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Time and patience pay off for Bilingual

Observer staff reporter

Friday, October 06, 2017

Patience and consistency paid off for the connections of Bilingual , as the Anthony Nunes- trained filly easily picked up a $930,000 Restricted Stakes event at Caymanas Park last Saturday.

The winner of three races, Bilingual was full of promise coming into the three-year-old Classic races, especially the races for fillies, until a minor injury hampered her progress at the end of the Jamaica Oaks over 10 furlongs (2,000m) on April 29.

She returned five months later in a quick dash of five-and-a-half furlongs (1,100m), only to finish second behind Loose Cannon in a quick 1:05.4.

Perhaps that was why bettors sent her off as the firm 1-5 favourite in the one-mile (1,600m) event on Saturday. The Fearless Vision chestnut filly didn't disappoint as she picked up the lead turning for home and ran out a comfortable two lengths over Western Warrior.

Nunes, who saddled four starters in the 11-horse field, saw Dontae finish fourth ahead of Sarah Lee in fifth.

“It was good. It was a nice performance by Bilingual. Western Warrior got a speed-favouring track, but we had the little filly [ Follow Back A Me] in there that carried him ( Western Warrior) and that made it a little easier for Bilingual to come forward.

“After the Jamaica Oaks, where she got beaten by 12 lengths, we were wondering that yes, she got beaten by a nice filly Marlene My Love, but we had thought that she would have run better but she came out of the race with a quarter-inch crack on her left hoof. We needed to give her time to grow it out and get her back sound and healthy, and so far so good,” Nunes told The Supreme Racing Guide.

Panamanian jockey Dick Cardenas tracked the pace in fourth on Bilingual behind fractions set by Western Warrior (Oneil Mullings) and the hard-pressing Follow Back A Me (Wesley Henry).

Bilingual was still fourth headed past the six-furlong (1,200m) point in the race, but when Cardenas asked for the decisive effort she rounded horses and went in chase of the leader, motoring past the half-mile (800m).

With that momentum, Bilingual caught up with Western Warrior at the top of the lane before she went on her merry way, winning in emphatic fashion.