KINGSTON, Jamaica – The raceday conjured some exciting moments while a brand-new Classic contender has emerged.
Make Up Artist
Racing for the third time, Make Up Artist registered her third victory, this time by 12 ¼ lengths. This four-year-old filly by Adore The Gold – Lipstick Lily had her difficulties at three which curtailed her career forcing trainer Jason DaCosta to race her at four. Now Make Up Artist who clocked a fast time of 1:20.3 on a track that has been slow for a while, is unveiling her class and may even reach Open Allowance without defeat. Kudos to all of her connections.
Competing two classes below where his talent should have him, Mahogany in Overnight company went on a casual exercise spin. Mahogany was racing for the first time since last December and the hope is for this talented horse to remain fit and healthy, thereby allowing him to compete consistently at the highest level.
The run by Big Jule has ignited the flames for the two of the three Classic races to come, the 10-furlong St Leger and the 12-furlong Jamaica Derby. Big Jule does not qualify for the 10-furlong Jamaica Oaks which is confined to fillies only.
Entering the starting gates for the third time, Big Jule, a bred in utero bay colt by Tapizar – Blues In The Grass, trained by a rampaging Ian Parsard and ridden by Omar Walker gave a performance of dominance rarely seen in recent times at the Park.
Big Jule running the two turns of nine furlongs and 25 yards did so like a seasoned campaigner instead of a horse racing for only the third time.
Big Jule was dismissive and in the straight looked as if he needed another two furlongs to really get going.
The final time of 1:57.4 was explosive.
Let’s examine Big Jule’s final time.
Just half -an--hour earlier, racing at the same distance in the same grouping Daddy Jones recorded a time of 2:03.2 making the time done by Big Jule 5.3 seconds faster and in term of lengths - 28 lengths better.
The current top-rated horse currently in training is Oneofakind.
On June 5, 2021, Oneofakind won at nine furlongs and 25 yards in a time of 1:57.2, a mere two-fifths of a second faster than the time done by Big Jule, who has reached the non-winners of three level.
Surely, the jitters have started to emerge among the connections of the already established three-year-olds.
Let’s wait and see, interesting times are ahead.
The mare Mete-Orite had the unique distinction of seeing two of her offspring winning back to back races.
First there was Mahogany (Sensational Slam), followed by Daddy Jones (American Dance).