No sweat for Blue Vinyl
Blue Vinyl went for an afternoon stroll as he crushed competitors by an ever-increasing 21 lengths in the $1.4-million Mark My Word Trophy feature race at Caymanas Park on Saturday, in one of his finest performances to date.
Trained by Alford Brown and ridden Javaniel Patterson, Blue Vinyl broke well at the start and quickly took the lead going into the clubhouse turn and carried the field onto the main track ahead of Outbidder (Phillip Parchment), Gone A Negril (Youville Pinnock), and D Head Cornerstone (Dane Dawkins).
Blue Vinyl maintained his steady galloped well down the backstretch before he quickly pulled away from the field going into the half-mile (800m) turn. Although he was reminded by Patterson with a tap from the whip entering the straight, Blue Vinyl was able to essentially jog to the finish line without any competition.
The four-year-old chestnut colt Blue Vinyl won the Open Allowance contest for three-year-olds and upward over nine furlongs and 25 yards (1,820m) ahead of D Head Cornerstone and Miniature Man (Reyan Lewis). The Bern Identity offspring won in an astounding time of 1:54.2 (27.1 x 52.2 x 1:17.2 x 1:41.1).
Trainer Gary Griffiths and jockeys Raddesh Roman and Tevin Foster were not to be left out of the celebration as they won two races each on the nine-race card.
Griffiths saddled Exotic Light (Devon A Thomas) in the fifth race and Digital Light (Tevin Foster) in the eighth race. In addition to Digital Light, Foster won the ninth and final event aboard the Fitzgerald-trained Sir John for his double.
Roman’s winners were Rohan Kabir in the first race for trainer Oral Hayden and Bella Bella for trainer Dale Murphy.
Racing continues today with another nine-race programme. The feature event is the $1.25 million Errol “Big Sub” Subratie Memorial Cup. First post is at 12:15 pm.