CARBON FIBER emphatically maintained his unbeaten run (three from three) scoring unchallenged in yesterday’s 1,350-metre Three-Year-Old Sprint at Santa Rosa Park, giving trainer Glenn Mendez his third consecutive stakes success in as many race days.
The bay son of Maimonides/Glitterball, ridden by Wilmer Galviz for owner S.I.R Stables, romped by 3 1/2 lengths from Holy Man, Thisonesforron, and Enzo in the $150,000 feature.
In a near gate-to-wire success, Carbon Fiber, who was not that alertly away, joined 1-2 favourite Holy Man, who was quickest away within the first 100 metres. And they quickly separated themselves from Enzo and Thisonesforron with Kodo trailing.
After a sedate quarter in 23.3, Carbon Fiber poached a slender lead on Holy Man. After that slow quarter Galviz increased the pace, which was reflected in the time of 46.3 for the half-mile, and three-quarter in 1:10.2.
Approaching the home turn, Galviz, realising that Jadoo played into his hands, quickened the pace in a bid to shake of Holy Man. And his colt’s response was effective as Holy Man did not quicken to join issue for the anticipated showdown. Carbon Fiber stretched clear very easily, stopping the clock in a good 1:20.
And despite favourites taking a beating, one lucky punter winner left Santa Rosa Park with visions of Christmas, as he or she walked away with a whopping $293,258.10. This was for selecting the superfecta combination of Gold Strike, Saynomore, Playthatfunkymusic and Legacy of Hope in the fifth race over 1,050 metres on the turf. But there weren’t any winners of the Hi-5, and the carryover $13,675.70 went to the seventh race.
The superfecta bonus of $279,747.44, which has been accumulating since last year, sweetened the pot for the lucky punter.
Earlier on the card, trainer John O’Brien’s Chase The Dragon, winless in his last two starts, turned around that form with a comfortable success in the opener scoring eased down from Away Johannesburg, Wild Shuffle, and Undulation, in a good 1:37.1. in the 1,600-metre turf event.
Meanwhile, in the day’s second race, three-year-old maiden Diamondintherough, partnered by Galviz for trainer Stephen Jardim, turned in his maiden certificate with a come from behind success to catch the pacesetting Copa Glory close home in the turf contest.
And in the third race, for four-year-old and over native bred maidens on the turf, owner Shivam Maharaj’s Advantage Them, did exactly that, slamming her field by 4 1/4 lengths to turn in her maiden tag.
Trainer Shaffique Khan recorded a quick double with Gold Strike in the fifth race and Raise Your Glass in the sixth race, while trainer Michael Carew’s Purple Touch carried the Errol Stables’ purple colours to success in the 1,100-metre race for three-year-old and over horses rated 70-55.
Ridden by Ronald ‘Tiger’ Ali, the dark bay colt came from of the pace to nab the pacesetting odds-on favourite Harry Could Dance, close home, in a time of 1:03, which was a second outside the track record held by Fly Junior.
And jockey Brian Boodramsingh, who opened the day’s proceedings with trainer O’Brien’s Chase The Dragon, recorded his third success of the day with a gate-to-wire success aboard O’Brien’s Hyat Princess in the day’s eighth race. Racing action continues next Saturday.