Crown She's a Maneater
SHE'S A MANEATER, with a race record of nine starts, eight wins and a second-place finish in last year's Jamaica Two-Year-Old Stakes, will head to post as the overwhelming favourite to complete the Triple Crown with victory in Saturday's 10-furlong Jamaica St Leger.
The super filly passed her 12-furlong Jamaica Derby test with distinction on June 24, chasing Oaks winner MARLENE MY LOVE before overcoming an attempt to block her charge in the stretch run, eventually registering a one-and-a-quarter length victory over SOTOMAYOR, the only horse to have ever finished ahead of her in a race.
After watching SHE'S A MANEATER win the Jamaica Derby, trainer Wayne DaCosta wryly said the shorter St Leger "should be easier", a comment few would even try to debate.
From post-position two, SHE'S A MANEATER again gets a rail-hugging draw after breaking from the one hole in the Derby. Her stalking pace makes it literally impossible for her to be outsped, a tactic Robert Halledeen tried in the Derby aboard MARLENE MY LOVE, who had the Jamaica Oaks from in front.
MARLENE MY LOVE's withdrawal with injury leaves the race at SHE'S A MANEATER and jockey Omar Walker's mercy. The speedy filly's participation was the only hope the rest of the field had of a horse being able to take SHE'S A MANEATER off her bridle earlier than Walker would prefer.
SOTOMAYOR, who had beaten SHE'S A MANEATER at a mile in last December's Jamaica Two-Year-Old Stakes, is poorly drawn on the inside beside the filly at post three and, more than any other runner in the event, needs a rabbit to get her off her bridle.
After 10 furlongs in the Derby, SOTOMAYOR was nine lengths behind SHE'S A MANEATER, three lengths third a furlong out, behind a dying MARLENE MY LOVE, and was well held to the wire at the end of 12 furlongs.
Richard Azan's MARKET FORCE, fourth in the Derby, should turn the tables on second-place SOTOMAYOR if he reproduces his Governor's Cup run.
Awarded the 10-furlong Governor's Cup in the stewards' room, MARKET FORCE was two-and-a-half lengths clear of fourth-place SOTOMAYOR. It was only the distance that caused those placings to be reversed in the Derby.
History appears written before the race, SHE'S A MANEATER, the third filly to win the Triple Crown in the history of local racing at Caymanas Park, joining ALSAFRA, 2008, and SIMPLY MAGIC, 2002.