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.

 

Waldgeist made a blistering late charge to deny Enable an unprecedented Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe treble at ParisLongchamp on Sunday.

The stage was set for superstar mare Enable to become the first horse to win the prestigious race three times, but 16-1 shot Waldgeist spoiled the party.

Odds-on favourite Enable, in what could be her last race, hit the front on the home straight under Frankie Dettori, roared on by a huge crowd.

Waldgeist, though, conjured up a rapid finish to prevent the John Gosden-trained five-year-old from pulling off the hat-trick.

Waldgeist revelled in the soft ground and Pierre-Charles Boudot steered the colt, trained by Andre Fabre, out wide to bolt beyond Enable in the final furlong.

Enable was travelling strongly and looked set to make history until Waldgeist gave Fabre an eighth Arc success, while Sottsass finished third.

Fabre said: "I'm very proud that Waldgeist managed to beat such a fantastic mare. I'm delighted. He gave me a lot of confidence at Ascot and Pierre-Charles said he could have won.

"The Arc is always a big race because you have the combination of the best mares and colts and it's a great race."

Two and a half years after the only other race Enable has failed to win, trainer Gosden said the conditions were always going to make it tough.

"She ran an absolutely brilliant race. Waldgeist came late and strong after they went a good pace." Gosden said.

"Frankie committed and went for it and with the ground testing her, it's hard to show that turn of foot and Waldgeist has outstayed her on the ground. Full credit to Andre.

"I'm happy with the race but she doesn't have the same explosive turn of foot on soft, she quickened up well but was outstayed in very testing conditions."

Tiger Roll will bid to become the first horse to win the Grand National at Aintree in three consecutive years, trainer Gordon Elliott confirmed on Friday.

The horse has won the prestigious race in each of the past two years, becoming the first to do so since Red Rum triumphed in consecutive years in 1973 and 1974.

Red Rum then finished second in the next two meetings before becoming the only horse to date to win the Grand National three times in 1977.

Tiger Roll will now have the opportunity to match that tally and go for three wins in a row after Elliott announced his intention to race again in 2020.

"The number one target this year will be the English National," Elliott said. "We are going to have to mind him now and pick and choose where we go.

"He will probably have one run over hurdles, maybe something like the Boyne Hurdle [in February]. He will go back to Cheltenham [in March] for the Cross-Country Race and then we'll go for the Grand National [in April]."

Champion jockey Ricky Jadoo’s perfect ride for champion trainer Glenn Mendez secured a near two-length win for the Jamaica-bred colt Juice Man in Thursday’s Trinidad and Tobago Midsummer Classic at Santa Rosa Park.

A 2-1 joint second favourite in the small seven-horse field, Juice Man, in just his second start in T&T, successfully tackled the front running 16-1 bet Blue Navigator approaching the final turn and galloped stoutly to victory by 1-3/4 lengths in the TT$125,000 (US$18,800) event. The even-money favourite Apocalypse was second and Making Headlines (12-1) third.

The Justyn Kanta Persad-owned Juice Man clocked two minutes 00.40 seconds for the 9-1/2 furlong trip and Mendez is now keen to start the Lakeland Farms-bred colt in the September 24 Trinidad Derby.

“We will look for (another) race or two before the Derby,” Mendez said of Juice Man, who won his T&T debut in early July just a couple of months after his last race in Jamaica in March. The Storm Craft out of Passion colt had logged two wins from eight starts at Jamaica’s Caymanas Park from Triple Crown winning trainer Anthony Nunes’s barn.

Top trainer John O’Brien’s Blue Navigator with Panamanian jockey Nobel Abrego held an uncontested lead for most of the trip but late on the backstretch, Jadoo accelerated Juice Man to move within a length of the lead with Regal Intension (2-1) and Apocalypse under Canada-based Barbadian jockey Patrick Husbands within striking distance.

Coming off the final bend, Juice Man shot past the tiring Blue Navigator while the quickening Apocalypse went in chase with Regal Intension and Making Headlines in challenging positions as a mere three lengths separated the first five horses at the top of the homestretch.

Jadoo, who rode 34 winners in 2018 to snatch his fifth jockeys’ title, glanced – early in the homestretch -- at the looming threat of Husbands and Apocalypse on his outside and roused his mount for a strong run to the finish.

The Apocalypse pressure – despite vigorous left-hand whipping by Husbands – inside the final furlong and a half was mild and good enough only for a clear second as his stablemate Making Headlines finished a further 4-1/2 lengths back in third.

Regal Intension’s Triple Crown bid was scuppered with his fourth place finish and O’Brien’s target miss with his five-pronged entry in the seven-horse field was further compounded by an injury to his Oaks winner She’s So Spectacula.

