KINGSTON, Jamaica – Jockey Robert Halledeen gave himself the perfect booster shot for his efforts in both the 1000 and 2000 Guineas with a well-judged victory on Tequila Blue in the Caymanas Saturday seventh.
Halledeen riding for trainer Gary Subratie piloted Tequila Blue to victory in a three-year-old maiden condition race travelling 5 ½ furlongs. Halledeen rides Sure Curlin in the 1000 and Nuclear Noon in the 2000.
When the gates opened a fight for the lead emerged involving Rocket Lily (Shane Ellis 3-5) and Let’s Get It On (Dane Nelson - 12-1). Halledeen settled Tequila Blue in third.
Turning for home, both Roget Lily and Let’s Get It On both went wide leaving a clear passage for Tequila Blue and Halledeen on the inside.
In the final furlong and a half, Tequila Blue pulled away to win by 2 1/4 lengths.
Turnonthelight came through to finish second at odds of 70-1, with Rocket Lily third.
|RACE 7 NB3YO MAIDEN CONDITION RACE - FILLIES 1100M/5-1/2FUR 3:30 PM|
|1||4||Tequila Blue||Robert Halledeen||6-1||$351.00||$89.00|
|3||7||Rocket Lily||Shane Ellis||3-5||$68.00|
|4||5||Letters in Gold||Tevin Foster||14-1|
|5||2||Chiney Music||Dane Dawkins||5-1|
|Trainer: Gary Subratie|
|Splits: 23.3 x 47.4 - Time:1:09.1 - Margins: 2 1/4 by 3 1/2 - 14 RAN|