Lot­tery Ticket has the Cure

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORT - Orville Clake Gleaner Writer

THE IN­AU­GU­RAL run­ning of the Mir­a­cle Cure Sprint over 1100 me­tres and the annual re­newal of the Ab­bie Gran­num Me­mo­rial Cup for maiden two-year-olds over 1400 me­tres are the co-fea­tures at Cay­manas Park to­day.

Eight will face the starter in the Ab­bie Gran­num Me­mo­rial and in­di­ca­tions are that HENRY THE SEC­OND, who made a promis­ing de­but over the dis­tance be­hind FEAR­LESS SAMU­RAI on Oc­to­ber 17, will go one bet­ter with Robert Halledeen aboard.

HENRY THE SEC­OND ran a bit green on his de­but, yet stayed on well for sec­ond af­ter be­ing slowly into stride. How­ever, the son of Mir­a­cle Man has been taken to task at ex­er­cise since, gal­lop­ing 1100 me­tres in a brisk 1:07.1 last Sun­day morn­ing.

Trainer Ian Parsard says he has high hopes for HENRY THE SEC­OND in the re­main­ing two-year-old races and now fit­ted with the vi­sor (blinkers off), should use this race as a step­ping stone to big­ger things. SOTOMAYOR looks his prin­ci­pal dan­ger.

THe first run­ning of the Mir­a­cle Cure Sprint in honour of the 1998 Caribbean Sprint cham­pion who was owned by Dr. Paul Wright and trained by Philip Feanny, has at­tracted 14 three-year-olds (non win­ners of two), in­clud­ing three from the sta­bles of 15-time cham­pion trainer Wayne DaCosta.

They are LOT­TERY TICKET, the mount of sta­ble jockey Omar Walker, BLUE MOON and re­cent win­ner RUN­AWAY GAL, who looks the least likely to win in present com­pany.

LOT­TERY TICKET, a lightly raced filly by Seek­ing The Glory out of Just A Flut­ter, has moved im­pres­sively at ex­er­cise in prepa­ra­tion for this tro­phy, gal­lop­ing 1000 me­tres in 1:00.4 last Satur­day morn­ing. Fol­low­ing her good fourth to sta­ble-com­pan­ion GOLD MINER over 1000 me­tres some weeks ago, she is tipped to take home this tro­phy from the handy mark of 52.5kg. OCEAN SEEKER and LIKE A LADY are twin dan­gers, both hav­ing run well for sec­ond re­cently.

Other firm fan­cies on the card are

TI­TANIC to re­bound in the first race, PHO­TO­GENIC in the fourth, ETER­NAL JOY in the sixth and CHOO CHOO BLUE in the 10th.

LOT­TERY TICKET (Omar Walker).

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