Horse Racing

Patriarch the number one in Cash Pot

Observer staff reporter

Sunday, October 15, 2017

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Patriarch, running from gate number one, earned position number one at the end of the Cash Pot 'Only One For Me' Trophy race yesterday at Caymanas Park.

As expected, it was a ding-dong battle between Patriarch and Another Vigorous in the 13th running of the $3.25- million event, but Patriarch, the Anthony Nunes-trained bay colt, went in front and, despite a spirited stretch run by Another Vigorous, was able to withstand the challenge to win by three parts of a length in the six-furlong (1,200 metres) event.

Patriarch, a 10-length winner on debut, shot straight to the lead from the gates opened and quickly opened up a comfortable lead on the field headed by Commander Two (Aaron Chatrie) followed by Another Vigorous (Dane Dawkins).

Entering the stretch drive, Patriarch was still under a tight hold from jockey Dick Cardenas with Another Vigorous looming on his outside, and the battle for supremacy then developed in the straight.

Cardenas kept his mount well balanced and Patriarch found that extra bit of class and edged away for an emphatic victory in the end. Another Vigorous did nothing wrong; however, he was defeated by the better horse on the day.

Greek Goddess (Oneil Mullings), one of three maidens in the Graded Stakes event, came on strong in the final stages of the race to finish just over five lengths in third.

Bred and also part-owned by Elias Haloute along with Stephan Narinesingh, Patriarch ( Casual TrickElectrifying), after setting splits 22.2 and 45.4, stopped the clock in 1:12.0 on a fast, wet racing surface.

It was the first time in the history of this race that Nunes was saddling the winner.

“Obviously I am elated for this victory. Another Vigorous is a very good horse and with two really good horses running down the stretch, that is what everybody wants to see and I am just lucky enough to get out on top this time,” he said.

It was the second winner on the card for Nunes as he earlier saddled A.P.I (Wesley Henry) in the fifth race over the five-furlong (1,000m) straight course. Cardenas also closed out a double after he had guided Zackontheattack to victory in the fourth race.

Champion trainer Wayne DaCosta saddled three winners on the 11-race programme. DaCosta was successful in the first race with Brandy (Oneil Mullings), the third race with Queen Of Bagdad (Jerome Innis), and in the eighth race with Hover Craft (Phillip Parchment).

The Cash Pot 'Only One For Me' Trophy was the first leg of the Supreme Ventures Limited (SVL) 'Two-Year-Old Triple Crown' Series. The second leg is scheduled for November 25 with the running of Pick 3 Super Challenge Trophy over seven furlongs (1,400m) for a purse of $3.6 million, with the third on December 26 (Boxing Day) with the running of the $4-million SVL Two-Year-Old Stakes over a mile (1,600m).

Racing continues tomorrow, Heroes' Day, with the running of the famed Gold Cup over seven furlongs (1,400m).




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