FORTUNES changed within the last 200 metres to the wire in yesterday’s feature event, over 1,750 metres for horses rated 100-70 at Santa Rosa Park. It was a three-way battle to the finish, involving Bergeron Rodeo, Lang Amour and Kidz Ro. In the end, a short-head separated the Aga Stables-owned Bergeron Rodeo and Lang Amour with Kidz Ro a further half-length adrift in third. The winning time was 1:53.2.
Shortly after the start Bergeron Rodeo took up the running from Red Lace, Kidz Ro, Lang Amour and Free Passage. Turning up the backstretch after a pedestrian quarter in 28 seconds and a half-mile in the 54.3, Lang Amour made a move to the leaders while Kidz Ro was shuffled back to fourth. They covered the three-quarter mile in a slow 1:18.4, as Lang Amour ranged alongside Bergeron Rodeo.
Turning into the homestretch, Bergeron Rodeo was tackled by Kidz Ro, who appeared to lead momentarily. Lang Amour began to gain on the leaders with every stride but the finish line came a stride too early. However, Bergeron Rodeo’s rider Nigel Flavenney has to be commended for slowing up the race to a crawl and then kicking for home, and his tactics paid dividends.
In the support event, the third race on the card, again over 1,750 metres, War of Words, who is now conditioned by Glenn Mendez and was partnered by Wilmer Galviz, prevailed from Red Howler, Cramers Rule and Fire Flight in 1.54.
And young three-kilo apprentice, Keron ‘Smiley’ Almarales recorded his first success of his short career aboard trainer Harold Chadee’s Dream Marshall. Almarales, who was having his eighth ride, broke 5/1 third choice Dream Marshall in front. And when challenged by favourite Release The Beast approaching the home turn, the partnership repelled the challenge to score by a 1 3/4 lengths from a fast-finishing Strike Gold, who nipped Release The Beast for the runner-up slot.
Almarales speaking to the Express after his success, said: ‘’I will like to thank trainer Chadee for giving (me) the opportunity to ride for his stable, and the grooms in the stable.’’ Almarales was crowded by his fellow riders, who were waiting to give him the customary dousing. ‘’I hope I can pick up from here and get some more rides,’’ added Almares.
And fellow three-kilo apprentice, Daniel Gopie was again in winner’s enclosure, when taking the day’s opener aboard trainer Fred De Freitas’ Café’s Marque, owned by Curtis Nunes. Gopie came back later in the day to score with trainer Derick Mosca’s Onefortheroad, who led home stablemate Slippery Sam, with odds-on favourite Seeker Of Truth third. The shock of the day was trainer Jimmy Rampersad’s Super Easy, who scored at 40/1 with jockey Joshua Stephen aboard, to take the seventh race on the card.