All eyes on Black Rock
Luther G Miller’s Black Rock, the champion two-year old of 2016, will be looking to reproduce that form Saturday in the George Corbin Handicap going 7.8 furlongs at the Garrison Savannah.
The bay three-year-old colt by Moon Solitaire has had two winless starts for 2017. Having finished second to classy filly Miss Megyn on January 14 in the Realtors Trophy going the sprint distance of 1100 meters, he had stepped up to the mile trip of 7.8 furlongs on February 11 and finished a disappointing fifth of sixth starters in the Grandstand Posse And Bubba’s Sports Bar Classic Trial which was won by top class filly Fleurette.
In Black Rock’s last win on Boxing Day 2016, he had sprinted from an unbelievable 20 lengths in last place to take the lead and win the Boxing Day Nursery Trophy going 7.8 furlongs. Black Rock has drawn starting stall number 1 for Saturday and will have top jockey Rickey Walcott in the saddle with the top weight of 124 pounds. With consistent rain this week Black Rock could post his first win for 2017 as he likes it on the soft side.
Unbeaten three-year-old filly for 2017 Fleurette has been withdrawn for Saturday causing some disappointment to race fans. But they could be in for a treat when another unbeaten three-year-old filly for 2017 taking entry in Miss Megyn. The Sir Geoffrey Cave-owned filly has won a hattrick of starts for 2017 with her major win coming on January 14 in the Realtors Trophy defeating Black Rock. In her last effort she won over the consistent colt Burbon Street on February 4 in the Darling Condition Race going 1100 meters.
Miss Megyn will be tackling the mile trip of 7.8 furlongs for the first time and there is no doubt she will stay being of the champion stallion of 2016 Janak. The Steven Bynoe-trained filly will be ridden by 2016 champion jockey Rasheed Hughes and will take the second top weight of 123 pounds.
Horse number four Legion from the 2016 champion trainer Victor Cheeseman’s barn could be one to watch. After breaking his maiden on Gold Cup Day in fighting fashion in only his third start, he could be the one to upset the chances of the top two in Mrs Megyn and Black Rock. Legion had won over first time starter Fairlie in the Villa At Sandy Lane Trophy on March 4, Sandy Lane Gold Cup Day. The son of 1999 Barbados Guineas winner Devil Woman will carry 119 pounds and his regular partner will be jockey Antonio Perch.
The father and son team of Steve and Allan Madoo fresh from winning the 2017 Gold Cup with Dorsett, will have entry D Girlz Dem Sugar in the 7.8 showdown. D Girlz Dem Sugar handed in his winning certificate on January 14 defeating Vencedor. Since that victory he returned to finish fourth to Fleurette in the Grandstand Posse And Bubba’s Sports Bar Classic. De Girlz Dem Sugar will be ridden by 2017 winning jockey Jalon Samuel. The rest of the field are Rockley, Soul To Soul, Jay B Cloud, Mascara and Oberoi.
The Charles “Smally” Small Memorial Handicap Race 5 going 1570 meters, the first Superfecta race of the seven-race card looks very tough for punters to pick the first four horses. Horse number four Flying South looks like the one to beat having come off two second place finishes in his last two starts. He will have Jalon Samuel aboard and will be carrying 124 pounds. Punters can look at horse number eight Midnight Chick to put among their first four home; he will have Rasheed Hughes in the saddle and 123 pounds. Time To Pray, a winner on February 4 at Saturday’s trip, failed to fire on Gold Cup Day going the long distance of 11 furlongs. He will feel very much at home back to his distance. Horse number 13 Summer Again could round off the first four home. He will have young jockey Delano Lopez astride.
Post time for Saturday’s seven-race card is 2.15 p.m.