Typewriter ticks off win in Boom St Leger
TYPEWRITER closed off the Classic season by winning the $3,900,000 Boom St Leger, final race in the native-bred three-year-old Triple Crown Series, at Caymanas Park yesterday.
Trained by Spencer Chung for owners Robert F Chung & WP Valentine Chung and ridden by Shane Ellis, the 1-4 favourite and late blooming son of Western Classic ran 2000 metres in 2:10.1 to sew up the final two legs of the Triple Crown series by 1 1/2 lengths.
Typewriter, who started his racing career following the running of the season's first Classic, the Jamaica 2000 Guineas for colts and geldings on April 7, but eventually won the Jamaica Derby second on June 9.
Uncle Donny, ridden by champion jockey Dick Cardenas for trainer Anthony Nunes, came charging late to finished second with stablemate Star Flyer, who held off Typewriter from assuming the lead leaving the 800m point until she gave in the final 150m from home, was third ridden by Dane Nelson, another 2 1/2 lengths back.
Aventura, ridden by Winston Griffiths for trainer Gresford Smith, completed the frame in the field of 11.
Despite his 1 1/2 victory, it did not come easy — something which trainer Chung anticipated.
"Shane was asked to to be patient," he said, explaining that just coming out of the Derby, he did not want to appear be too sure of victory and in the process do something silly "like rushing into the pace setters".
"They were there to set the pace and we did not want to get caught up in that. So it was the plan for Ellis to bide his time well and then take it from there. It eventually turned out well and it makes me and the connections happy," Chung said.
A bay gelding by Western Classic out of the Boundary mare Doc's Paladin, Typewriter was winning for the fifth time from five career starts and he earned $2,106,000 as the winner's share for a bankroll of $8,217,200 lifetime.
Meanwhile, no trainer saddled more than one win on the 10-race card, but leading rider Dane Nelson and four-time champion jockey Omar Walker rode two winners each.
Walker posted Ghost Rapper for trainer Ian Parsard in the third race and Richieshappynotion in the seventh for trainer Lorne Kirlew.
Nelson's two winners were aboard Skipping The Storm in the fourth for trainer Tensang Chung and Mucho Gusto for trainer Arnold Rambally in the eighth.