Horse Racing

Corazon impresses in Restricted Stakes win

Thursday, January 24, 2019

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As expected, the Anthony Nunes-trained Corazon, piloted by Robert Halledeen, returned to winning ways with an impressive seasonal bow against older horses including foreigners in the highlight event on yesterday's 10-race mid-week card at Caymanas Park.

The talented three-year-old filly's showing on the exercise track was very much justified in the performance which saw her winning by an increasing seven-and-a-quarter lengths in a smart time of 1:12.4 minutes for the six-furlong (1,200-metre) Restricted Stakes event. The splits were a flat 23.0 seconds for the first quarter and 45.4 seconds for the half-mile.

She's Symbolic with apprentice Raddesh Roman came on strongly to complete the one-two finish for Nunes in the race which saw trainers Ian Parsard and Gary Subratie, also saddling two runners each in the six-horse field.

The Parsard-trained pair of Harry's Train (Omar Walker up) and Super Sparkle (Romario Spencer) were third and fourth, respectively.

Corazon, who ended as one of the top two-year-olds of last year, was expected to face her sternest task to date, following a fourth-place finish in the Jamaica Two-Year-Old Stakes over a mile or 1,600 metres on Boxing Day.

However, the bay filly ( Blue Pepsi Lodge — My Heartbeat by Homing Instinct) was in no mood to mess about and was quickly settled in third position after coming away well from the number six draw.

Bold Aflair (Dane Dawkins up) and Super Sparkle occupied the first two positions, opening up a half-length lead until they left the half-mile mark.

Halledeen then asked Corazon to make a move and the filly came through to take the lead and quickly opened up a two-length lead before sprinting away from rivals in the stretch run.

Meanwhile, champion trainer Wayne DaCosta registered his first win for the year when his charge Rambunctious Links with champion jockey Anthony Thomas in the saddle, won a $250,000 claiming event for the Clifford Stewart Memorial Cup over six furlongs.

Apprentice Christopher Mamdeen was the top jockey on the day with two winners, which propelled him to the top of the standings with six wins, same as Trevor Simpson.

— Sherdon Cowan

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