She's A Maneater nips Will In Charge in Legal Light

…as Anthony Nunes achieves historic 1000th winner

Observer staff reporter

Sunday, May 19, 2019

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“Maneater , Maneater” was the shout of many of those present at Caymanas Park yesterday, as She's A Maneater and Horse of the Year Will In Charge were locked in a titanic battle for the entire stretch drive of two furlongs, as the two top-rated horses in the land fought for supremacy in the Legal Light Trophy run over nine furlongs and 25 yards.

She's A Maneater, buoyed by a change of whip hands from her jockey Omar Walker, was able to nip Will In Charge (Robert Halledeen) in the bud at the wire to win her second race for the year.

In what was a fitting tribute to the outstanding thoroughbred Legal Light, She's A Maneater clocked a new Stakes record time of 1:154.2 to erase the old mark of 1:54.4 held by Will In Charge.

Third went to Bigdaddykool racing for the first time this year. The winning margins were a neck by 4 lengths.

When the gates opened it was Will In Charge and Superluminal who contested for the lead. Down the backstretch Halledeen pushed Will In Charge ahead, with She's A Maneater and Bigdaddykool lurking behind. Then came the stretch run and the joy of thoroughbred racing competition was felt by a packed house at the Park. She's A Maneater is trained by Wayne DaCosta and owned by Ian Kong.

Starting his training career in 1994, Nunes reached his milestone in the second race after Halledeen brought his charge Y etagain from behind to win a maiden special weight event for native-bred three-year-old colts and geldings over 5 furlongs (1000m) round.

Nunes is now fifth on the all-time trainer's list. DaCosta leads the way with 2172 winners, Philip Feanny (2018), Allan Williams (1,120), and Kenneth Mattis (1,070) as trainers to have won 1000 or more races.

“It only came to my attention on 998 when the racing office told me about it. Obviously we wanted to get it over with as soon as possible and after 999, I was hoping to get it out of the way early — and today (Saturday) I am thankful that we did,” Nunes said.

She's A Maneater was the second winner on the card for DaCosta and Walker, as they earlier teamed up to win with Rojorn Di Pilot in the first race over 5 furlongs (1,000m) on the round course.

Also with two winners were trainer Richard Azan, jockey Bebeto Harvey, and apprentices Reyan Lewis and Christopher Mamdeen.

Azan and Harvey teamed up to win with Axle Rod in the fourth race and Honey Ryda in the 10th.

Lewis' winners were Timeforacat in the sixth race for owner/trainer Anthony Ferguson, and Isotope in the eighth race for breeder/owner/trainer Carl Anderson. Timeforacat finished second but was later awarded the race after first-by-the-post Laguna Point was disqualified.

Mamdeen was successful aboard Mystic Mamma in the seventh race for trainer Phillip Elliott, and Sir JhunJhun Wala in the ninth race for trainer Howard Jaghai.

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