Imperious Atomica explodes to cop Overnight Allowance contest
Atomica (Dane Dawkins) easily wins the $1.14-million Labour Day Trophy feature race at Caymanas Park on Tuesday, May 23, 2023. (Photo: Naphtali Junior)

MARQUEE race, the $1.14-million Labour Day Trophy, turned out to be a walk in the park for 1-5 favourite Atomica who strode away imperiously to win the Overnight Allowance contest in encouraging style on Tuesday's nine-race card at Caymanas Park.

Atomica, bred by Nuclear Wayne-Honkeytonville and who was having her second appearance this season, controlled the race from start to finish, winning comfortably by 10 1/2 lengths in an excellent time of 1:24.4 for seven furlongs (1,400m).

With champion jockey Dane Dawkins aboard for owner Oakridge Farms and trainer Gary Subratie, Atomica coupled up nicely on the inside rails and took command of the race approaching the six-furlong (1,200m) mark, ahead of Regal and Royal (Ohane Nugent), Champion Bubbler (Omar Walker), and Green Gold Rush (Sadiki Blake).

Atomica maintained a comfortable lead over her competitors as she approached the half-mile (800m) turn where she increased the tempo while remaining under a tight wrap. As she approached the distance Atomica, who was in cruise control mode, extended her strides and opened up daylight on her adversaries.

With no competitors coming forward in the stretch Atomica accelerated and drove home effortlessly, Dane Dawkins literally immovable in the saddle. Perfect Brew (Tevin Foster) finished second, ahead of Green Gold Rush who finished third. The race splits were 24.1 x 46.4 x 1:10.4.

Reyan Lewis was among the riders with two victories. The current leading reinsman won the second race aboard Sudden Flight for newly certified trainer Gregg Fennell, and the fourth race with Money Miser for breeder, owner, and trainer Fitzroy Glispie. Fennell was enjoying his first career victory.

Captain Marlon Brown, a freshly licensed trainer, also saddled his first career victory with Avenging Angel (Matthew Bennett) in the opening race.

Racing continues on Saturday.

BY RUDDY ALLEN Staff reporter

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