Talented Tony K favoured for Governor's Cup today
TALENTED TONY K, winner of the Jamaica 2000 Guineas in his last start, heads a field of 13 in the 74th running of the Lotto Classic (Gr I) for the Governor's Cup at Caymanas Park today.
The ninth and penultimate race on the 10-race card, the Futurity race for native-bred three-year-olds, going 2,000 metres for a purse of $3,300,000, has a probable post time at 4:55 pm with first post at 12:40 pm.
A bay colt by Traditional out of Ocean Liner (Law Of The Sea), Talented Tony K is the only Classic winner in the line-up. Before this victory, he ran dismally to finish ninth by 19 1/2 lengths in his Guineas prep to Rocketman, one of his major adversaries in today's challenge.
Prepared for racing by Lorne Kirlew for owner Jigzy Blade, Talented Tony K will be ridden by Shane Ellis, who replaces regular jockey Omar Walker who now plies his trade at Assiniboia Downs in Canada.
Talented Tony K, who made winning the Guineas look so easy, will today face a different challenge of some magnitude as he will be attempting the two-turn journey for the first time. Added to this, he will also carry top weight of 57.0kg and allow sizeable amounts of kilogrammes all round to two Oaks contestants -- Bubbling Angeline, who finished second, and Sparkling Michaela, who completed the frame carrying 57.0kg at the time.
On the colts side, Talented Tony K will renew rivalry with Relampago, Rocketman and Bars Of Gold, who completed the frame in that order behind him in the 2000 Guineas at a combined 201/2 lengths distance.
Despite the increase in distance that will suit the precocious son of Traditional, he -- being better bred for the distance than most -- should not expect any quarters from his rivals since running over two-turn distances calls for different preparation and strategy as opposed to preparation for sprint distances. Let's not forget that the out-and-out sprinter Lifeisjustforliving, prepared by champion trainer Wayne DaCosta, was the winner of this event four years ago.
Philip Feanny, who has won this particular race some six times since 1982, has a very strong hand in today's event with Bubbling Angeline (Paul Francis up), Bars Of Gold with the champion jockey Dane Nelson in the saddle and Winston Griffiths aboard Rocketman. It is instructive to note that Feanny has gone for the Tongue Tie on both his colts.
Also worth noting is the progress that is being made by the colt Bold Aviator and filly the Sparkling Michaela. Both show a keenness for extreme distances, and although both may lack the class of the principals, should not be totally overlooked.
Ones To Watch
*Race 1 Sir D (Dane Nelson)
*Race 2 Breath Of Life (Prince Holder)
*Race 3 Fantasy (Orlando Foster)
Race 4 Sub Structure (Robert Halledeen)
*Race 5 Blessing N' Glory (Dane Nelson)
*Race 6 Dagga Dagga Links (Shane Ellis)
*Race 7 Double The Honey (Dick Cardenas)
*Race 8 El Patron (Orayne Simpson)
*Race 9 Talented Tony K (Shane Ellis)
*Race 10 Jarreau (Dane Nelson)