SIGNAL ALERT smashed the 14-year-old record held by fellow importation Another Decision, and in the process recorded his first win of the season in taking yesterday’s feature 1,250-metre race for three-year-old and over horses rated 70 & over at Santa Rosa Park.
Sent off as the 2/1 second choice, Signal Alert, trained by Glenn Mendez and ridden by Ronald “Tiger” Ali for the Errol Stables, scored by three-quarter length from Holy Man, King Whistler and Slewjero in a new record time of 1:14.85 which eclipsed the 1:15 held by Another Decision since December 2, 2000.
Smartly away from his three-gate draw in the six-horse contest with his 57 kilos impost, Signal Alert was held up in third behind Slewjero, who rushed up to take up the running from Holy Man. This time around, Slewjero was not allowed to poach any sizeable lead, as Holy Man shadowed him with Signal Alert on Holy Man’s romp, and the other three runners, King Whistler, El Bandido De Oro and Fly Junior several lengths adrift.
Nearing the 800-metre pole, Signal Alert and Holy Man gobbled up Slewjero, with Signal Alert taking a slender lead. Nearing the homestretch Signal Alert’s lead increased, and straightening up into the homestretch, Ali allowed the former Stewards Cup winner to stretch ahead by at least three lengths from Holy Man, who began to close, cutting into Signal Alert’s lead, but not quick enough to reach the winning line ahead.
Meanwhile, joint champion jockey Brian Boodramsingh celebrated his 23rd birthday with a treble on the ten-race card.
The youngster, who started the day on 32 wins, lengthened his lead on Wilmer Galviz (22 wins), who shared the championship with him last year.
Boodramsingh recorded his first win aboard trainer Harold Chadee’s Harry Could Dance. The chestnut importation made all the running in this event which was the fourth race for horses rated 70-55, which was moved from the turf to the main course.
He followed up that win in the sixth race, which was also moved from the turf to the main with The Tactician, owned by Stephan Narinesingh and trained by Harriram “Pepsi” Gobin.
In this event, he sat behind the speed and took up the running in the homestretch, stretching away and scoring by five-and-a-half lengths. He then completed the hat-trick with Eye See You for trainer Chadee and son Dave.
Boodramsingh allowed Eye See You to bowl along in front, and when tackled by Magic Rust Seal and Nettoyer up the backstretch, he allowed Magic Rust Seal to point his charge, but quickly regained the lead and then stretched away from as he approached the home turn to score by one-and-a-quarter lengths in 1:53.78, from stablemates, Prince Zeshan and Cramers Rule to give Chadee a second one-two-three in consecutive weeks.
Last week, Chadee achieved the feat in the day’s opener with A Great Moment scoring from Atlantica and Bonnie.
Elsewhere, the battle between leading trainers John O’Brien (32) and Chadee (31) saw O’Brien scoring first with Trinidad Derby Stakes contender, Justcallmebas in the second race. Partnered by Nobel Abrego, the colt made all the running. Chadee quickly responded in the fourth. And Chadee joined O’Brien at the head of the championship when Eye See You won the seventh race.
The five races that were written for the turf course were moved to the main, because the surface once again was waterlogged.
And bringing down the curtain on the day was three-kilo apprentice David ‘Bones’ Blackman, who recorded his first career success aboard Red Cloud.
Racing action continues on Friday, Emancipation Day with the staging of the 1,900-metre President’s Cup, in which Readbetweendlines with clash with Bigman In Town, and the 1,800-metre Breeders Stakes, which will bring together stablemates, Glorious Country, Sir Henry and Dark Treasure.
Entries for the ten-race card close this morning at nine o’clock.