Horse Racing

Roy Rogers slowly finding his range

BY RUDDY ALLEN
Observer staff reporter

Friday, July 12, 2019

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Despite not being able to compete with his peers in the three-year-old Classic series of races, the Dennis Lee-trained grey gelding Roy Rogers is slowly but surely finding his way and may even be ready to explore new ventures on the racetrack.

Running in a Restricted Allowance event over 6 furlongs (1,200m) on Wednesday, Roy Rogers ( Distorted Soca Party) slammed rivals by 4 lengths in a reasonable time of 1:12.4 after setting splits 23.0 and 46.0.

Lee said that his charge is just about realising his true potential and should be much better later down the line.

“He ( Roy Rogers) is coming on. He is taking his own time getting his act together and I think he will be better at age four come next year. It is a matter of time for him,” Lee said.

He continued: “I train Roy Rogers in his actual races. I don't really burn him on the track in the mornings, and it was the first time that he went 1:14.1 in his exercise gallop the other morning.”

Apprentice and leading rider, Christopher Mamdeen, got Roy Rogers out of the number one post running and held the lead over Yetagain (Reyan Lewis), Ali (Ameth Robles) and Latapy (Anthony Thomas).

Navigating the half-mile (800m) turn, Roy Rogers opened up a comfortable lead of three lengths on the field and turned on the pressure in deep stretch. With no challengers coming forth, Roy Rogers cruised home comfortably for the second win in his 15-race career.

Yetagain ran second, Fresh Cash (Javaniel Patterson) third and Latapy fourth.


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