Sports

Son Son shows his versatility

BY HURBUN WILLIAMS
Observer writer

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

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THE Gresford Smith-conditioned Son Son continued to show improvement and moved closer to releasing his true potential when he a hard fought victory in an Optional Claiming ($650,000-$600,000) event on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at Caymanas Park.

By virtue of winning the 5 -furlong (1,100m) event, Son Son not only confirmed his status as a versatile campaigner but also reached the Overnight Allowance level.

Son Son gave a glimpse of his ability when he won a good race in a Restricted Allowance event over 7 furlongs (1,500m) on last, beating She's Symbolic and Ricky Ricardo by 4 lengths in a time of 1:33.3.

On Saturday, the bay colt made a smooth transition to 5 furlongs and showed his true fighting spirit to hold off JamalJames (Reyan Lewis) and Talented Tony K (Robert Halledeen) by a neck in a fierce tussle to the winning post.

Son Son came home in a time of 1:07.0, registering his second consecutive win this season from four starts with earnings of just over $800,000.

Despite going off at odds of 5-1, Smith said that the win by his charge was expected as Son Son is on the improvement.

“Expected it. The win was expected and as I told you the last time when he won, Son Son is a versatile horse. When he is fit, Son Son will run any at distance. He ( Son Son) came out of the race well and I am happy for that, very happy.

“Earlier this week in training, he did more than I wanted him to but he still came and performed and won. The plan coming into the race was to sit and wait on the speed and then to kick up the lane.

“Now, after this win, we are going to take it day by day with Son Son. He is now at the Overnight Allowance level, which is a very competitive class, probably the most competitive in racing right now, so we will prpare and just wait and see how Son Son responds,” Smith told The Supreme Racing Guide.

Stanislaus (Ryan Nelson) shot into the early lead over Talented Tony K and Dragline (Simon Husbands) as Son Son was held off the pace by Oneil Mullings.

Son Son then began to make a move running the half-mile turn when he was rounding horses at a rapid rate. Coming into the lane, Talented Tony K on the inside rails looking strong on the lead with Son Son bursting through horses and the two were at it in a brief battle.

Inside the final furlong, Son Son found the upper hand and began to edge away but had to hold off the late challenge from JamalJames and a rallying Talented Tony K.


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