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Nunes enters 9, DaCosta 5

Major juvenile encounter could decide trainers' championship between top two rivals

BY OBSERVER RACING WRITER

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

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The Jamaica Two-Year-Old Stakes — the richest juvenile race on the local racing calendar carrying a total purse of $4 million with approximately $2 million going to the owner of the eventual winner, is set for competition, on its usual date, Boxing Day (Wednesday, December 26, 2018).

Run over a mile (1,600 miles), the Supreme Ventures Limited-sponsored Jamaica Two-Year-Old Stakes is the third race in Two-Year-Old Triple Crown series.

There is going to be quite a bit of attention placed on this year's renewal of the Jamaica Two-Year-Old Stakes as it may well be the decider in the battle for the trainers' championship involving defending champion, Wayne DaCosta and the current leader Anthony Nunes especially being the richest race left for the year.

Nunes has provisionally entered nine horses led by the talented trio of Supreme Soul, Universal Boss and the filly Corazon. His other runners down to compete are the developing Earn Your Stripes, Juice Man, Toona Ciliata, Tricky One, Envisaged and Matriarch.

DaCosta is banking his chances on Run Thatcher Run, Rojorn Di Pilot, El Gringo, Riddim Up and Sir Ian Links.

Of the lot not trained by either Nunes or DaCosta, most interest surrounds the participation of the Enos Brown-trained Braeton Gigolo and Top Shelf — winner of the first race in the Two-Year-Old Triple Crown series who runs under the care of trainer Patrick Fong.

Interestingly, of the 23 horses entered, 13 are maidens.


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