Horse Racing

Baltusrol for Terremoto Trophy feature

Observer staff reporter

Saturday, September 01, 2018

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Baltusrol, a dashing bay colt by Blue Pepsi Lodge — Star Flyer, looks to be one of promise for the upcoming three-year-old season and could enjoy the run against what looks like a pretty decent field of six juveniles contesting the $950,000 Terremoto Trophy feature at Caymanas Park today.

The Terremoto Trophy second race dash , a Restricted Allowance event for native-bred and imported two-year-old non-winners of two, will be run over five furlongs (1,000m) on the round course.

Baltusrol did not look as ready as he should have been for his opening salvo on August 11 over five furlongs (1,000m) round but his performance was commendable. The Anthony Nunes trainee won by five-and-a-half lengths over Princess Annie and Top Shelf in a time of 1:01.3 minutes.

Baltusrol has looked much better in his preparation for this race and with first time lasix applied, the far-striding colt should put these away and complete a quick double. Dick Cardenas remains in the saddle.

Baltusrol is expected to face what appears to be a more promising field of runners which include bay filly American Invader, who will be making her debut on local soil.

American Invader ( Biondetti - Blugrass) is the only foreigner in the race and is expected to be the main threat to Baltusrol. The Wayne DaCosta trainee has been burning up the track at exercise and having shown good speed, she can get off the mark right away.

DaCosta has another two runners in the line-up in a bay colt Don Julio, also a debutant, and Devine Lexie, who will be making her second appearance. Both are expected to do well, but troubling the top two will be a very difficult task.

Nuclear Proud, another debutant, is a nicely bred bay filly by Nuclear Wayne - Makin Me Proud, who should also give a good account of herself.

However, the only other threat to the top two appears to be Moms Treasure. She should not be left out of calculations as she could create anxious moments for the favourites at the tail end of the race, while taking on the round course for the first time from her two career starts. Although bred for a longer trip, Moms Treasure could get into the act late in the run.

Also on tap is the long-standing Master Blaster Trophy — a Restricted Allowance event among native-bred four-year-olds and upward non-winners of three other than — to be contested over the five-furlong (1,000m) straight course for a purse of $650,000. A field of seven will go post ward.

Trainer Gary Subratie, who is third on the Trainers Championship standings, has a strong hand in the outcome of this race with his entries Pleasant Secret and Uncle Vinnie, but so too trainer Spencer Chung with Killer Bee, and trainer Fitznum Williams with his Golden Stables' Storm Valley.

This is a small but knotty field with the likes of Let It Snow, trained by Patrick Taylor, whose favourite distance looks like the five-straight course, and with the figure 8 removed, should not be left out of calculations.

In spite of the expected competitiveness of the trophy races, the seventh race on the card where Another Vigorous, trained by Rowan Mathie, and Nuclear Flight, conditioned by Gary Subratie, will renew rivalry should be a classical race.

Ones to watch

Race 1) Aria/Father Pickins/Sly Stalloon

Race 2) Baltusrol/American Invader/Moms Treasure

Race 3) Shining Light/Polly B/Lucky Stroke

Race 4) Pizarro/Fortuneonehundred/Milagro

Race 5) Killer Bee/Zi Beast/Pleasant Secret

Race 6) True Whisper/Royal Girl/Aldebaran

Race 7) Another Vigorous/Nuclear Flight/Sir JhunJhun Wala

Race 8) Master Of Hall/Reggae Road/Elal

Race 9) So Smooth/My Mom Juss/Cerasini

Race 10) Mary's Gold/Silver Surf/Dan Dan

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