Sotomayor to lead home Timeforarms

Observer staff reporter

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

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WITH no designated trophy race being offered on today's 10-race programme at Caymanas Park, the seventh race — a high-claiming ($850,000-$750,000) event for three-year-olds and upward which includes native-bred three-year-old non-winners of four — should draw some attention, especially with the presence of Sotomayor, the 2016 Jamaica Two-Year-Old Stakes winner.

Sotomayor, who notched his first win in well over a year 11 days ago, will take on eight rivals going a mile (1,600 metres) with a purse money of $800,000.

The race is scheduled to go to post at 3:55 pm with first post at 12:30 pm.

There is no doubt that the late-running Sotomayor has not lived up to expectations, as a lot was expected from him after he had defeated She's A Maneater in the Jamaica Two- Year-Old Stakes to be crown edchampion two-year-old.

But the Anthony Nunes trainee went off the boil for the entire 2017 racing calendar.

However, with a show of a new side to his running style on last, Sotomayor might well be back in top form.

Sotomayor led almost every step of the way when winning a non-winners of three other than race over a mile in a good 1:40.1 minutes, and with this new surge in his career and this field seemingly less likely to offer any resistance, the Traditional - Runaway Julie offspring should make it two-in-row today.

The main danger to Sotomayor should be Timeforarms, trained and part-owned by Fitzroy Glispie.

Timeforarms, though at nine years old, is still performing with liveliness, having scored a commanding five-and-a-quarter length win in Overnight Allowance company going over nine furlongs and 25 yards (1,820m) in 1:58.3 minutes.

The last time Timeforarms was in high claiming was on December 23 of last year, and the bay horse was a winner by over three lengths.

His winning time then of 1:39.2 minutes compared to Sotomayor's 1:40.1 minutes is a clear indication of a tight battle at hand.

Timeforarms is tough, strong and consistent, and his younger rival Sotomayor will have to come good when the starter lets them go.

Of the others, Simply Outrageous, who had finished second behind Sotomayor on last, and recent winners Flying Machine and Radical should play their part in the race, but it will take more than their best to upset the top two here.


Race 1) Lady Budget/ Strikeprincegeorge

Race 2) Cheers/Hey Champs

Race 3) Fiery Path/Unbreakable

Race 4) Miss Judy/Super Don

Race 5) Axle Rod/Precocious Value

Race 6) Swabybaby/Apollo Bay

Race 7) Sotomayor/Timeforarms

Race 8) Happy Lee/Amar

Race 9) Pakman/Star

Race 10) Ray Ray/Powerful Red




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