Horse Racing

Trying with Locomotive

Observer writer

Friday, February 16, 2018

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The prospect of Locomotive campaigning in the 2018 native-bred three-year-old Classic racing season seems unlikely at this stage of his development.

Nonetheless, owner/breeder Michael Bernard is still hopeful that the chestnut son of Taqarub out of the imported mare Sure To Cure can turn his current form around and surprise his connections.

Locomotive made his debut as a three-year-old on January 27, but finished in fifth position going over five furlongs (1,000m) straight.

He looked better on his second three-year-old outing on Saturday (Feb 10, 2018) , and managed to beat quite a promising field of his age group going five-and-a-half furlongs (1,100m).

In spite of this, Bernard was not impressed with the quality of performance expected from Locomotive.

“It is good to see him winning, but the quality of the horse, I believe, is not the best based on [my] expectations. We imported the dam with a foal that is Sure Step, with the expectation that Sure To Cure would have given us something good, but we are yet to be impressed with her.

“At present we are not sure what to expect from Locomotive, as his two-year-old season was average. His first race, we thought that with a better ride he would have done better. However, since that time he has not been the soundest as well. So at this stage, what we get is what we'll have to take,” Bernard said.

Ridden by Anthony Thomas, Locomotive tracked the leaders from fourth position behind Aria (Omar Walker), Apollo Bay (Dick Cardenas) and stable companion Nuclear Dan Dada (Robert Halledeen) running the half-mile (800m) turn.

Turning for home, Nuclear Dan Dada hugged the inside rails with Locomotive on his outside, and they both accelerated from Aria and Apollo Bay. With the momentum floating Locomotive's way, the chestnut colt slipped away for a two-length win over Nuclear Dan Dada and Aria. The final time was 1:08.2.

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