Horse Racing

Slowly but surely, Sotomayor goes up the ladder of progress

Observer reporter

Friday, August 31, 2018

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He has flattered to deceive many times in his career, especially after his win in the 2016 Jamaica Two-Year-Old Stakes, but on Sunday last (August 26, 2018) Sotomayor was able soothe some of the multiple doubters assembled over the last year and a half.

The Anthony Nunes-trained, Dick Cardenas-ridden, Sotomayor mauled a good field in the Purewater Trophy over seven furlongs (1,400m), doing literally from in front, instead of his usual style of coming from behind the pack.

After his disappointing fifth -lace finish by 15 lengths when last on the track at the same Overnight Allowance level, over nine furlongs and 25 yards (1,820m) as the even money favouirte, Sotomayor restored some faith as he galloped to his third win for the season from eight starts.

The Traditional offspring turned on the pressure in deep stretch and defeated rivals by three-and-a-quarter lengths, winning in a time of 1:25.4.

Sotomayor raced in second place at the off behind Old Braeton (O'Brien White), with Coralando (Prince Holder) racing in third.

Sotomayor took over from Old Braeton at the five-sixteenth pole and went on to win comfortably over Coralando and Bruce Wayne (Linton Steadman) in the end.

“It was alright performance by Sotomayor. I mean, his last performance was really poor; after which we found out that he was sick after the race and we basically got him back on the healthy side and he worked really nice for this race and so we expected a victory.

“Well, he is now in Open Allowance company where the competition is a little stiffer, but I think with time he will make his way,” Nunes said.

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