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Saratoga Sight eyes ‘Ren’ Gonzalves Memorial Cup

BY RUDDY ALLEN
Observer staff reporter

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Saratoga Sight , after a disappointing run on last, gets another opportunity to set the record straight when he takes on rivals in the $1 million Reynold “Ren” Gonzalves Memorial Cup at Caymanas Park today.

Installed as the even money favourite in an Overnight Allowance event over seven furlongs (1,400m) on May 11, 2019, Saratoga Sight was expected to be a winner, but the one-eyed chestnut horse came in sixth place by 8 lengths behind Uncle Frank. Saratoga Sight was then promoted to fifth place after the disqualification of second past the post My Elle Belle.

Saratoga Sight, although facing Bruce Wayne, who had finished third in that same seven-furlong race before promoted to second place, should not get it right here in this small field of eight runners.

The Reynold “Ren” Gonzalves Memorial Cup, an Overnight Allowance event for three-year-olds and upward over 10 furlongs (2,000m), is the seventh event on the 10-race card and has a post time of 3:35 pm. First race is at noon.

With three runs thus far at the Overnight Allowance level, Saratoga Sight should have already been a winner, but instead failed to follow through. The Gary Subratie trainee, however, gets his easiest task at this level and now should easily put away rivals.

Saratoga Sight has worked brilliantly coming into this race, having gone 47.3 for four furlongs after he began cantering from the nine-furlong pole on Sunday morning. Leading rider, the in-form Christopher Mamdeen, replaces fellow apprentice Tevin Foster in the saddle.

The Anthony Nunes' Bruce Wayne should not be denied a chance in this trophy race based on previous runs. Bruce Wayne turned for home in seventh position on last by six lengths and managed to finish in third place by over four lengths, where Saratoga Sight was beaten into sixth place.

Bruce Wayne made up tremendous ground in deep stretch and now going 10 furlongs, which he should enjoy, the five-year-old bay gelding is sure to be in the thick of things. Champion jockey Anthony Thomas will ride.

Also deserving a look in is the Wayne DaCosta-trained Royal Vibes. Although finishing in 10th position by 11 lengths in that same May 11 seven-furlong event, Royal Vibes is much better going two-turns and with Phillip Parchment bang in form, should be in contention here.

Also on tap is the $800,000 Labour Day Trophy co-feature, a high claiming ($850,000-$800,000) event for three-year-olds and upward that also included native-bred three-year-old non-winners of four and imported three-year-old and upward non-winners of two, going over five furlongs (1000m) straight.

Three-year-old chestnut colt Custer to be ridden by Mamdeen is expected to easily brush aside rivals in this one. Talented Tony K and Armageddon are also expected to run well.