Four secure qualification for Diamond Mile

BY RUDDY ALLEN
Observer staff reporter
ruddya@jamaicaobserver.com

Friday, October 11, 2019

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After the completion of the LASCO Distributors Limited-sponsored two-day Superstakes carnival of racing last weekend, the automatic first preference entries into the ultra-rich Diamond Mile have been decided.

Although winning the iCool Fruit Drink Superstakes, the brilliant She's A Maneater had already qualified for the Diamond Mile having won the seven-furlong (1,400m) Gold Cup in August. Supreme Soul had already qualified by virtue of winning the Jamaica Derby in June, a part of his Triple Crown feat.

Added to the mix are Another Bullet and the unbeaten American-bred bay colt S tranger Danger.

Another Bullet earned his qualifying spot by winning the LASCO Food Drink Caribbean Sprint Championship race over six furlongs (1,200m), while Stranger Danger grabbed his automatic spot with an emphatic win in the Lyrix Soft Drink Invitational Mile.

With those four mentioned, the race is shaping up for what could be the most competitive and exciting Diamond Mile race to be run thus far since its inception in 2015. The US$115,000 (over J$14 million) Diamond Mile is set for November 9 at Caymanas Park.

Will In Charge had been given automatic first preference entry to the race as the previous winner providing he has raced in a minimum of two Grade One races and finished first to third in a least one. However, Will In Charge will not be participating in the race as he is out of competitive racing for the remainder of the season.

With the absence of Will In Charge, this leaves She's A Maneater as the only horse in the line-up to have won the Diamond Mile before as she did it in 2017 under Dane Nelson. Seeking My Dream won the first two Diamond Mile races and he is now doing stud duties at Paradise at Spring Village Farm. Also out of the Diamond Mile running this year are I Am Di One, Master of Hall, Saratoga Sight, and Run Thatcher Run.

This year's 1000 Guineas winner I Am Di One was seventh on this list of horses eligible for the Diamond Mile but the three-year-old dark bay filly was retired to stud, which ended her short but successful racing career. Master of Hall, who was 14th on the list, will not be racing for at least a year; Saratoga Sight, an American-bred sort who was 15th on the list, has also retired to the breeding farm, while Run Thatcher Run, who was 26th on the list, will be out of racing for some time though.

Bigdaddykool, who was runner-up in the last three Diamond Mile races, is ninth on the list and surely will be contesting his fourth-consecutive Diamond Mile. Houdini's Magic, who had finished in third place in the last two Diamond Mile events, could secure a spot as he is in 11th position on the list.

Apart from Supreme Soul, three-year-olds in the top 16 on list are Toona Ciliata (fifth on the list), Sentient (sixth on the list), Princess Annie (10th on the list), Princess Ava (14th on the list), and Tricky One (16th on the list).

HORSES ELIGIBLE FOR DIAMOND MILE RACE - 2019 (UP TO AND INCLUDING OCTOBER 11, 2019)

1. SUPREME SOUL*** - $10,725,900
2. SHE’S A MANEATER*** - $7,230,350
3. STRANGER DANGER*** - $3,330,600
4. ANOTHER BULLET*** - $3,167,000
5. TOONA CILIATA - $2,976,000
6. SENTIENT - $2,955,000
7. SUPERLUMINAL - $2,601,700
8. UNCLE FRANK - $2,252,750
9. BIGDADDYKOOL - $2,103,650
10. PRINCESS ANNIE - $2,055,000
11. HOUDINI’S MAGIC - $1,893,750
12. UNCLE VINNIE - $1,554,400
13. DRUMMER BOY - $1,248,100
14. PRINCESS AVA - $1,220,000
15. FAYROUZ - $1,067,400
16. TRICKY ONE - $1,060,000
17. MONEY MAGNET - $1,045,600
18. DONTAE - $869,950
19. BRUCE WAYNE - $851,050
20. SECRET TRAVELLER - $779,700
21. LADY BLUE - $750,000
22. SUMMER SUN - $728,000
23. HOVER CRAFT - $718,400
24. DYSFUNCTIONAL - $647,800
25. BIRDIE MY LOVE - $591,500
26. MY ELLE BELLE - $541,850
27. MR. UNIVERSE - $540,000
28. CHACE THE GREAT - $473,200
29. ROYAL VIBES - $407,700
30. EARN YOUR STRIPES - $385,000
31. CASUAL DRINK - $315,000
32. ANNA LISA - $236,600
PEKING CRUZ - $236,600
33. ENVISAGE - $230,000
34. LICI’S PEPSI - $227,500
35. ZEPHYR - $203,300
36. SOTOMAYOR - $160,150
37. SIR IAN LINKS - $160,000
38. DUKE - $140,000
39. GOD OF LOVE - $135,000
40. MY SISTER - $118,300
41. WINTER IS COMING - $109,900
42. NUCLEAR FLIGHT - $104,700
PATRIARCH - $104,700
43. CAPTUREMYSHIP - $91,000
WARTIME - $91,000
44. RICKY RICARDO - $81,900
45. CRIMSON - $80,000
46. MADAM SECRETARY - $72,800
47. PRINCESS LAUREN - $70,000
48. AWESOME AVIATOR - $60,000
REGGAE GONE GRAMMY $60,000
49. RAS EMANUEL - $54,000
50. SERGENT RECKLESS - $49,500
51. HEY CHAMP - $45,500
LOTTERY TICKET - $45,500
MESSI - $45,500
STORM VALLEY - $45,500
52. YAYA’S DREAM - $42,000
53. EXHILARATE - $35,500
54. ARMAGEDDON - $31,300
55. EL PROFESOR - $27,300
FIVE STAR - $27,300
LIGHTNING LILY - $27,300
56. ANOTHER VIGOROUS - $21,000
PAKMAN - $21,000
YAYA’S DREAM - $21,000
57. DRONE STRIKE - $18,200
FRANCIA’S PRIDE - $18,200
NIGHT LIGHT - $18,200
PLEASANT SECRET - $18,200
UNCLE FREDDY - $18,200
***ALREADY QUALIFIED


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