Lot­tery Ticket gets up in time

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Orville Clarke Gleaner Writer

THE 8-5 favourite, LOT­TERY TICKET, got up in the nick of time to beat long-time leader LU­NAR ROCKET (5-1) by half-alength in the in­au­gu­ral run­ning to the Mir­a­cle Cure Sprint over 1100 me­tres at Cay­manas Park yes­ter­day.

Rid­den by lead­ing jockey Omar Walker for 15-time cham­pion trainer Wayne Da­Costa and co-own­ers El­iz­a­beth Da­Costa and Bruce Levy, LOT­TERY TICKET was kept off the early pace set by LU­NAR ROCKET and the chas­ing BLUE MOON (19-1).

Re­spond­ing to a bustling ride from Walker, a fur­long out, LOT­TERY TICKET fairly flew over the last 100 me­tres to catch LU­NAR ROCKET within shades of the wire, with her sta­ble-com­pan­ion BLUE MOON hold­ing on to third in a field of 14 three-year-old fil­lies.

A lightly raced sort, LOT­TERY TICKET, by Seek­ing The Glory out of Just A Flut­ter, was notch­ing her sec­ond win from five starts.

Ear­lier in the af­ter­noon, SO­TOMAYOR (5-1), rid­den by cham­pion ap­pren­tice Lin­ton Stead­man for trainer An­thony Nunes, floored the odds on the howl­ing 1-9 favourite HENRY THE SEC­OND to win the Ab­bie Gran­num Me­mo­rial Cup for maiden two-year-olds over 1400 me­tres by half a length.


The grey colt by Tra­di­tional out of Run­away Julie, went by HENRY THE SEC­OND from early in the straight and although the favourite ral­lied strongly in the clos­ing stages, SO­TOMAYOR was not to be de­nied.

He is co-owned by David Miller and Stephan Nari­nesingh and pro­vided Stead­man with the sec­ond of two win­ners on the card, the other be­ing LEG­ENDARY PLEA­SURE at 5-2 in the first race.

The best horses will be on show next Satur­day for the 38th run­ning of the Burger King Su­per­stakes over 2000 me­tres for a purse of $4.5 mil­lion. Ten en­tries have been re­ceived for the Su­per­stakes, in­clud­ing last year’s win­ner, FRANFIELD, from the Richard Azan sta­bles, two-time win­ner TYPE­WRITER and the reign­ing ‘Horse of the Year’, SEEK­ING MY DREAM.

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