Finally, some 'Sparkle

Observer writer

Friday, August 17, 2018

Print this page Email A Friend!

Super Sparkle, a dashing imported bay filly on twinkle toes, has given owner-trainer Ian Parsard high expectations of her becoming a more-than-decent racing prospect and an even more respectable breeding possibility in the future.

This following the filly's bold and determined front-running victory over 1,700 metres to capture a three-year-old and upward, imported three-year-old and upward (NW3) lifetime, and native-bred three-year-old Restricted Stakes call at Caymanas Park on Saturday.

Super Sparkle, a three-year-old by Storm Cat - She's A Winner, was winning for the second time and consecutively from six starts following three previous second-place finishes.

A field of eight runners was declared, but Harry's Train from the same camp as Super Sparkle was declared a late starter. Moving swiftly to assume the lead after the start, Super Sparkle was never headed and completed the race in a tidy 1:46.0 to upstage My Elle Belle with Anthony Thomas by 2 1/2 lengths, thereby taking the major share of the $930,000 purse. Azaria finished third. The recorded splits were 24.1 x 47.1 x 1:12.1 x 1:38.1.

After the race Parsard was asked what is in store for Super Sparkle, and his response was: “To be honest, looking ahead we have high hopes for her. She has been a little disappointing in the early part of her career, but my son Peter John (his assistant trainer) has really done a fair amount of work in finding out some of the issues with her, and I think he found out what the major issue is and now she is a winner. Following this, in discussions with the jockey for this race, they decided to make another change by removing the blinkers and she ran better. As a team they (Peter John and Dick Cardenas) are working really well together and he (Cardenas) is making quite a difference in the stable,” Parsard shared.

As to Super Sparkle's breeding prospects, Parsard stated: “If I were to look down the line, I will say that she could be a good broodmare prospect for us as she is very well-bred and possesses all the ingredients for such a step. But she is now showing that she has ability and hopefully she will be able to kick on in racing for the time being.”

Now you can read the Jamaica Observer ePaper anytime, anywhere. The Jamaica Observer ePaper is available to you at home or at work, and is the same edition as the printed copy available at




1. We welcome reader comments on the top stories of the day. Some comments may be republished on the website or in the newspaper � email addresses will not be published.

2. Please understand that comments are moderated and it is not always possible to publish all that have been submitted. We will, however, try to publish comments that are representative of all received.

3. We ask that comments are civil and free of libellous or hateful material. Also please stick to the topic under discussion.

4. Please do not write in block capitals since this makes your comment hard to read.

5. Please don't use the comments to advertise. However, our advertising department can be more than accommodating if emailed:

6. If readers wish to report offensive comments, suggest a correction or share a story then please email:

7. Lastly, read our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy

comments powered by Disqus



Today's Cartoon

Click image to view full size editorial cartoon