Queen Paula falls to illness
THE Lorenzo Robinson-trained Queen Paula is dead. The three-year-old bay filly by Film Director - Breathless succumbed to what has been described as an ailment yesterday, the Complete Racing Guide was informed.
Queen Paula rose to fame and glory on April 5 when under the guidance of Andre Martin she won the first Classic of the season, the one mile, 1000 Guineas by five lengths getting the better of Black Thorn and Bubbling Angeline.
After her victory in the Guineas, Queen Paula raced in the 10-furlong Jamaica Oaks and was never a winning factor, finishing in sixth position, way behind eventual winner the Fitzroy Glispie-trained Raven Raeven. After her non-performance in the Oaks, Queen Paula was rested by her trainer and reappeared as one of the starters in the Jamaica Derby where she did not impress and finished out of the frame. After Queen Paula's run in the Derby, news began to spread around the racetrack that she was having health difficulties but was receiving treatment.
Trainer Lorenzo Robinson could not be reached at press time for a comment.
Queen Paula's victory in the 1,000 Guineas gave Robinson and Martin their first Classic win.