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Bigdaddykool is all racehorse – Nunes

BY RUDDY ALLEN
Observer staff reporter

Friday, October 19, 2018

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Bigdaddykool removed all doubts about his well-being as, after a long lay-up due to injury, he again demonstrated his capabilities to win the $1.15-million Nigel B Nunes Memorial Cup feature over nine furlongs and 25 yards (1,820m) on Monday.

Although it was against Open Allowance company, Bigdaddykool's acceleration at the furlong-and-a-half (300m) was breathtaking as he motored away to beat Marquesas (Shane Ellis) by six and a half lengths. Dontae (Tevin Foster) was third.

Further confirmation about his class was evidenced by a final time of 1:53.0 with splits of 26.0, 49.4, 1:14.2 and 1:39.2. The final time was just outside of the Stakes record of 1:52.1 done by Long Running Train in 2016.

The clash now against Will In Charge and She's A Maneater is worth looking forward to and Nunes said that once his charge, who is battling with hoof issues, is healthy and fit, he will be ready for the Superstakes.

“Bigdaddykool has a hoof issue that he has been battling with for two years and it just got a little worse and we just kept working and it worked out. The track is on the fast side but 1:53.0 is 1:53.0 and he was running away from those horses. Let's hope that hoof is all right, then he will be ready to go for the Superstakes,” Nunes said.

Nunes said that he was taken aback by the manner of victory.

“It surprised me that he won that easily. We really didn't get a lot of time to prepare but we knew the Superstakes was three weeks away and we needed to get a run in.

“This spot came up and we decided to run after Sunday when he had galloped. He worked really well but I still didn't think that he was fit enough but we had to go and it shows you that he is all racehorse and he just has the heart of a champion,” Nunes said.

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