ON THE TRAIL: Momentum, with Brian Boodramsingh aboard, cruises to the finish line in yesterday’s Carib Brewery Midsummer Classic, second leg of the Triple Crown series, at Santa Rosa Park, Arima. The son of Western Classic scored by 11 1/2 lengths from Eye See You, Justcallmebas and High Octane, in that order. —Photo: CURTIS CHASE
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.