Horse Racing

She's A Maneater to successfully defend Superstakes crown

BY RUDDY ALLEN
Observer staff reporter
ruddya@jamaicaobserver.com

Saturday, November 10, 2018

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THE three best horses in the country at present — She's A Maneater, Will In Charge and Bigdaddykool — are set to meet once again, this time in the 40th running of the $4.5-million Burger King Superstakes, which is expected to be an epic battle over 10 furlongs (2,000m) at Caymanas Park today.

She's A Maneater, from the barn of Wayne DaCosta, is the defending Superstakes champion, having beaten her competition by two lengths in last year's edition. The brilliant bay filly, who is also the reigning Horse of the Year, has three wins, one second place and a third from six starts this seasons.

The Robert Pearson-conditioned Will In Charge is the horse of the moment, having come to the fore as the best horse currently in training after winning four races from five starts this year with some scintillating performances.

Bigdaddykool, trained by Anthony Nunes, has been quietly proving himself to be a premier two-turn horse. He has only raced three times this season, with a victory and two third-place finishes.

The race appears limited to these three as the other three runners in the line-up — Drummer Boy, Perfect Neighbour and Sotomayor — are probably to make up numbers.

The big three have only met once this year and that was in The Viceroy Trophy over nine furlongs (1800 metres) on June 30, with Houdini's Magic getting the better of Dontae, Bigdaddykool and Will In Charge, in that order. She's A Maneater, who had stumbled at the start of the race, came home in last position as the 2-5 favourite.

The Invitational Graded Stakes event for three-year-olds and upward is set as the ninth race on the card and will go to post at 4:35 pm, with first post at 11:45 am.

She's A Maneater ( Natural Selection - Ahwhofah by Royal Minister) is probably not getting the acclaim she deserves but is still a warrior. The “Wonder Woman” of local racing, as she is often called, is tough, versatile and has an uncanny knack for knowing how to win. She's A Maneater commands maximum respect and will be around at the end.

She ran way below par in the Gold Cup on October 13 and seemed then to have lost her zest when compared with the start of her four-year-old career. However, with her class and talent and if she shows up as the She's A Maneater that racing fans know, then this exceptional filly will surely defend her crown. The weights are in her favour as she will carry 55.0kgs (121 lb), the lightest she has been this season. Omar Walker, who has still been unable to get maximum effort out of She's A Maneater all season, surprisingly remains in the saddle.

Will In Charge ( Adore The Gold - Gem Lea by Meadow Flight) has the rare distinction of beating S he's A Maneater three times this season. In addition to The Viceroy Trophy, Will In Charge defeated She's A Maneater by a length in the Legal Light Trophy over nine furlongs and 25 yards (1,820m) on April 21, and then in the Gold Cup by over three lengths over seven furlongs (1,400m).

Will In Charge's win in the Gold Cup was as good as it gets, and since that winning effort he has prepared well for his Superstakes and it is going to take quite an effort from one of his rivals to deny him. Will In Charge's credentials are well known and Robert Halledeen, who will ride at 57.0kgs (126 lb), is the perfect partner.

Bigdaddykool ( Sorrentino - Beware Baby by Friendly Lover) announced his return to form after an injury spell when winning an Open Allowance race over nine and 25 yards on October 15. The bay gelding won by over five lengths in an impressive 1:53.0. He relishes two turns but appears to be a difficult horse to ride, requiring very strong hands.

Bigdaddykool has been burning up the exercise track in the mornings, and with his proven class and talent he is poised to win the Superstakes. Linton Steadman will ride at 57.0kgs (126 lb).

Another chapter will be written in the Superstakes and it is certainly a race worth watching.

Also on tap on Super Day are the 31st running of the $2-million Glen Millis Caribbean Sprint Championship over six furlongs (1,200m), the fifth running of the $1.35-million Coca-Cola Invitational Mile over eight furlongs (1,600m), and the 12th running of the $1 million Coca-Cola Juvenile Sprint over six and a half furlongs (1,300m).

The reigning sprint champion Chace The Great will have nine other runners to contend with if he is to successfully defend his Caribbean Championship crown. Chace The Great didn't do that badly in the recent Gold Cup, where he finished in fourth place by over six lengths. However, he is back at his pet trip and with Dwight Chen calling for the strong handling of Dane Nelson, Chace The Great is going to win this race again.

Competition is expected to come from Money Magnet, Campesino and the improving three-year-olds Patriarch and Peking Cruz.

The Gary Subratie-trained American-bred three-year-old chestnut filly Hilly's Halo should brush aside rivals in the Coca-Cola Invitational Mile. Hilly's Halo is gunning for five in a row, two grades above, but has shown so much class that she should prove hard to beat. Nelson gets the leg up for the first time.

Fayrouz, defending champion Houdini's Magic, Uncle Frank and Hover Craft should run well.

It will be a three-way fight among the two-year-olds for the Juvenile Sprint. The Anthony Nunes pair of Corazon and Tricky One are set to take on Top Shelf from the barn of Patrick Fong.

Corazon ran out an easy winner by over three lengths in a maiden specail weight event over five furlongs (1,000m) straight in 59.2 on October 13. She has looked much improved in her preparation for this and will not go down without a fight.

Tricky One, on his second outing, got it right in a six-furlong dash on October 6 when he won by over two lengths in 1:14.2. The bay colt has been training well and should be right there when the race is being decided.

Top Shelf is the only horse in the race that holds two victories. Her latest was in the Cash Pot “Only One For Me” Trophy over six furlongs where she upset rivals at 30-1 for her two-length victory. The final time was recorded at 1:14.1. Corazon has been given the edge to win.

Ones to watch

Race 1) Ictus/Bullet Raj/Pizarro

Race 2) Corazon/Top Shelf/Tricky One

Race 3) Shalini's Gold/Eye Candy/Jamin

Race 4) Hello Lady/Party Princess/Buck Call

Race 5) Fyling Machine/Stir It Up/Yolove

Race 6) Uncle Freddie/Silence/Aurelia's Summer

Race 7) Chace The Great/Money Magnet/ Patriarch

Race 8) Hilly's Halo/Fayrouz/Houdini's Magic

Race 9) She's A Maneater/Bigdaddykool/ Will In Charge

Race 10) Outrageous Taj/My Sister/El Profesor

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