Anna Lisa takes URTAJ Trophy

Sunday, November 18, 2018

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Anna Lisa produced a strong turn of foot in deep stretch to beat rivals by a 1 1/4 lengths in the United Racehorse Trainers' Association of Jamaica (URTAJ) Trophy feature at Caymanas Park yesterday.

Well ridden by apprentice Jordon Barrett, Anna Lisa hit another gear inside the last furlong (200m) and blew past Azaria (Christopher Mamdeen).

Jacko Links (Daniel Satchell) finished third in the Restricted Stakes event over nine furlongs and 25 yards (1,820m).

She's Symbolic (Raddesh Roman) and Azaria vied for the lead followed by Graydon, as Anna Lisa laboured at the back.

Nearing the six-furlong (1,200m) point Graydon challenged for the lead and eventually took over at the half mile, with Harry's Train just a neck away on his outside. At that point, Anna Lisa was second to last position and looking quite hopeless.

Turning for home with several horses in with a chance, Azaria picked up the lead at the furlong pole and looked strong, but Barrett produced Anna Lisa who accelerated on the outside for the win. The winning time was 1:56.2.

Dick Cardenas rode a three-timer to make inroads into Anthony Thomas' lead in the race for the jockey's crown.

Cardenas won aboard Unbreakable in the second race and Universal Boss in the Stewards' Cup for trainer Anthony Nunes, and Friendly Neighbour in the sixth for trainer Carl Anderson.

Cardenas, who is on 78 winners, is only seven wins behind Thomas who is on 85 winners. Thomas had one winner on the day — Lady Jaela in the first race.

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