An 'Awesome' day for trainer Steven Todd

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An 'Awesome' day for trainer Steven Todd

BY HURBUN WILLIAMS
Observer writer

Friday, January 22, 2021

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SATURDAY, January 16, 2021 can only be described as an 'Awesome' day for young trainer, Steven Todd.

While it was his owned and trained Boasy N Flashy colt who brought him the coveted distinction of registering his 200th winner, it was one of his potential Classic hopefuls, Awesome Choice who fittingly closed a triple on the day for Todd.

The third-generation conditioner could have had a four-timer but his charge Suasion went down narrowly in the race before Awesome Choice's run.

Well-ridden in the seventh race of 10 on the card by co-champion jockey Anthony Thomas, Awesome Choice, who was hunting her second win from her seven career starts, was successful in a Restricted Allowance II call, for native-bred three-year-olds (non winners of two), and three-year-olds and upwards maiden foreigners at a distance of six furlongs (1,200).

Not the best away, the three-year-old chestnut filly had to be woken up by her rider and was ridden right throughout to stay competitive, with the chestnut filly by Sensational SlamLipstick Lilly subsequently warding off the late effort of American-bred One Don (Dane Dawkins), who finished second. Alimony (Omar Walker) was third. The winning time was 1:15.0 with splits recorded as 22.3, 46.2.

Todd, who is one of the most consistent and hardworking of the young trainers currently operating at Caymanas Park, offered a post-race comment following Awesome Choice's satisfying win.

“This win today [Saturday] showed that she [ Awesome Choice] is coming along. I am pleased with her performance but it is a little early to speculate on where she will go from here.

“With this victory out of the way she has qualified for non-winners of three but even so, we are taking our time with Awesome Choice's development and then let us see how she responds and progresses with time,” Todd said.


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