Horse Racing

I Am Di One — way above her colleague fillies at this time

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

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I Am Di One – a powerfully built filly by Adore The Gold It Is I , bred by Henry Jaghai — wrote herself into the Classic history of Jamaica when she cruised to victory by 3 lengths in the one-mile (1,600 metres) Jamaica 1000 Guineas at Caymanas Park on Saturday, April 13.

The Supreme Racing Guide supplies an analysis of the season's first Classic race in the order that the 12 horses in the race finished.

FIRST I AM DI ONE ( Adore The GoldIt Is I) – Proved beyond a doubt that she is possessed with class and for certain the ability to stay, making it rather difficult for her female peers to deal with her in the upcoming 10-furlong Jamaica Oaks and there are not many colts and geldings either who can effectively challenge her as well. She is that good! It is rare, very rare for a horse to win a Classic race the second time on the track and the manner in which I Am Di One dismissed seasoned rivals only underscores the vastness of her ability and the scary thing is that there is much more scope for improvement. It is going to be fascinating to follow her progress.

I Am Di One provided her trainer, Anthony Nunes, with his third 1000 Guineas victory and the first for jockey Simon Husbands.

Congratulations to all the connections of I Am Di One from The Supreme Racing Guide on a job well done.

SECONDLADY BLUE ( Blue Pepsi LodgeThe Vibes Lady) – Lost no marks in defeat. Lady Blue entered the 1000 as the winner of the Thornbird Stakes and was also the favourite in the race. Lady Blue ran true to form but came up against a horse the calibre and class of I Am Di One and simply could not manage. For Lady Blue, the Classic season may well be over as from now the races will get long and longer and she gives the direct impression that up to seven furlongs might be about the right distance for her. She will, however, go through the restricted classes, and who knows where she will eventual reach. Let us wait and see.

THIRD CASUAL DRINK ( Casual TrickZapata) – This was an unexpected but welcomed run by Casual Drink. This filly finished third in a Classic race after several lacklustre runs coming into last Saturday's engagement. The fact that Casual Drink may have passed some tired horses after the hot pace up front by the winner and the second place, is of little consequence as this must be a sign to her trainer that she is of worth and may need some time to get it all together. An encouraging 1000 Guineas run by Casual Drink which should be seen as a precursor of better things to come.

FOURTH ENVISAGED ( Fearless VisionAlpha Lupa) – This was a surprising finish by Envisaged, who was considered before the race to be one of the lesser lights, as she was only able to shed the maiden tag just a week before the running of the 1000. Envisaged came into this race as the underdog of the four Nunes' horses and apart from the winner, easily got the better of her more favoured stable companions. From day one, it was quite obvious that Envisaged would be more effective going long and she was running on better than most, albeit, against retreating horses but not many were. So Envisaged, might now be quite a workable quinella with I Am Di One in the Jamaica Oaks.

FIFTHPRINCESS ANNIE ( Northern GiantMillennium Princess) – Probably falls in the same category as Envisaged. Princess Annie showed only poor form entering the 1000 and the fact that she was able to earn should not go unnoticed. Princess Annie will earn again in the Oaks but again in the area of fifth or sixth. This was a run of hope by the filly.

SIXTH PRINCESS LAUREN ( Soul WarriorLipstick Lily) – Has promised much but simply could not handle the depth and class paraded in this year's 1000 Guineas. This is probably a time to reassess the future of Princess Lauren which maybe at this time is to get her through the various grades to see where Princess Lauren's is going to land.

SEVENTH PRINCESS AVA ( Mine Over Matter Exotic Selection) – Simply did not turn up on Saturday and was thoroughly outclassed. Again, it is a case of another horse in the 1000 Guineas whose career has to be looked at. Probably it is best to keep going in restricted company to find out what pans out.

EIGHTHCORAZON ( Blue Pepsi Lodge My Heartbeat) – Came into the 1000 Guineas as the most accomplished of the four runners from the stables of the leading trainer, Anthony Nunes, and overall for that matter. Corazon boasted a record of four wins from six starts and was voted as the top female two-year-old of last year. Yet, Corazon, after a brief appearance in the early stages of the one-mile event, was never a factor thereafter. Corazon may be better suited to distances below a mile but let's wait and see how she comes out of the race and what her trainer has in mind for the future. It is going to be very interesting following the progress of Corazon.

NINTHFORMAL FASHION ( Blue Pepsi Lodge Onemorefashion) – The only maiden of the 12 horses who participated in the 1000 and had the distinction of beating three winners. Formal Fashion will leave behind her maiden status shortly.

TENTH WINX CHOICE ( Forest Danger Hurricane Michelle) – Entered this Classic event with little chance and the hope is that Winx Choice has benefitted in some way from the excursion.

ELEVENTHSOUL CURE ( Soul WarriorSure To Cure) – The hope is that this filly would have picked up a thing or two running against her superiors for later endeavours.

TWELFTHSWEET LIKE SUGAR ( Traditional Trippys Greatstar) – A lot more was expected from this filly and to finish in the last position must be of some concern to the connections. One suspects that a lot of soul-searching will now be done by those who know her best.


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