Sweet Genius scores upset
SWEET GENIUS gave trainer Bobby Persad one of his best days in his training career by taking yesterday’s feature turf event that culminated with a treble on the nine-race card at Santa Rosa Park, Arima. Coming off a fifth-placed finish by 2 1/4 lengths in the Sian’s Gold Sprint to Control Unit and carrying the […]
SWEET GENIUS gave trainer Bobby Persad one of his best days in his training career by taking yesterday’s feature turf event that culminated with a treble on the nine-race card at Santa Rosa Park, Arima.
Coming off a fifth-placed finish by 2 1/4 lengths in the Sian’s Gold Sprint to Control Unit and carrying the light impost of 45 kilos, the mare was a handicapper’s dream.
Sent off at the handsome odds of 12/1, Sweet Genius, a seven-year-old daughter of Gold Market/Burning Red, owned by daughter Kavita Persad and ridden by Kerron Razack, scored by 1 1/4 lengths from The Tactician, Desert Dancer and Peace N Glory in a time of 1:32.13.
Given a flyer from his outside seven-gate draw in the nine-horse race by Razack, the mare was joined by Desert Dancer with favourite Peace N Glory tucked away in fourth. Turning up the back stretch, positions remained unchanged, but The Tactician was moving ominously towards the leading duo. Nearing the home turn, Sweet Genius poached a two-length lead on Desert Dancer but drifted to the outside, losing a couple lengths and surrendering the lead to Desert Dancer. However, Razack brought back the mare on even keel and she motored away from The Tactician, who came with a strong run to grab the runner-up slot ahead of Desert Dancer, who in turn was a short-head in front of Peace N Glory.
Persad’s treble on the card started in the second race, which was also run off on the turf. This one came with inform runner, I’mmissinghighbury, who recorded his second success of the season under Venezuelean Yosener Serrano to give daughter Kavita her first success on the card.
The winning trio teamed up in the third race again on the turf over 1,500 metres, with Tiger’s Eye edging out long-time leader, Mafia Man in a scrap to the wire. An objection was lodged by Mafia’s Man’s rider, Kerron Khelawan, for interference inside the final 100 metres to the wire by the winner, Tiger’s Eye. However, the objection was overruled.
In the day’s opener, Always Ready, ridden by leading apprentice Jovika Boodramsingh, got trainer Harold Chadee and son Dave off to a fine start, scoring in gate-to-wire fashion in the 1,500-metre turf opener for horses rated 20 – 0.
In the fourth race, trainer Chadee’s Big Five O looked set for success when taking up the lead under Boodramsingh (J) approaching the home turn, from Simple Side with Wilmer Galviz aboard. However, Galviz galvanised his mount and the Rohit Dube-trained and owned importation battled back gamely to get ahead of Big Five O.
In the fifth race, Colonial Cat, who was trainer Jose William-Samaroo’s lone runner on the day with jockey Kerron Khelawan aboard, scored very easily for owner Dr Rupert Indar. In that event, Chadee also finished second with Country Boy. Sadly, eight-year-old gelding Farad, with Haniff Emamalie aboard, snapped his foreleg in the shadow of the finish line and had to be euthanised.
Elsewhere, Central Square was the only shock winner on the card at odds of 17/1, scoring very easily under apprentice Romario Hernandez. In that event, three-year-old filly Set Sail finished a disappointing seventh of eight.
Trainer Terrance Thomas was also in winner’s enclosure with Fast’N’ Furious scoring like an odds-on favourite should, by 5 1/2 lengths.
And bringing down the curtain on the card was trainer Douglas Bennett’s Divine Inspiration, ridden by Nobel Abrego for owner Shaun Kanta Persad. In that event, Emamalie fell from Juneau but did not suffer any serious injury.
Racing action continues on Saturday with a possible nine-race card.