nationnews.com | By Lindon Yarde | Sun, February 12, 2012
A.P. Vincero, confidently ridden by jockey Anderson Trotman, won yesterday’s feature race at the Garrison Savannah for owners Luther G. Miller III and wife Suzan Miller.
On the Rotherley Construction Inc.-sponsored race card, the Victor Cheeseman-trained colt turned back the two favourites, Shared Adventure with Jalon Samuel up and Indian Officer with Reshaun Latchman, who finished in that order.
A.P. Vincero, who was winning for the first time, joined the early leader Shared Adventure at the two-furlong marker to contest the lead.
Entering the home turn, A.P. Vincero, the recipient of seven pounds, won the battle easily. Late Bid under Jonathon Grant took fourth position.
Before another good crowd, several horses nominated for the three big races next race day held centre stage, and in the good conditions, Blue Diamond Stables made the most of the last chance to get their charges ready.
Owner Lord Michael Taylor and champion trainer Anderson Ward were the toast of the Savannah with three victories, including two one-two finishes in the supporting features.
Island Memories, brilliantly ridden by Reshaun Latchman and Captain Sully, ridden by Jalon Samuel, were the first two home in the Rotherley Holdings Inc. Challenge Trophy Handicap for four-year-old and older horses rated 88-110 and also open to horses rated 87 and below over 1 800 metres.
After battling early with Captain Sully, the much talked about Dancin David finished out of the money, as Dance The Distance under Antonio Whitehall and Silk N Satin ridden by Antonio Bishop ran past him to collect the third and fourth spots.
Gold Cup selectee Dancin David set the early pace but came under severe pressure at the three-furlong marker before packing it in. Island Memories, who came from one before last, stopped the clocked in a laboured 1:54.3.
Two races later in the speed fest, the white with royal blue diamond colours with royal blue sleeves and scarlet cap proved invincible again, with Vitality under Kyle Carter and Run Alke Run partnered by Chris Husbands.
The pair finished one-two in Race 7 – the Rotherley Construction Inc. Sprint Trophy Handicap for three-year-old and older horses rated 115-140 and also open to horses rated 114 and below over 1 100 metres.
Run Alke Run stormed to the lead from Vitality, Istanbul, Greeley Gone West, Erados and Janaki. The order remained unchanged as the speedsters put their feet to the ground, making it difficult for would-be closers.
Run Alke Run brought the field into the homestretch looking all over a winner. However, Carter produced Vitality on the outside and with nerves of steel, guided the son of Zwick out of Vital Statistix home without breaking a sweat.
The Blue Diamond Stable’s other winner was Must Be The Money, smartly ridden by Patrick Husbands in the opening event the Vuemont Trophy Handicap for four-year-old and older horses rated 53-75 and also open to horses rated 52 and below over 1 800 metres.