Horse Racing

Secret Traveller in romp

Observer writer

Friday, July 20, 2018

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After scoring a fighting win on last in high claiming ($550,000-$500,000), Secret Traveller showed tremendous improvement in a teasing front-running display to dispatch a good field of Overnight Allowance runners going nine furlongs and 25 yards (1,820m) at Caymanas Park on Saturday (July 14, 2018).

Ridden by Dick Cardenas, Secret Traveller is a four-year-old bay gelding by Traditional out of Sea Traveller ( Law Of The Sea) bred by Marcos Dabdoub and trained by Patrick Lynch for owner Houston Stables.

Sent off at odds of 7-2, Secret Traveller led from the start and won with much in hand to take the event by 4 lengths in a time of 1:58.3 with dictating fractions of 27.0, 51.3, 1.16.2. Secret Traveller pocketed $546,000 as the winner's share of the $1,000,000 purse.

Superluminal, a six-year-old bay horse owned by the PJK Team and trained by Ian Parsard, came running under a bustling ride by Oneil Mullings from far back at odds of 5/2 to peg back the long-time stalking 8/5 chance Uncle Taf — trained by Owen Sharpe, who is also a part-owner with Solomon Sharpe — for second money.

The front-running exploit of Secret Traveller left Cardenas quite satisfied.

“I am quite pleased with the performance. I was instructed to get a good break and get to the front. I was not challenged and we came back an easy winner. He is quite a versatile type as he could have come from behind and still get the job done. At present he feels in good shape and could step up to a higher level and also perform well,” Cardenas offered.

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