WITH three racedays remaining in this year's racing season, Saturday's Stewards Cup winner, Bruceontheloose, who was beaten once this year by Strikes Not Spares in the President's Cup, has to be the overwhelming favourite to cop another Horse of the Year title at next year's Jetsam Awards ceremony.
A winner of five of his six starts from March to December, the one-eyed giant has towered over his opposition. His victories in the 1,350-metre Diamond Stakes on September 24, and in Saturday's 1,200-metre Grade One Stewards Cup, shouldering 56.5 kilos to success, were significant for the creole against the imported horses.
'Bruce' became the only horse in Trinidad and Tobago history to earn $3 million in purse moneys when landing Saturday's Stewards Cup. This has to put him in a different league to the other top class horses that have graced Santa Rosa Park, including Sian's Gold, Vandross, Infallibility, Top Of The Class, Sugar Mike, Adawar, and Chanticleer.
'Bruce' is gutsy, and for a horse with such tremendous speed to carry around two turns is admirable.
Onto the main track, yesterday, which remained sloppy. Trainers did not press their charges, choosing instead to pace them.
Trainer Harold Chadee, who brought down the curtain on last day's card with Bonnie, paced his St Ann's Stakes nominee, She's A Cutie with Zun Zum, and they returned a handy 53.38 over 800 metres with Zun Zum finishing ahead of the unbeaten She's A Cutie.
Derby winning trainer, Derick Mosca, who was winless last Saturday, sent out his trio of Sweet Genius, Uncle Max and Ex-Beneficial Bartok over 400 metres, and they turned in a good 24.56. Sweet Genius could be the one to follow from Mosca's barn.
400 metres—Just My Luck 29.57 pacing; Ex-Kay's Inlet, Ex-Chantal and Ex-Sweet Love 29.44 pacing; Pillow Talk and Natural Justice 29.98 pacing; Ex-Sea Urchin 24.04 handily; Riches Abound 25.12 handily; Gold Coin and Ex-Willing To Spend 25.19 handily; Strategic Silence 26.19 handily; Ex-Beneficial Bartok, Sweet Genius and Uncle Max 24.56 good.
600 metres—It's Only Money 36.19 from gates; Nakita 37.13 handily; Sweet Parang Music 40.81 handily; Measured Response and Readyforstanley 37.40 handily; Saturday Special and Awesome Four 44.34 pacing; Star Diamond 36.56 handily; Mambo Cat, Coconut Joy and Quick City 39.48 handily.
800 metres—Caro's Legacy 51.34 handily and Against The Odds 51.34 handily; Sam Selection 55.97 pacing; Ex-As Time Goes By 59.94 pacing; Treasure Each Day 58.88 pacing; Lady Marissa 56.78 pacing; Prince Zeshan 57.77 pacing; Herald Angel 52.35 handily; Slewjero 59.38 pacing; Burst Of Energy 51.22 handily; Zun Zum better than She's A Cutie 53.38; Run Ron and Secret Circle 54.26 handily; Galveston 56.59 pacing; Insidious 58.23 pacing; Mike's Sugar 50.97 good; Chief Nephew and Gold Bead 50.12 good; Golden Dixieland 54.78 handily.
1,000 metres—Buss The Mark 1:09.31 handily; Youaresobad 1:14.90 pacing; Sattriya 1:13.09 pacing; Nettoyer 1:07.21 handily.