Wow Wow could put owner atop with Cash Pot Trophy victory
WOW WOW's anticipated victory in Saturday's six-furlong Cash Pot Trophy is hardly worth discussion in comparison to the mileage the $1.7m winner's purse will give owner Michael Bernard, who should ease past Carlton Watson in their battle atop the owners' standings.
Watson faces an uphill task to deny Bernard, whose horses run under the nom de plume Michros. Though Watson extended his stakes lead from $69,700 to $737,100 over the Heroes holiday two-meet carnival, WOW WOW, who has won his last four starts and looking better the farther he goes, looks set to almost single-handedly hand Bernard his first owners' title.
The bay colt, by far, the most impressive juvenile seen this season, winning his last two races by double-digit margins, embarrassing once highly thought of ENGLAND'S ROSE in the Bearings and Accessories Trophy, should sweep the Supreme Ventures Limited Two-Year-Old Series.
Apart from the bounty that will come with landing Saturday's Cash Pot Trophy, November's Pick-3 Super Challenge and December's Jamaica Two-Year-Old Stakes, WOW WOW also qualifies for the $1m bonus awarded for the three-race series sweep, having passed through the Yearling sale as a $4m buy-back in 2018.
However, Watson, the main owner in champion trainer Wayne DaCosta's barn, has LADY BLUE waiting in the wings in the eighth race, immediately after what should be a romp for WOW WOW in the Cash pot Trophy.
LADY BLUE came home willingly on last, surprisingly from way off the pace, to secure third behind another Watson runner and stablemate, MR UNIVERSE, who was cut down by none other than Bernard's MY SISTER in the Vassell Najair Memorial on October 12.
Classic placed this spring, third in the 1000 Guineas and fourth in the 10-furlong Oaks, Watson's LADY BLUE, a Blue Pepsi Lodge filly, is more comfortable at shorter distances and, at five furlongs round, should outfinish the older form horses, TARANIS and CAPTUREMYSHIP, which should about halve Bernard's lead to roughly $500,000.
Meanwhile, DaCosta, who started the weekend $11m in stakes behind Anthony Nunes, went another $215,000 in the red after two days and will welcome what should be $546,000 from LADY BLUE in the overnight allowance event.
DaCosta outgunned Nunes 1-0 over the two-day carnival, picking up a victory with Watson's SUMMER SUN on Saturday. However, Nunes blanketing Monday's programme with 16 runners, though none won, all went home earning purse monies, which added $215,000 to his lead, leaving the champion trainer counting down the days to the November 9 Diamond Mile, which he is expected to flood with as many as six runners, led by stable stars SHE'S A MANEATER and unbeaten importee, STRANGER DANGER.