Bet on Nuclear Affair
GARY Subratie's NUCLEAR AFFAIR should run out an easy winner of tomorrow's 10-furlong Jamaica Oaks, having proven that she's head and shoulders over, not only fillies, but also most of the three-year-olds in training at Caymanas Park.
The classy filly is on a four-timer, having not lost a race since caught at the wire by top colt, FUTURE KING, in December's Jamaica Two-Year-Old Stake.
Her class is such that she was seven lengths off the lead at the half mile in the 1000 Guineas earlier this month before making a sweeping move off the final turn to win by nine and a quarter lengths, a 16-length acceleration over the last half mile of the race.
Though she will be venturing over two turns for the first time in a race, NUCLEAR AFFAIR's easy-to-rate running style, mid-race pace and class is unmatched by any of her nine rivals, none of whom have won in excess of two races to date.
The Oaks is a mere pit stop for Subratie's runner on her way to the June 25 Jamaica Derby in which she will renew rivalry with the colts and geldings, led by FUTURE KING, who stamped his class by outstaying rivals in the 2000 Guineas.
She impressed at exercise, as usual, on Sunday morning, galloping six furlongs in 1:14.4, partnered by Shane Ellis, who has the leg up in place of Dane Nelson, who is off to Canada for the summer.
Philip Feanny's SORRENTINO'S STAR returns minus her customary visor after placing third, a neck behind second-place A THOUSAND STARS in the 1000 Guineas. The change of equipment could result in Feanny's runner reversing those placings.