Sports

Chace The Great now with the 'big boys'

Wins feature in gate to wire run

BY RUDDY ALLEN
Observer staff reporter

Sunday, June 18, 2017



Despite the heavy downpour of rain over the last few days, Chace The Great revelled in the sloppy underfoot conditions to record his second victory this year as he led from the start of the six-furlong (1,200m) feature event at Caymanas Park yesterday — the $1.25 million Thoroughbred Hall of Fame Stakes Trophy. and try as his six rivals may, they could not peg him back.

Chace The Great (Jevvanne Erwin), wearing a one-cup blinkers to assist inb curtailing his habit of acutely drifting to the stand rails coming down the straight, took off from the number four position and was never challenged throughout. Although, Lottery Ticket (Dane Dawkins), running for the first time in Open Allowance, came on strongly in the last furlong from way behind, the winner had done enough to secure his victory. The win has now propelled Chace The Great to Grade 1 company where he will compete with the cream of the crop.

Chace the Great, 5-2 in the betting won by one-and-a-quarter lengths and was timed in 1:12.1 with splits of 22.3 and 45.3 seconds. Prolific Princess (Paul Francis), who also came with a strong run in deep stretch, ended in third position. Former champion sprinter Poker Star, who is struggling for form, finished a disappointing fourth as the 6-5 favourite under Omar Walker.

Chace the Great was the second winner of the 11-race programme for Chen and Erwin. The duo earlier teamed up with Market Sensation to win the fifth race over the five straight (1,000m) course.

Also with two winners was apprentice Dane Dawkins. Dawkins won aboard Late N Drafty for trainer Phillip Thompson in the eighth race and closed the show with Ray Ray for owner/trainer Fitzgerald Richards.

Racing continues next Saturday, with the Wisynco Group Limited-sponsored Boom Jamaica Derby the main event. The best native-bred three-year-olds will take centre stage in the Blue Riband event which carries a purse of $8 million. The Boom Jamaica Derby is run over 12 furlongs (2,400m), the longest race on the Jamaica racing calendar.

Nomination for the Boom Jamaica Derby takes place on Wednesday.

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