Mamma Mia comes good, upstages rivals in Jamaica 1000 Guineas

By Sherdon Cowan June 03, 2023
Mamma Mia piloted to victory by Phillip Parchment in the Betmakers Technology Group-sponsored Jamaica 1000 Guineas at Caymanas Park on Saturday. Mamma Mia piloted to victory by Phillip Parchment in the Betmakers Technology Group-sponsored Jamaica 1000 Guineas at Caymanas Park on Saturday.
It was a display of grit and class worthy of a Classic triumph by Jason DaCosta's Mamma Mia, who outlasted her favoured stablemate Thalita in a stirring stretch duel to win the Betmakers Technology Group-sponsored Jamaica 1000 Guineas over a mile (1,600m)  at Caymanas Park on Saturday.
Mamma Mia had her limitations exposed by the now Peter-John Parsard-trained Bootylicious and Thalita in the Thornbird Stakes over seven furlongs (1,400m) on April 8 and The Portmore on May 26 over seven and a half furlongs (1,500m) respectively, but was not to be denied on this occasion.
Ridden by the bustling Phillip Parchment, Mamma Mia won the Futurity contest for native-bred three-year-old fillies by two lengths in a flat 1:39.0, after splits of 23.1, 45.1 and 1:10.3. Thalita (Dane Dawkins) was second sigh All For Love (Omar Walker) and and another DaCosta trainee Gahly Gahly Links (Paul Francis), completing the frame.
"She has always been a class horse, she had her problems but we took our time with her and I am really happy that she came won. It look like Thalita was going to win easy, but Mamma Mia really dug in deep and both of them did tremendously well. They ran their hearts out and again I am very happy with both riders," DaCosta said in a post-race interview.
Mamma Mia, running from the number three draw in the 12-horse field, broke well and as expected assumed the early lead with Thalita, Acknowledgeme (Oshane Nugent) and Bootylicous (Reyan Lewis) in close pursuit.
They remained tightly bunched leaving the six furlong pole and headed toward the five where Thalita and Dawkins signalled intentions, as they flashed by Mamma Mia at the half-mile and was seemingly well on the way to victory.
However,  Parchment and Mamma Mia were brave and rallied to join Thalita in the stretch run where they battled tooth and nail. It wasn't until they arrived at the furlong pole that Mamma Mia asserted her authority and moved away to draw first blood in the Triple Crown series.
DaCosta, also won the seventh event with I am Fred (Reyan Lewis) and the ninth with She's A Mirage (Anthony Allen) to top all trainers, while Matthew Bennett, who won the fourth event abroad Sir Kel for Ryan Darby and the fifth with the Marlon Campbell-trained March and Shoot, topped all riders.
Racing continues on Sunday with the running of the 2000 Guineas. Post time on the 10-race card is 11:45 am.

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