Jordon Reign's the one to beat in Reggae Trophy feature
Jordon Reign's

JORDON Reign's, the talented and improving American-bred runner from the stables of Ian Parsard who was a winner of his last two races, can complete the trifecta with a victory in the $1.5-million Reggae Trophy feature race today.

Jordon Reign's takes on six rivals in a three-year-old and upwards Graded Stakes/Open Allowance run going five furlongs (1,000m) straight. The Mosler – Dearie Be Good offspring's last win came in the Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame Stakes Trophy over six furlongs (1,100m), beating fancied Lure of Lucy and Duke.

Jordon Reign's is more than comfortable against these, with his last effort over the straight course being on April 3 of this year when he finished fourth. That run was when Jordon Reign's was coming off a long break but since then a new Jordon Reign's has emerged.

With a hot pace anticipated here Jordon Reign's is sufficiently gifted to be close to the leader(s) before striking. Dick Cardenas remains in the saddle.

Go Deh Girl

The four-year-old bay colt will have stable companion She's A Wonder for company here, making sure that everything goes to plan. She's A Wonder, last year's 1000 Guineas and Jamaica Oaks victor, was an impressive winner over seven and a half furlongs (1,500m) at the Overnight Allowance level when last at the race track. She's A Wonder should not find this trip too sharp and from a level break has a good chance of triumph, especially with the Derby-winner jockey Dane Dawkins in the irons.

The Reggae Trophy is positioned as the ninth event on the 10-race card with a post time of 4:50 pm. First race gets galloping off at high noon.

Champion trainer Anthony "Baba" Nunes saddles three runners in the race, seeking to upstage the favourite here. Kay Boy, Go Deh Girl and Curlin's Affair will carry the flag for the three-time defending conditioner.

Kay Boy notched his last two wins over the straight course but has yet to run a quality race since coming to the Overnight level. Kay Boy has been soaking in the Overnight atmosphere — but stpeping up here at the top grade he is certainly going to be left behind despite the presence of Shane Ellis.

She's A Wonder (Photos: Observer file)

Go Deh Girl finished out of the frame behind Jordon Reign's in the Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame Stakes Trophy on July 16. Go Deh Girl's last win came over the straight course when she defeated God of Love and Duke. The four-year-old dark bay filly has been training well and another lively effort is expected here as Tevin Foster once again has the leg up.

Curlin's Affair came from dead last to finish third behind Mahogany in the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission (BGLC) Trophy over five and a half furlongs (1,100m) on August 1. If he can repeat that strong run then Curlin's Affair can be the spoiler. Chris Mamdeen takes over from Reyan Lewis as pilot .

Duke, trained by back-to-back Derby-winner conditioner Gary Subratie, and Laban, conditioned by hall of famer Richard Azan, completes the field of seven runners.

Duke is a consistent runner who was third behind Jordon Reign's in the Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame Stakes Trophy. With the winner present, Duke might have to settle for a minor placing once again. In this the Reggae Trophy Duke is best served by staying behind the leader (s) and then making his effort to win when they hit the main track. Interestingly, the bustling Phillip Parchment has the ride on Duke.

Laban ran no race behind Mahogany in the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission (BGLC) Trophy when fancied. Laban should run a better race among these coming from off the pace. Note, Laban races with the figure 8 on.

Ones to watch

Race 1) The Nextbigting/Kunama/Pure Heart

Race 2) Anngelos/Jolly's Dream/Toughness

Race 3) Run Jaya Run/Plutologist/JNR Jones

Race 4) Fresh Cash/Broken Light/Diligent

Race 5) Lala Diva/Balazo/City Counsel

Race 6) Charmin Beauty/Thegoodlife/Sure Curlin

Race 7) She's My Destiny/Best Daughter Ever/True Al Sky

Race 8) Funometer/Fearless Fire/Lord Burkington

Race 9) Jordon Reign's/She's A Wonder/Go Deh Girl

Race 10) Oldkingcole/Johncrowjeff/Midnight Blue

BY RUDDY ALLEN Observer staff reporter ruddya@jamaicaobserver.com

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