The 'Danger' is real

Observer staff reporter

Thursday, May 16, 2019

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W hile Summer Sun, Wayne DaCosta's American-bred gelding, produced a strong run in deep stretch to beat rivals in the fourth running of the $900,000 Simply Magic Cup feature at Caymanas Park yesterday, the attention of punters was mainly trained on another United States importee, Stranger Danger .

Stranger Danger, also a DaCosta inmate, racing for the sixth time, made it six wins from six starts after romping home in the top-rated Open Allowance event over 6 furlongs (1,300m).

Ridden by Omar Walker, Stranger Danger defeated Another Vigorous by seven lengths with Hilly's Halo finishing in the third slot another 1 1/2 lengths behind Another Vigorous. The recorded time was 1:18.2 after splits of 22.3 x 45.0 and 1:10.4.

Allowing weight to all his five rivals, Stranger Danger stayed with the leaders Hilly's Halo (Anthony Thomas) and Another Vigorous (Christopher Mamdeen) after the gates were opened. This trio entered the straight next to each other before Stranger Danger pulled away in a stiff headwind to score his win. Stranger Danger is now qualified to race in the top grade.

Summer Sun, after racing in second position at the off, was taken off the pace into fourth place entering the main track by the in-form Phillip Parchment in the nine furlongs and 25 yards (1,820m) cup race before Parchment, sticking to the shortest route on the rails, made his move leaving the half-mile (800m) and came with a strong run in deep stretch to beat Tricky One (Christopher Mamdeen) and long-time leader Roy Rogers (Raddesh Roman) by two lengths.

Summer Sun, owned by Carlton Watson, ran the distance in 1:58.4 with splits 26.2, 50.3, 1:15.0 and 1:43.1 and this win was his first victory on local soil.

DaCosta's had two winners on the card, so too trainer Ian Parsard and apprentices Christopher Mamdeen and Reyan Lewis.

Parsard and Mamdeen teamed up with Resurgence to win the first race over five furlongs round and Berry Boy in the ninth race over nine furlongs and 25 yards.

Lewis's winners were Vice Royalty in the seventh race for trainer Junior Small and Eye Candy in the 10th for trainer Steven Todd.

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