Owned by Chevan Maharaj, whose colt Supreme Soul captured the 2019 Triple Crown in Jamaica, She’s So Spectacula damaged a sesamoid, a career-ending injury.

For trainer Mendez, Juice Man’s win was his seventh in this second leg of the Triple Crown series and one of his most remarkable having had just a couple of months with the colt. Juice man had never before Thursday gone a trip as long as the 9-1/2-furlong Midsummer with his two wins in Jamaica both five-furlong sprints. Mendez conditioned him quickly to an 8-3/4-furlong win in his Midsummer “prep” on July 6 at Santa Rosa Park, his first run at the Arima racetrack.

“Going into his first race (in July) I tried to do some stamina work because he had never been beyond seven furlongs (in Jamaica) and we weren’t sure how much he would stay. He ran well and actually kicked on in that race,” Mendez said of his Santa Rosa debut win over Trovatore and Blue Navigator.

“We got in a trouble-free preparation so he was ready,” Mendez explained.

The 20 year-old jockey N’Rico Prescod, in only his second Derby ride, piloted the 21-1 outsider Nzinga to a stunning win in the Massy United Insurance Barbados Derby on Thursday as fillies swept the top three spots in the BB$68,000 (US$34,000) Classic at the Garrison Savannah.

Positioned off the lead for most of the 10-furlong trip, Nzinga swept to the front approaching the home turn and won by a length for trainer Raphael Greene, with 13-1 shot Naomi second and the 2-1 favourite Good Vibration third.

“I am excited and I am glad I made my mother proud and my family proud,” Prescod said after his first Derby triumph.

The 52-1 outsider Fantastic Frances was the pacesetter early and after a couple of furlongs enjoyed a five-length advantage at the head of the field with Defiant David (4-1), Marie Aurore (5-1) and Nzinga tracking.

At the half mile, Fantastic France’s lead had shrunk as Marie Aurore, Nzinga and Midsummer Classic winner SeventeenmillionUS, the 5-2 second favourite, all pounced simultaneously for challenges.

Prescod roused Nzinga at the two-furlong pole to surge past Fantastic Frances and Marie Aurore and the chestnut filly came off the final bend with a clear advantage.

Nzinga drifted off the rail down the homestretch as Naomi edged ahead of Fantastic Frances and Marie Aurore to emerge as the main threat.

Prescod switched his whip from left to right hand approaching the finish and safely held Naomi for the win, stopping the clock at two minutes 11.30 seconds.

Brilliantly prepared by first-time Derby winning trainer Greene, who is also a part of the triumphant owners group Some Guys & A Gyal, Nzinga was securing her first top-three finish in the 2019 Classics after placing sixth in the Guineas and fifth in Midsummer.

Greene, also breeder of the filly - by Janak out of the mare Mrs. B - believes she would have had better results in the earlier Classics if not for traffic problems as Prescod complained of being bounced around by other horses in the June 22 Midsummer.

“All I prayed for was a clean trip and that is what happened,” Prescod said.

“God answered my prayers and she came out on top and I am really proud of her, I love her,” added the former St Michael and Combermere (6th Form) student, who had three other winners on Thursday’s card.

“N’Rico is a fantastic young rider, he is also very intelligent, has good hands and a good seat,” Greene said.

The team answers a pop quiz on the achievements of Anthony 'Baba' Nunes, with special guest Anthony 'Baba' Nunez.

The colt Supreme Soul withstood a terrific and unexpected challenge from his stablemate Toona Ciliata to win Saturday’s Jamaica St Leger and become Caymanas Park’s 12th Triple Crown winner as trainer Anthony Nunes logged an unprecedented sweep of the top finishes.

Coming off wins in the 2000 Guineas in April and the Jamaica Derby in June, Chevan Maharaj’s Supreme Soul snatched the prized Triple Crown final leg as the 1-2 favourite with a tense win by a short head over the 7-1 bet Toona Ciliata in the JM$4 Million (US$30,000) St Leger under jockey Shane Ellis.

The filly Princess Ava, a 46-1 outsider, was only a further half-length behind in third and the front-running Earn Your Stripes (6-1) faded to fourth as Nunes became the first ever trainer to saddle the top four finishers in a Jamaica Classic.

“It was a great feeling seeing three, four of my horses coming down the homestretch but there was a little piece of me that wanted to close out the Triple Crown for the Maharaj family,” Nunes told SportsMax.

Nunes’s entries stamped their authority from the start as Earn Your Stripes galloped into a comfortable lead and went into the backstretch cruising with Supreme Soul, the 27-1 bet Cryptocurrency and Toona Ciliata in a stalking group behind.

Supreme Soul went in chase of his front-running stablemate approaching the half-mile, as Toona Ciliata reignited his effort having lost some ground to slip almost six lengths off the lead.

