Mamma Mia for Pick3 Super Challenge Trophy
Mamma Mia (Robert Halledeen) easily wins the 18th running of the $3.25-million Cash Pot "Only One For Me" Trophy, the main attraction on the 11-race card at Caymanas Park on Saturday, October 29, 2022. (Photo: Observer file)

MAMMA Mia, without question, has shown herself to be a cut above her opponents and could land win number two in the ultra-rich Supreme Ventures Limited (SVL)-sponsored Two-Year-Old Triple Crown series when she lines up in the second leg of the series — the $3.6-million Pick3 Super Challenge Trophy over seven furlongs (1,400m) at Caymanas Park today.

Mamma Mia has won both of her races from the front by a total of 4 3/4 lengths, demonstrating her fighting abilities. Mamma Mia defeated Mojito by 3 1/2 lengths over five furlongs (1,000 m) on the round course on October 16 in a time of 1:01.0. The second win was more impressive as the chestnut filly fought off Mojito for the second-consecutive time by a length and a quarter in the Cash Pot "Only One For Me" Trophy — the first leg of the Two-Year-Old Triple Crown series of races on October 29.

Given such pleasing performances, Mamma Mia is expected to start as the deserved favourite to take this trophy race and register her third-consecutive win from as many starts. She is sufficiently talented to lead or come from behind. It is going to take a supreme performance by a rival to deny the Jason DaCosta-trained Mamma Mia from taking this Pick3 trophy.

The native-bred two-year-old Restricted Stakes event, going seven furlongs (1,400m), is positioned as the seventh event on the 10-race card with a post time of 3:00 pm. First post is at 11:20 am.

In this field of seven runners Mamma Mia has beaten four of her rivals thus far. She has accounted for stablemates She's Myhedgefund and Thalita along with Durocell, trained by Patrick Fong, and Legit Boss trained by Anthony Nunes so turning the tables on Mamma Mia here will be a difficult task for them.

Mamma Mia (Soul Warrior–Princess Geeta) is bred to get a distance of ground and, given her potential, she can achieve her goal of winning three in a row. She has done more than what is expected of her so far in her career as DaCosta has been pressing the right buttons.

Awesome Anthony, from the barn of Patrick Taylor, is expected to do well in this race. The chestnut colt was very impressive when releasing the maiden tag on September 24, going five furlongs round, then Awesome Anthony won by a huge margin of 10 1/4 lengths in 1:00.1. However, he has been away for a while and will provide issues on the headlines.

Despite being soundly beaten by Mamma Mia, both Durocell and Thalita should provide better competition.

Ones to watch:

Race 1) Bern Notice/Ras Emanuel/Kay Boy

Race 2) Sure Curlin/Snowflakes/Tiz Dancer

Race 3) Taurus Boy/Magical Mood/Ring Charmer

Race 4) War of The Roses/Sir Frederick/Kunama

Race 5) Never On A Sunday/Ooh So Long/Another Wave

Race 6) Oldkingcole/Versatile Vision/Mister Mandate

Race 7) Mamma Mia/Durocell/Thalita

Race 8) Prncsshootingstar/Talona/Lacrimae

Race 9) She’s Fantastic/Nefertari/Love Dub

Race 10) She’s Hall Dat/Edina Marsh/True Rylie

BY RUDDY ALLEN Staff reporter ruddya@jamaicaobserver.com

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