ROYAL Vibes, who ran gallantly to finish third in the Jamaica Derby, looks primed to extend his win record to two for the season in an imported three-year-olds and upward non-winners of three and maidens, and native-bred three-year-olds Restricted Stakes at Caymanas Park today.
The event, which will serve as highlighter for the day's 11-race card, has attracted an interesting field of eight runners going 1,600 metres for a share of the $715,000 purse. The event is the seventh on the card and is set to go to post at approximately 3:35 pm, with first post at 12:20 pm.
Following a half-hearted performance in the Jamaica St Leger, Royal Vibes returned to non-winners of two in his next race.
Trained by Wayne DaCosta for owner Carlton Watson, Royal Vibes, a bay colt by Natural Selection out of November Lace (Peaks And Valleys) bred by YS (1955) Ltd now pitted against much the same company as on last, has as good a chance to continue the winning form. Dick Cardenas, who was aboard Royal Vibes on his most recent win, will again ride.
In a race of predominantly local breds, the imported bay colt Admiral Snow, trained by George Moo-Young for owner Patrick Salmon, who beat Rum Punch, the stablemate of Royal Vibes some three weeks ago over today's trip, looks to be the main danger to a Royal Vibes victory.
Jockey Richard Mitchell, who piloted the American to his maiden win on local soil from three starts is recalled in place of Omar Walker.
Ones To Watch
Race 1 Golden Bullet (Shane Ellis)
Race 2 Miracle Speed (Milton Powell)
Race 3 D' Angel (Dane Nelson)
Race 4 Grande Marque (Orlando Foster)
Race 5 Tropicaldepression (Shane Ellis)
Race 6 Step It Up (Richard Mairs)
Race 7 Royal Vibes (Dick Cardenas)
Race 8 Mikenificent (Richard Mairs)
Race 9 Reign Of Deftiny (Dane Nelson)
Race 10 Best Flyer (Vijay Ashley)
Race 11 Man Alive (Dane Nelson)