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She's A Maneater targets immortality in ultra-rich Diamond Mile

BY RUDDY ALLEN
Observer staff reporter
ruddya@jamaicaobserver.com

Saturday, November 09, 2019

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The brilliant five-year-old bay mare She's A Manaeter, who has already touched many lives across the globe, will have the opportunity to touch a few more when she lines up in the fifth staging of the ultra-rich US$115,000 ($13.487-million) Diamond Mile at Caymanas Park today.

A lot has been written and said about the record-setting She's A Maneater who, in the space of a 29-race career, has soared above all anticipated heights and has exceeded mortal expectations.

The fact that She's A Maneater won the 2017 Triple Crown (1,000 Guineas, the Jamaica Derby, and the Jamaica St Leger) would have been more than enough to secure a special place in the record books, but when you add the Superstakes and the Diamond Mile all in the same year, then you are approaching hallowed ground.

As if that was not enough for this remarkable thoroughbred, She's A Maneater proceeded to raise the bar to new and unimaginable loftiness as she completed two more wins in the Superstakes, making a perfect three-from-three on the trot. These accomplishments opened a pristine new page in racing history, which even learned scribes are finding difficult to assess and quite daunting to place in proper context.

With the 2017 Triple Crown glory, the 2017 Diamond Mile triumph, and three consecutive Superstakes (2017-2019) in the bag, She's A Maneater again has history on her side as 15 horses and a mile (1,600m) are all that stand in her way of immortality in local thoroughbred racing.

However, it won't be as easy task for She's A Maneater as she faces for the first time, the undefeated American-bred stable companion Stranger Danger in what is expected to be a titanic clash of the two top horses in training at present.

Stranger Danger, who is arguably the best horse present at the track, has racked up nine consecutive wins on his way to the top and he has done it without the minimum of any fuss whatsoever.

Though the race appears to be a battle between She's A Maneater and Stranger Danger, there are the improving three-year-old Toona Ciliata, 2019 Triple Crown winner Supreme Soul and Caribbean Sprint Champion Another Bullet, who have the capacity to create a scare.

Sponsored by the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission and Supreme Ventures Limited (SVL), the Grade One Diamond Mile is positioned as the second to last event on the 13-race card, with a post time of 5:00 pm. First race has a post time of 10:15 am.

She's A Maneater is without a doubt the undisputed queen of local racing. Her racing record for this season is six wins from seven starts and earnings of over $7.35 million. She's A Maneater's only defeat came on April 20 from the hoofs of Another Bullet in the Lady Geeta Trophy over six furlongs (1,200m).

From that defeat, She's A Maneater has been visibly and by way of performances a different horse in romping to five consecutive wins. She's A Maneater has now developed the tendency to be earlier in her races, instead of always coming from behind. Her last win was on October 6 in the Superstakes and she was at her brilliant best, as she put her six rivals in their place with a clocking of 2:05.2 for 10 furlongs (2,000m), winning by almost four lengths.

Going a mile is even better for her, especially with her pace and ability to finish strong. She's A Maneater is going for her second win in the Diamond Mileand based on her exercise gallops, she is in a no-nonsense mood.

The horse that got tongues wagging and chanting is Stranger Danger. The Wayne DaCosta trainee has so far conquered all before him and now meets his stable companion She's A Maneater for the first time. Stranger Danger is six from six this season, with his last two runs being ultra-impressive.

Going 10 furlongs for the first time on September 14, competing in the Governor General's Stakes, Stranger Danger turned the race into a possession as he defeated Bigdaddykool (now deceased) by 5 lengths in a time of 2:06.4 after being eased down from about a furlong and half (300m) out.

If that wasn't impressive enough then his win in the Invitational Mile on October 6 was something to behold as it was breathtaking. Stranger Danger defeated rivals by eight lengths in a time of 1:36.3, setting a new Stakes Record for the event. Stranger Danger's engine was turned off in the last furlong. A mile is probably the ideal trip for Stranger Danger, who should again be at his fighting best to deal with the talent of She's A Maneater. Stranger Danger has every possible chance of making it 10 from 10 in the Diamond Mile.

Toona Ciliata seems to be the rising star among the three-year-olds at this time. He finished second behind She's A Maneater in the recent Superstakes. Toona Ciliata demonstrated that he is on the rise and is ready for duty in the Diamond Mile. Going a mile, he is likely to be more effective than running 10 furlongs, as he has the pace and the stamina to launch a successful bid in the last two furlongs.

In truth, the ability of the jockey is always a huge factor. A rider with a combination of skill, intelligence, experience, and physical strength can often change the result of a race at any given time, and Dane Nelson is such an individual as seen when he used his skill sets to pilot She's A Maneater to victory in 2017.

A tough, experienced jockey can lead his horse on the shortest trip around the track and help him steal a win over the fastest horse. An intelligent jockey can assess the field, judge the pace, hold his charge together until the last moment, and steal the victory at the end. This being the case, the connections will be hoping that Toona Ciliata will prevail when Nelson climbs aboard.

After winning the St Leger and completing Triple Crown glory in July, Supreme Soul has raced twice at the top level and both times he has been completely out of sorts. It was later revealed that Supreme Soul bled in those two races, thereby accounting for his poor efforts. This is a talented and still-improving three-year-old, whose last two runs should be discarded, as he is going to run a much better race in the Diamond Mile.

S upreme Soul is set to represent Jamaica in the upcoming Caribbean Classic in early December and if he is to perform up to scratch in that more competitive event, then he must run his shoes off here. Supreme Soul races for the first time with the visors on.

Another Bullet has had a truly magnificent season this year, culminating with a profound victory in the Caribbean Sprint Championship. Despite his years, Another Bullet has developed into a rugged and true Grade One horse, who holds no quarter. A mile is not the ideal trip for this horse, but his versatility knows no bounds even at this stage in his career.

His trainer Patrick Lynch is currently enjoying a rich vein of form and as such Another Bullet has been painstakingly prepared for the Diamond Mile and should be given every respect.

Ones to watch:

Race 1) JamalJames/Smokey Toppaz/Necromancer

Race 2) Lovely Day/Vikuna/Lazer Light

Race 3) Key Witness/Sandori/Storm Valley

Race 4) Kiah/Thepowersthatbe/Belligerent King

Race 5) Graydon/Bad Boy Trump/Innovator

Race 6) Musketoon/Luana/Also Correct

Race 7) Wow Wow/Nipster/Sencity

Race 8) Treasure Train/Smarty Tradition/Donald Trog

Race 9) Talented Tony K/Azaria/Radical

Race 10) Okahumpka/Twilight Eruption/Blood Song

Race 11) American Invader/Lady Blue/Corazon

Race 12) She's A Maneater/Stranger Danger/Toona Ciliata

Race 13) Yetagain/My Little Princess/Outrageous


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