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Hot prospects for Sir Howard, Hotline Stakes races

Saturday, February 24, 2018

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The campaign for the upcoming native-bred three-year-old Classic races has stepped up a notch with the 23rd running of the Sir Howard Stakes and the 24th running of the Hotline Stakes features at Caymanas Park today.

The Sir Howard Stakes is for colts and geldings while the Hotline Stakes is for fillies. These races are for non-winners of two events and both will run over six furlongs (1,200m) for identical purses of $1.1 million. Newport Mills Limited, a member of the Caribbean Broilers Group of Companies (CB), through their premier horse feed product Front Runners, is the sponsor for the events.

Also on the 11-race card will be the first running of the Lloyd Lindberg “Lindy” Delapenha Memorial Trophy, to be run in honour of the legendary Jamaican footballer, golfer and broadcaster, who was also passionate about horseracing as an analyst, commentator and punter.

The Lloyd Lindberg “Lindy” Delapenha Memorial Trophy is an Overnight Allowance event for three-year-olds and upward and will be run over a mile (1,600m) for a purse of $1 million. First post is set for approximately 11:50 am.

The Hotline Stakes is set as the penultimate call of the programme, and here a number of late-blooming runners are given further opportunities to display emerging latent talents for probable Classic consideration.

This is not a particularly distinguished bunch of runners, but among them are worthwhile propects Lici's Pepsi, Sergeant Reckless, Fashionista, Band Of Angel, Yaya's Dream and Breezy Adlih.

The Philip Feanny-prepared Sergeant Reckless has already taken care of Yaya's Dream and Lici's Pepsi in her second run at five and a half furlongs (1,100m). This was after failing on debut to hold on to her gallop against Fayrouz with Lici's Pespi finishing third in that race. That second run was inviting, although easing down at the wire. Now let us see how instructive is her third run over a distance that is a shade longer.

Sergeant Reckless's exercise report is not much to write home about other than she looks to be ahead of stablemate Storm Born, who has already won over today's distance in a reasonably good time of 1:13.3 on debut. On her second outing over the distance, Storm Born was beaten by Marquesas and Brandy.

Sergeant Reckless having the upper hand in their exercise spins says much for both of these entrances for trainer Feanny. Fashionista, from the stables of Anthony Nunes and Disability Charm, trained by Patrick Lynch, are also live contenders.

Two races earlier the corresponding Sir Howard Stakes will run, where the winner should come from Drone Strike, JamalJames and Adonis. Of note, JamalJames, making his second start in the Stewards Cup maiden event on December 30 of last year, looked a good one in the making with quite an attractive run for victory, albeit a five-furlong (1,000m) round dash.

In his opening salvo, the Fitzroy Glispie-bred, -owned and -trained chestnut gelding led for a long way going six and a furlongs (1,300m) before seeming to hit a brick wall close to home and ended losing by 4 1/2 lengths to filly Band Of Gold, who will run in the filly's section.

JamalJames is bred for the distance and beyond and with his dam She's Traditional being a Classic winner, the Blue Pepsi Lodge will surely prove competitive among these.

Drone Strike is another who will thoroughly enjoy this trip, having opened his winning account over same against recent winner El Profesor and Fashionisa, after closing fast to win by a short head when ridden by Shane Ellis.

Adonis, trained by Anthony Nunes, is another one of considerable note. Adonis released his maiden tag over the five-straight (1,000m) course on January 27, winning by over three lengths in 1:00.0. With that run, he will be even fitter for this and should play his part here.

Dontae, Lottery Ticket, Superluminal, Hover Craft, Timeforarms and imported five-year-old mare Sheyn Vi Di Levone, running for the first time on local soil, should fight for top honours in the inaugural Lloyd Lindberg “Lindy” Delapenha Memorial Trophy call.

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