Two-Year-Old Stakes runners light up exercise track
Horses preparing for next Saturday's $4 million Jamaica Two-Year-Old Stakes, the third and final leg of the Supreme Ventures Limited Jamaica Two-Year-Old Series, have been busy at exercise as well as posting impressive victories at Caymanas Park.
Anthony Nunes' BIGDADDYKOOL signalled his Supreme intentions with an impressive victory against maidens on Saturday.
The far-striding colt reproduced his exercise workouts to close from off the pace under jockey Shane Ellis, romping a mile in 1:41.4 on his second outing.
Nunes' colt is on a Boxing Day collision course with Philip Feanny's Pick-3 Super Challenge winner, SORRENTINO'S STAR, with whom he shares the same sire, Sorrentino.
Both horses have been working well. SORRENTINO'S STAR blazed five and a half furlongs in 1:06.3 on Tuesday. Prior to winning on Saturday, BIGDADDYKOOL had clocked 1:13.4 for six furlongs, galloping with Superstakes fifth-place stablemate SOUTHERN CRUISE.
Champion trainer Wayne DaCosta's DREAMLINER, the Cash Pot Trophy winner, who had the tables turned on him in the Pick-3 Super Challenge,
finishing fourth behind SORRENTINO'S STAR, has also impressed at exercise.
The bay colt returns for the Jamaica Two-Year-Old Stakes alongside stablemates CUP O TEA and FUTURE KING, who had finished second to SORRENTINO'S STAR in the Pick-3 Super Challenge.
DREAMLINER beat FUTURE KING in a seven-furlong spin, clocking 1:27.1 to his stablemate's 1:27.2 on Monday. CUP O TEA, a winner on his second outing, two Saturday's ago, looked improved in 1:01.0 for five furlongs on Tuesday.
NUCLEAR AFFAIR, runner-up to champion trainer Wayne DaCosta's DREAMLINER in October's Cash Pot Only One For Me Trophy, the second leg of the Two-Year-Old Series, is back in training.
The Gary Subratie-trained filly had a setback and missed the November 28 Pick-3 Super Challenge Trophy, the second leg of the series.
The chestnut filly has looked good in two recent gallops.