Horse Racing

TRACKING THE TWO-YEAR-OLDS: Encouraging first run by Without Exception

Full brother of She's A Maneater wins on debut

BY RUDDY ALLEN
Observer staff reporter

Friday, September 15, 2017

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Everyone at Caymanas Park waited with bated breath for the first appearance of Without Exception — the bay colt by Natural Selection — Ahwhofah, especially since he is the full brother to the brilliant filly She's A Maneater — this year's Triple Crown winner.

After some good, early-morning gallops, Without Exception made his debut on Saturday in a maiden special weight event for two-year-olds going five furlongs (1,000m) on the round course against seven rivals.

The Winston Kong-bred and owned Without Exception lived up to some of the expectations of his trainer Wayne DaCosta when he produced a strong run in deep stretch, outdistancing rivals to win the event by two and a half lengths.

With Omar Walker in the saddle, Without Exception wasn't the best to leave the starting gates, but the far-striding colt recovered nicely and went in chase of Commander Two (Javaniel Patterson) going around the half mile (800m).

Without Exception drew alongside Commander Two at the top of the lane and, after a short battle, he began to edge away in the final furlong (200m) for an emphatic victory in the end.

Best Advice (Hakeem Pottinger) finished second, Free Marie (Oneil Mullings) third, and Francine (Odeen Edwards) fourth. Commander Two finished second but was disqualified and placed out of the frame for causing interference to A Seh Soup going into the half mile (800m) turn.

Even though the final time for the event was a pedestrian 1:01.1 in wet and sloppy conditions, DaCosta believes that the debut run by Without Exception has raised confidence levels going forward.

“Well, it was a good performance. I mean, I am always satisfied with a win. The track was, unfortunately, very muddy this morning (Saturday) and Without Exception kept up to the task, seemingly liking the wet conditions, and won.

“He is a very nice two-year-old. He is not an outstanding one so far, but over the last month or so he has really improved, and we are hoping that he will continue improving and develop into a really good racehorse.

“Well, the first thing that must happen is to see how he (Without Exception) came out of the race, and when that assessment is made then we can start to plan for the future. It is always a wait and see game, especially with the young horses,” DaCosta said.

Without Exception's big sister made her debut on September 24, 2016 in a five-and-a-half furlong (1,100m) maiden race, finishing in a fast 1:05.3.

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