Coming off the final bend, Supreme Soul pounced on the fading Earn Your Stripes and briefly headed him before Toona Ciliata shockingly surged forward and grabbed a narrow lead from his far more distinguished stablemate.

A riveting stride-for-stride battle ensued with Linton Steadman aboard Toona Ciliata matching Ellis’s vigorous ride toward the finish, while Nunes’s Princess Ava also loomed as a threat when they flashed past the eighth pole.

Hampered by a worrying hoof problem during final preparation for the St Leger, Supreme Soul advertised grit to repel Toona Ciliata’s spirited bid to claim the narrow win, stopping the clock at two minutes 09.20 seconds for the 10-furlong trip.

Supreme Soul had been given sea training this past week to avoid the impact of his hurting hoof on the racetrack.

“What he’s been through this week, it was really hard on him. He battled through,” said Nunes, who had captured a 2016 Triple Crown in T&T with two horses, Academy Award landing the Guineas and the Derby and The Gatsby scoring in the Midsummer Classic.

Ellis was winning his fourth St Leger in eight years, having scored with Typewriter in 2012, Relampago (2014) and Marquesas last year.

“I am so proud, I am so happy with this Triple Crown win. I have always wanted to win a Triple Crown and finally I have done it,” said the 45-year-old ex-champion jockey.

It was the first Triple Crown triumph for Ellis and Maharaj.

“It’s a fantastic feeling,” said the Trinidadian Maharaj, who becomes the first non-Jamaican owner of a Triple Crown winner at Caymanas Park.

“Words can’t explain how I really feel about this Triple Crown win,” added Maharaj, who eyes another Classic success next week Thursday when his filly She’s So Spectacular tackles the Trinidad Midsummer Classic field at Santa Rosa Park.

The huge 1-5 favourite Supreme Soul weathered a stout challenge from his Governor’s Cup rival Sentient to score a two-length victory in the Boom Jamaica Derby at Caymanas Park on Saturday afternoon. 

The 7-5 favourite Supreme Soul delivered a stout winning performance with ex-champion jockey Shane Ellis aboard in the Jamaica 2000 Guineas on Sunday to give trainer Anthony Nunes a sweep of the weekend’s Classics at Caymanas Park.

The chestnut colt flew past his rivals down the homestretch to win by two lengths over stablemate Toona Ciliata (7-1) as the 3-2 second favourite and previously undefeated Run Thatcher Run faded to seventh. Supreme Soul clocked one minute 38.80 seconds for the one-mile trip.

“I can’t be any happier,” Nunes told SportsMax.TV after his one-two finish while his other starters Earn Your Stripes (4-1) and Tricky One (99-1) placed fifth and sixth respectively.

“I am happy with all my entrants, they all ran to the best of their ability,” added Nunes, who became only the third trainer in 25 years to win both Guineas Classics.

Supreme Soul, who endured his only career defeat on Boxing Day last December to Run Thatcher Run in the Supreme Ventures Jamaica two-year-old Stakes, avenged the loss with authority.

He broke briskly from post position 14 and uncharacteristically went for the lead, racing with the pacesetters for over a furlong before giving way to more pacey rivals.

Leaving the half-mile, Nunes’s pair of Toona Ciliata and Earn Your Stripes together with the 9-1 bet Father Patrick and a fast-moving Run Thatcher Run quickened toward the final bend with Supreme Soul three lengths off the pace and being whipped up by Ellis to stay within striking distance.

Run Thatcher Run had the biggest surge when the field straightened for the homestretch and briefly moved ahead of Toona Ciliata and Earn Your Stripes but Supreme Soul produced his winning run widest on the outside and was overpowering in the final furlong en route to his fifth win in six career starts.

Toona Ciliata held his gallop for the runner-up spot and the 15-1 bet Sentient closed steadily on the rails for third.

Supreme Soul’s win sets him up for a run at the Triple Crown and Ellis expects no obstacles in the 12-furlong Derby in June and the late July St Leger over 10 furlongs.

“There is no three-year-old in the country that can beat this horse going two turns,” Ellis boldly declared.

Nunes joins Gary Subratie with his 2011 wins Niphal (1000 Guineas) and Big Man Boyu (2000 Guineas) and Wayne DaCosta two years ago with She’s a Maneater (1000 Guineas) and Fearless Samurai (2000 Guineas) as trainers in the past quarter of a century to land the Guineas double.

The huge filly I Am Di One dwarfed her rivals with a smashing win in the Jamaica 1000 Guineas on Saturday afternoon at Caymanas Park under a confident front-running ride from Barbadian jockey Simon Husbands. 

Major Hugh Blake, the Chief Executive Officer of the Supreme Ventures Racing & Entertainment Limited (SVREL), has resigned his post after only a few months on the job.

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