follow the progress of the other DaCosta foreigner in this event, Luksol, as after a slow start and a bumpy run-in, the filly was coming strong in the final furlong to earn third place. It was win number two on the day for DaCosta, jockey Anthony Thomas, and owner Carlton Watson.
RACE EIGHT – Tailor made after joining the ranks of claiming, Thalos from the shedrow of champion trainer Anthony Nunes duly obliged and was taken by trainer Fernando Geddes for $750,000.
RACE NINE – This year’s None Such Sprint Trophy was a cracker. Howling favourite Mahogany after a brutal battle on the headlines with the lightly weighted Make Up Artist was harassed and harangued in the stretch drive by, I Am Fred (Chris Mamdeen). When the winning post arrived, I Am Fred, on the inside, won by a short head. It was a pulsating finish that brought spectators to their feet. Three wins for DaCosta on the day.
RACE TEN – Champion trainer Anthony Nunes closed the programme with his second winner, Bern Notice (Tevin Foster). Bern Notice was venturing into claiming for the first time and as expected was taken by trainer Johnny Wilmot for $1 million. Nunes claimed Azaria for the same amount.