Universal Boss easy as ever in fifth – double for champion trainer

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Trainer Anthony Nunes (left) with jockey Simon Husbands

KINGSTON, Jamaica – It was so easy for Universal Boss as the four-year-old bay gelding earned his fourth career victory, this time is an Optional Claimer ($1,000,000 – $850,000) for four-year-olds and upwards non-winners of four running over a distance of 6 ½ furlongs.

Drawn at post-position one with Simon Husbands in the saddle, Universal Boss moved quickly alongside the rails to be with the earlier leaders, stablemate Baltusrol (Dane Nelson – 7-1) running without the nominated tongue tie on and Kingsman (Omar Walker – 4/5) on the outside.

Universal Boss then responded to the request to go from Husbands leaving the three-furlong marker and that was that for the rest of the nine runners as Universal Boss was imperious in victory winning by 5 ¼ lengths over Baltusrol and Royal Aviator. The final time was a fast 1:19.0.

This was the second win on today’s card for champion trainer Anthony Nunes.

RACE 5 OPT CLM $1M-$850K (3YO&UP)(NB4YO&UP/NW4) 1300M/6-1/2FUR 2:35PM
Pos. No. Horse Jockey Odds Win Place
1 1 Universal Boss Simon Husbands 1-2 $78.00 $58.00
2 5 Baltusrol Dane Nelson 7-1 $87.00
3 6 Royal Aviator Daniel Satchell 99-1 $483.00
4 4 Ricky Ricardo Abigail Able 16-1
5 7 Mr Ambassador Dane Dawkins 47-1
TRAINER: Anthony Nunes
Daniel Satchell rides #6 Royal Aviator
Splits: 23.0 x 46.0 x 1:11.2 – Time: 1:19.0 – Margins: 5 1/4 x 3 – 10 RAN
Ex:$303 Triple:$914 S/Fecta:$11,524
Q:$242 Hi-5:$24,662