Horse Racing


Observer writer

Friday, June 22, 2018

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Six -year-old Poker Star showed that he was slowly coming back to his best when he smartly shrugged off a late, determined bid from Soy El Señor to win the closing three-year-old and upward Overnight Allowance race by a lengths at Caymanas Park on Saturday last.

Poker Star (Omar Walker), the former sprint champion, led practically from gate to wire to knock some gathered dust off his shoulders as he landed gambit as the even money favourite.

The gelded son of Liquidity never veered from his one draw and after setting down the final 400 metres jaunt was only kept up to his work to hold off a challenge from Soy El Señor at the wire, returning to the winner's enclosure after the long layoff. It was Poker Star's first victory since landing the Lotto Sprint in the first half of 2016, — and he completed 1,200 metres in a tidy 1:13.0 in the full field of 16 runners.

Soy El Señor, with Dick Cardenas up as the 7/1 chance, pocketed $182,000 as second money from Sara Lee — the 5-1 chance who came running on under Aaron Chatrie to best Polly B for third money.

Leading trainer Wayne DaCosta was pleased to have one of his top money-earning runners back in training, and winning at that.

“It's always nice to have sound horses at your disposal, but what has been happening to Poker Star is that each time he goes into the starting stalls he has been kicking at the starting gates, and each time he goes in there and does this he ends up damaging himself.

“In fact, he chipped a bone about a year and a half ago and we had to give him a long rest. After the long rest we gave him, he seems to have come back fairly sound, but with Poker Star one never knows. But we always keep our fingers crossed, for with Poker Star one never knows,” he emphasised, adding “We hope he will remain sound.”

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