Hand in the air

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Hand in the air

BY OBSERVER RACING WRITER

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

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The upset 47-1 victory by Loose Ball in Saturday's (July 11) third race at Caymanas Park brought much joy to winning rider, apprentice Raddesh Roman.

In a maiden three-year-old, non-winners of two contest competed for over five furlongs straight, the young reinsman kept Loose Ball off the early fractions set by the likes of Basilicus (Paul Francis), K D Flyer (Dane Dawkins) and Whoshotthesherrif (Anthony Thomas).

Racing close to the preferred outside rails, Roman brought his mount with a surging effort inside the final furlong to nab K D Flyer in the “glass”. Trained by Wayne DaCosta, Loose Ball won in a time of 1:00.2 and paid a huge $2,414 to win.

There was even a bigger upset on the day which happened in the 10th of the 11 races offered by the promoting company.

Salah, ridden by six-time champion jockey Omar Walker, came through horses in the stretch drive with a sweeping kick to win at compelling odds of 52-1.

Salah's victory came at the $850,000 - $800,000 claiming level over a distance of 7 furlongs, and is trained by Ryan Darby.

When the dividends were announced, Salah paid a whopping $2,691 for a $50 minimum winning ticket.


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