MOMENTUM maintained his unbeaten run and on track for Triple Crown glory with an impressive runaway victory in yesterday’s 1,900-metre Carib Brewery Midsummer Classic--middle leg of the Triple Crown--at Santa Rosa Park, Arima.
Sent off as the heavy 1/5 favourite, the Dr Rupert Indar jnr-owned son of Western Classic/Sea Treaty scored unchallenged under Brian Boodramsingh. He came home by a widening 11 1/4 lengths from 35/1 outsider Eye See You, while Justcallmebas and High Octane filled the minor places, to claim the winner’s share of $270,000. The winning time was 2:02.1
Having taken the first leg of the Triple Crown, the 1,800-metre NLCB Easter Guineas last month, the John O’Brien trainee’s final stop on the Triple Crown path is the 2,000-metre Trinidad Derby Stakes on September 24. O’Brien, who has missed out completing the triple on a number of occasions, could finally achieve the feat this year.
Asked if the pressure of completing the Triple Crown is weighing on him, Boodramsingh said: “Let’s keep our fingers crossed. I understand the Jamaicans are coming in for the race, but they have to bring something really good.”
O’Brien added: “He’s coming on well. He has the right things, speed and stamina. Hopefully we will get a race in before the Derby.” Owner Dr Indar chipped in, “Very nice feeling but we have four months still ahead of us. I know a couple nice Jamaica-bred horses are coming, and they will make it a nice race.”
Leaving the start in rain, Eye See You was hustled to the front in the nine-runner Grade One feature with Momentum in close proximity. The pace was slowed to a modest pace, with quarter-mile fractions of 25.3; 51.4; 1:17. Racing up the backstretch, Momentum eyeballed Eye See You and cruised to the front nearing the 800-metre marker before gradually asserting. Thereafter the race resembled a procession.
And trainer Glenn Mendez’s Urban Knight drew the curtain on the day’s ten-race card, making virtually all under under Wilmer Galviz, and signalling to musicians on the infield to start the party.