Patriarch is the father

Observer staff reporter

Sunday, October 21, 2018

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Patriarch, the Anthony Nunes-trained bay colt made an astonishing comebackto competitive racing when he smashed rivals by four lengths in a near-equalling Stakes record time in the $1- million Ahwhofah Sprint feature at Caymanas Park yesterday.

The Casual Trick Electrifying offspring, who was out of action from December of last year due to injuries, showed no signs of ill-health after 298-days away and posted a 1:11.4 thriller in the Overnight Allowance event over six furlongs (1,200m). The time was just two-fifths of a second slower than the Stakes record of 1:11.2 set by stable companion Siempre Bueno last year.

After a couple of strides leaving the starting gates, Patriarch (Dick Cardenas), with a burst of espeed, surged to the lead and began to open up on the field at the half-mile (800m) marker.

With no challengers approaching the final bend, Cardenas, using only hands and knees, sent Patriarch for home, and the far-striding bay colt accelerated and powered home easily for his first win as a three-year-old and fifth overall from six starts.

Zephyr (Shane Richardson) came through for second place ahead of Soy El Se or (Radesh Roman) and Poker Star (Orlando Foster) in the 13-horse field.

It was the third winner on the card for both Nunes and Cardenas. Nunes' other winners were Ballon d'Or (Linton Steadman) in the fourth race and Necromancer (Cardenas) in the eighth race — the Miracle Cure Sprint, while, Cardenas also won aboard Storm Princess for trainer Steven Todd in the ninth race.

Todd saddled Sly Stalloon (Christopher Mamdeen) in the sixth race and Woodhouse (Tevin Foster) in the 11th and final event for his three-timer as well.

Earlier on the programme, American-bred Stranger Danger, with Orlando Foster in the saddle, won the Princess Popstar over five-and-a-half furlongs (1,100m) after being slowly out of the box. Second was his stablemate American Invader, another US import.

Anthony Thomas and Javaniel Patterson, who fell from their mounts Polly Flyer and Run Away Lava respectively in the first race, were stood down for the remaining races of the day. Both riders escaped major injuries and are clear to resume riding on Saturday when racing continues.

Two apprentices — Roger Hewitt and Carlos Blake Jr — won their first races yesterday. Hewitt won aboard Dreamingofanna in the third race, while Blake was successful with The Nextbigthing in the seventh race.

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