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By Lance Whittaker September 13, 2019

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     The super horse She’s A Maneater emphatically toppled the ICool Juice Drink Superstakes field on Sunday under jockey Omar Walker to record her third consecutive win in the JA$6 Million (US$45,000) event at Jamaica’s Caymanas Park.

    As the hot 1-5 favourite, Wayne DaCosta’s five year-old mare took control coming off the final bend and won by 3-3/4 lengths to become only the third horse – and first filly -- in the 41-year history of the event to win three years in a row. The 51-1 outsider Toona Ciliata stayed on for second and another three year-old Sentient (34-1) was a further length and a quarter behind in third.

    She’s A Maneater clocked a fast two minutes, 05.40 seconds to own two of the fastest three times recorded for the 10-furlong trip in the last 14 years.

    “She is something special,” winning trainer Wayne DaCosta said after the mare’s 23rd career win gave him his third Superstakes triumph. She’s A Maneater was just 0.40s slower than her winning run last year and 0.20s off Mark My Word’s winning time in 2010.

    The 2019 Triple Crown winner Supreme Soul, the 5-2 second favourite, faded in the homestretch to finish sixth, 15 lengths behind the winner.

    For the first half of the race, Ian Kong’s She’s A Maneater stalked the front-running Toona Ciliata while both Sentient and Supreme Soul raced within striking distance in third and fourth spots.

    She’s A Maneater, the 2017 Triple Crown champion and horse of the year, edged closer to the lead leaving the half-mile while Sentient and Supreme Soul lost ground on the leaders.

    Coming off the final bend, She’s A Maneater shot past Toona Ciliata and entered the homestretch with a clear advantage. Walker sparingly used his whip right-handed in the run to the finish as no challengers surfaced deep stretch.

    “I was pretty confident, I got a nice break and saved the best for last,” said Walker after landing his third Superstakes, adding to Mark My Word (2011) and She’s A Maneater last year.

    In the secondary JA$2 Million (US$18,800) Lyrix Soft Drink Invitational Mile, DaCosta’s unbeaten US-bred colt Stranger Danger crushed his rivals in a seven-length win in a stakes record 1:36.60 as Walker piloted the two big winners on the last day of the Lasco Superstakes weekend.

    Stranger Danger won by seven lengths and stretched his winning streak to nine races. “He did it easily, and doing it with (a heavy) 57 kilos augurs well for the feature,” DaCosta said.

     

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