The super horse She’s A Maneater emphatically toppled the ICool Juice Drink Superstakes field on Sunday under jockey Omar Walker to record her third consecutive win in the JA$6 Million (US$45,000) event at Jamaica’s Caymanas Park.

As the hot 1-5 favourite, Wayne DaCosta’s five year-old mare took control coming off the final bend and won by 3-3/4 lengths to become only the third horse – and first filly -- in the 41-year history of the event to win three years in a row. The 51-1 outsider Toona Ciliata stayed on for second and another three year-old Sentient (34-1) was a further length and a quarter behind in third.

She’s A Maneater clocked a fast two minutes, 05.40 seconds to own two of the fastest three times recorded for the 10-furlong trip in the last 14 years.

“She is something special,” winning trainer Wayne DaCosta said after the mare’s 23rd career win gave him his third Superstakes triumph. She’s A Maneater was just 0.40s slower than her winning run last year and 0.20s off Mark My Word’s winning time in 2010.

The 2019 Triple Crown winner Supreme Soul, the 5-2 second favourite, faded in the homestretch to finish sixth, 15 lengths behind the winner.

For the first half of the race, Ian Kong’s She’s A Maneater stalked the front-running Toona Ciliata while both Sentient and Supreme Soul raced within striking distance in third and fourth spots.

She’s A Maneater, the 2017 Triple Crown champion and horse of the year, edged closer to the lead leaving the half-mile while Sentient and Supreme Soul lost ground on the leaders.

Coming off the final bend, She’s A Maneater shot past Toona Ciliata and entered the homestretch with a clear advantage. Walker sparingly used his whip right-handed in the run to the finish as no challengers surfaced deep stretch.

“I was pretty confident, I got a nice break and saved the best for last,” said Walker after landing his third Superstakes, adding to Mark My Word (2011) and She’s A Maneater last year.

In the secondary JA$2 Million (US$18,800) Lyrix Soft Drink Invitational Mile, DaCosta’s unbeaten US-bred colt Stranger Danger crushed his rivals in a seven-length win in a stakes record 1:36.60 as Walker piloted the two big winners on the last day of the Lasco Superstakes weekend.

Stranger Danger won by seven lengths and stretched his winning streak to nine races. “He did it easily, and doing it with (a heavy) 57 kilos augurs well for the feature,” DaCosta said.

 

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Supreme Ventures Racing and Entertainment Limited (SVREL) has entered into a historic partnership agreement with the North-America based Monarch Group who will receive and market content from Caymanas Park’s race days.

Anthony Nunes, trainer of BigDaddyKool believes it is going to take something special for his charge to win the US$100,000 Diamond Mile this Saturday at Caymanas Park.

Top trainer Anthony Nunes is eyeing an upset win in Saturday’s fourth staging of the rich Diamond Mile at Caymanas Park to propel him to a first-ever trainers’ Championship title in Jamaican horse racing.

Runner-up to reigning champion Wayne DaCosta an irksome 10 times, Nunes has Oaks winner Fayrouz as a confirmed starter and his five-year-old gelding Bigdaddykool standing by – because of relative inactivity this year -- as a first reserve for the US$115,000 dollar event.

The post-position draw is set for Wednesday but regardless of which charges Nunes will have in CARICOM’s richest horse racing event, he knows he will have to upset the odds to win.

“She’s a Maneater has to be the favourite and Will in Charge a very close second favourite,” Nunes told SportsMax.TV.

Horse of the year and defending champion She’s a Maneater and improving Gold Cup winner Will In Charge are in a swift rematch after a gripping stride-for-stride duel in the November 10 Superstakes when the four-year-old filly won by a short head, snapping a three-race losing streak against Robert Pearson’s improved five-year-old.

She’s a Maneater and Will in Charge were 7-1/2 lengths better than third-placed Bigdaddykool in the Superstakes and Nunes knows only a vast turnaround in form for his recent Nigel Nunes Memorial Cup winner can see him interrupting the rematch.

“Those two horses are tough to beat but they run the races for a reason so we’re gonna train as if we’re gonna go in there and try and upset,” Nunes stated.

DaCosta has won every staging of the Diamond Mile so far using back-to-back victories with Seeking My Dream in 2015 and 2016 before She’s a Maneater’s flawless 6-3/4 length win last year ahead of the Nunes pair of Bigdaddykool and Houdini’s Magic.

Any desire Nunes had of unseating 17-time champion trainer DaCosta in recent years had been scuppered by these DaCosta Diamond Mile triumphs considerably boosting stakes earnings in the critical season-ending December period.

DaCosta enters the final month of the season with stakes earnings of JA$55.09 million (US$434,500) stalked by Nunes at JA$54.13 million (US$426,957).

“It (DaCosta’s Diamond Mile wins) impacted the trainers’ title race the last two years and it has affected us negatively, we ran second and third to She’s A Maneater in 2017 and Seeking my Dream the year before,” Nunes said, highlighting his identical second and third place finishes with the same horses Bigdaddykool and Houdini’s Magic consecutive years in 2016 and 2017.

Fayrouz was fourth in the Invitational Mile on Superstakes day beaten 7-1/2 lengths by DaCosta’s three-year-old colt Without Exception and appears -- on the strength of that effort -- a weaker Diamond Mile prospect than Nunes’s other nominee Bigdaddykool, who Nunes may use to displace the already qualified Fayrouz.

The management and staff of Supreme Ventures Racing & Entertainment Limited (SVREL) have expressed condolences to the family of former jockey Vassell Najair, who died on Monday following in a mishap at the Caymanas Park racetrack late last month.

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