Corazon could resume winning ways with no trophy at stake

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

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With no trophy races on offer for today's 10-race mid-week card at Caymanas Park, the talented Anthony Nunes-conditioned Corazon seems set to grab the headlines, as she take on older horses for the first time in a Restricted Stakes event over six furlongs (1,200 metres).

The six-horse contest, which includes four foreigners, represents the toughest task to date for Corazon who was one of the top two-year-olds of last year; but the three-year-old filly will find these tolerable and should secure her first win for the season.

First post is 12:15 pm, with this event — slated as race number five on the card — set to go to post at 2:35 pm.

After registering three consecutive wins from as many starts, Corazon could only manage fourth behind Run Thatcher Run, Supreme Soul and Earn Your Stripes, in that order, in the Jamaica Two-Year-Old Stakes over a mile or 1,600 metres on Boxing Day last year.

But she has since been well prepared by Nunes coming into today's contest, and given her vast potential Corazon is expected to resume winning ways, making it four wins in five starts, as she continues preparation for this year's Classic races.

A 1:19.2 clocking for 1,300 metres on her second outing should be a clear indicator that Corazon, to be partnered by Robert Halledeen, will be more than comfortable with today's distance.

She's Symbolic, the other runner from the Nunes camp, is clearly in to make up numbers, as she is well out of her depth and will have to await easier assignments.

Trainers Ian Parsard and Gary Subratie also have two runners each installed in the line-up, with the former's Super Sparkle and Harry's Train likely to secure the minor placings behind Corazon.

Super Sparkle, who last graced the track on November 10, returns from the break with no form and very little to show on the exercise track. But she has shown good speed in the past and could set off in front with apprentice Romario Spencer causing some problems for the favourite with the cheek pieces on.

Harry's Train, on the other hand, ran well in defeat on December 22 when finishing third by a length behind Brandy and My Super Girl over a mile.

Even though her lone win to date came over nine furlongs and 25 yards, Harry's Train is not much of a sprinter neither is she a distance horse, but she has worked well coming into this and should complete the exacta here.

Subratie's Bold Aflair registered his first win from two starts in November last year when travelling six and a half furlongs (1,300 metres), clocking 1:21.2 — which is nowhere close to the 1:19.2 clocked by Corazon.

However, he has been coming along nicely and though even with the change of equipment Bold Aflair should be left behind, but his progress should be closely monitored as the season continues nevertheless.

Meanwhile, Bold Smile, also from the Subratie camp, has shown very little in her three starts to date and will be found wanting in present company, as the learning curve continues for her.

Ones to Watch

Race 1) Rambunctious Links/ El Cliente/Golden Bullet

Race 2) Mistrial/ Evasive Action/ Hot Water

Race 3) Super Bolt/Stanislaus/Prince Sammo

Race 4) Lazer Light/ Parajet/ Mrs Kim

Race 5) Corazon/ Harry's Train/ Bold Aflair

Race 6) Also Correct/ Court Call/Explosive Charge/Kunama

Race 7) Cherokee Way/Golden Emperor/Lala Diva

Race 8) Sacrifice/Black Point/ Pure Heart

Race 9) Sir Jhun Jhun Wala/Sergeant Reckless/El Profesor

Race 10) Powerofgiving/Twilight Storm/Let It Snow

— Sherdon Cowan

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