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Supreme Ventures Jamaica two-year-old stakes

An expected stroll for the ‘Princess’

BY OBSERVER RACING WRITER

Wednesday, December 25, 2013    

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THE Supreme Ventures Limited-sponsored Jamaica-Two-Year-Old Stakes over one mile is the big race for the juveniles. It is the race that more often than not defines the three-year-old Classic season.

While this year's race, which will be run on Boxing Day (December 26), features 10 of racing's best two-year-olds, all the hype and attention surrounds only one horse, one filly, who is redefining the boundaries of performance at this level and who is seeking to create history.

Princess Popstar, the Philip Feanny-trained Adore The Gold — Doc's Paladin progeny, after three victories which have ignited the passion of racing fans, is seeking to become the first horse to win the SVL series of races and the $1-million bonus which comes with such an accomplishment.

That Princess Popstar is very special is beyond doubt. She exudes class, and every time she enters the racetrack, there is a feeling among racing fans that an extraordinary moment is forthcoming. Running 59.1 seconds for five furlongs; 1:10.4 minutes for six, and 1:25.1 for seven, all easy and without challenge are mere glimpses of the qualities of this bay filly.

Princess Popstar is from the top drawer, the very top, and her latest endeavour on Boxing Day will be another stroll in the park of success.

With the expected domination of the Two-Year-Old Stakes by Princess Popstar, the real contest is the fight for second place, where the consistent Insane Bolt and the improving Rocket Man are the main contenders. Insane Bolt has done everything asked of him by trainer Wayne DaCosta and has demonstrated a willingness to fight, while Rocket Man is another emerging force, who recently won his maiden race. It will be quite interesting to see how these two perform, because if Rocket Man completes the exacta for Feanny it will in effect mean domination by the former champion trainer of both the female and male sides going into the 2014 racing year.

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