Horse Racing

Super Sparkle, My Elle Belle go head-to-head

BY RUDDY ALLEN
Observer staff reporter
ruddya@jamaicaobserver.com

Saturday, August 11, 2018

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IT will be a clash between two American-bred fillies as Super Sparkle and My Elle Belle go head-to-head for top honours in a Restricted Stakes event on the 10-race programme at Caymanas Park today.

Super Sparkle, from the barn of the in-form Ian Parsard, with one victorious race from five career starts has more controlling speed, while the Spencer Chung-trained My Elle Belle, with two wins from nine career starts, has more staying power. Those attributes could mean a very competitive race is on hand over eight and a half furlongs (1,700m).

The race, for a purse of $930,000, is positioned as the seventh on the card and is set to go to post at 4:05 pm, with first post at 12:30 pm.

Super Sparkle finally found the winning post in front on last when she got the better of Dee Danger by a length and a half going five furlongs (1,000m) round, in a time of 1:01.3. The bay filly is still effective going this long and with improvement shown in her victory, Super Sparkle can win again with the proviso that she can get the trip. Super Sparkle will race without the blinkers and Dick Cardenas has remained in the saddle.

My Elle Belle was not disgraced on last when finishing by over six lengths in third place behind the improving Hilly's Halo and My Sister over six and a half furlongs (1,300m) in 1:19.2. The chestnut filly will be more suitable over this longer trip and so a better showing is expected here. My Elle Belle has beaten Super Sparkle before at seven and a half furlongs (1,500m) and with the leading rider Anthony Thomas aboard, another win is on the table for the American.

Others in the race who should provide some competition are fillies Harry's Train, Azaria and Anna Lisa, and colt Sir Puddington.

Meanwhile, the Newport Millis-sponsored Front Runner Dash feature for maiden two-year-olds is sure to bring some excitement as well. Eight starters, all first-time runners, are down to compete in the quick dash of five furlongs (1,000m) on the round course for a purse of $1.1 million.

With the history of the juveniles, any number can play, but the hype surrounds Matriarch ( Casual Trick - Witch Craft) and Baltusrol ( Blue Pepsi Lodge — Star Fyler) from the stables of Anthony Nunes, and Princess Annie ( Northern Giant — Millenium Princess) and Devine Lexie ( Natural Selection — Preach Preacher) from the barn of Wayne DaCosta. Baltusrol is the only colt in the line-up against seven fillies, and so he is given the edge.

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