Racing News for Saturday, June 12, 2021Tuesday, June 15, 2021
MANSUR MUSUR GETS THE JOB DONE WITH EQUIPMENT CHANGE
Mansur Musur , after two close finishes in his last two races, returned with the tongue-tie on and that change of equipment played a role in him winning a five-year-old and upwards Maiden Condition race over 5 ½ furlongs (1,100m).
Jockey Dane Dawkins got the Errol Pottinger-owned and trained Mansur Musur off to a safe start, as the five-year-old bay gelding chased Northern Ridge (Dick Cardenas) along with Little Red (Natalie Berger) going into the half-mile (800m) turn.
Entering the lane for the final two furlongs (400m) of the race, Mansur Musur drew alongside Northern Ridge early in the stretch drive and then powered away under strong handling to win by five lengths in a time of 1:12.2.
Northern Ridge finished second with The Final Blue (Kiaman McGregor) earning third place.
COMMISSIONER TAKES COMMAND DOWN THE FIVE STRAIGHT
With three second-place finishes from 10 career starts, the Rowan Mathie-conditioned Commissioner finally found the winning post in front. Commissioner's first win came after brushing aside rivals in a native-bred four-year-old and upwards Maiden Condition offering travelling down the five furlongs (1,000m) straight course.
It was the perfect start for the four-year-old bay gelding who was positioned by jockey Dane Nelson between Take Two (Oshane Nugent) and first-timer Montgomery (Oshadane Robinson) as the latter two vied for the early lead.
Coming across the dummy rails, Commissioner came away from the pack along with Take Two before sprinting clear to earn his first victory by six lengths in a time of 1:01.4 for the distance. Queen Deftiny (Natalie Berger) was second and Take Two third.
FOUR-IN-A-ROW FOR CHRISANLI VIA STEWARD'S ROOM
Chrisanli completed his fourth-consecutive victory after being awarded first place in a three-year-old and upwards claiming ($450,000-$400,000) event travelling five furlongs straight.
Trained by Ryan Williams and ridden by Tevin Foster, Chrisanli while coming across the dummy rails looked like the winner, but Big Paul (Oshane Nugent) flashed on the scene to snatch victory.
After a lengthy steward's inquiry, the colours of Big Paul were lowered and Chrisanli awarded the race. Big Paul was placed third for causing interference and intimidation to Diligent (Daniel Thompson) inside the final 300 metres of the race. The margins were 1 ¼ x ½ with a final time of 1:01.2.
TRAINER JOHNNY WILMOT'S GOOD SEASONAL FORM CONTINUES
Trainer Johnny Wilmot continued his good form this year as he secured win number 13 when his charge Saint Michael won a native-bred five-year-old and upwards Restricted Allowance (non-winners of three) contest at five furlongs straight.
Breaking from the number one draw, Saint Michael with Dane Nelson aboard did not move across to the outside rails as expected but instead raced straight most of the way before coming across just a bit. Saint Michael in the early part of the contest raced behind the leaders Black River (Natalie Berger) and Fabulosity (Jordan Barrett). Working overtime coming across the dummy rails, Nelson got Saint Michael in top gear a furlong out to win by 1 1/4 lengths in a final time of 1:01.3.
Black River was second and Hecandance (Shane Ellis) third.
SEVEN HORSES CLAIMED
Seven horses were claimed on the 10-race programme.
In the third race, Anthony Dixon claimed Balazo for owner Rupert Gayle from Steven Todd, Errol Pottinger claimed winner Smokey Topaz for owner Zelmuna from Joseph Durrant, Welsh Soutar claimed Sharp Skirt for himself, and Ian Alexander claimed Princess Statistic for owner Mr Biggs from Gordon Lewis. All horses in the third event were claimed for $250,000 each.
In the seventh race, Junior Small claimed Big Paul for owner Barrington Bernard from Anthony Nunes, Ryan Darby claimed Super Amia for owner Keisha Thomas from Dennis Lee, and Michael McIntosh claimed Chrisanli for himself from Ryan Williams. All these horses were claimed for $450,000 each.
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