Stranger Dan­ger takes aim at Dye Job fea­ture

Daily Observer (Jamaica) - - SPORT - BY RUDDY ALLEN Ob­server staff re­porter rud­[email protected]­maicaob­server.com

Stranger Dan­ger, an Amer­i­can-bred dark bay geld­ing, who was an en­cour­ag­ing win­ner on his de­but event 49 days ago, seeks win num­ber two when he takes on ri­vals in the Dye Job Sprint fea­ture at Cay­manas Park to­day.

The promis­ing gal­loper, from the barn of cham­pion trainer Wayne Da­costa, showed touches of class when he got up in the nick of time to beat stable com­pan­ion Amer­i­can In­vader by a head, go­ing five­and-a-half fur­longs (1,100m) on Oc­to­ber 20. Stranger Dan­ger was slowly into stride, but burst open in the straight for the em­phatic win in a good time of 1:06.0.

Stranger Dan­ger took a back­seat, in­stead of rolling for­ward like dur­ing his work­out gal­lops in the morn­ings, al­low­ing leader Amer­i­can In­vader to show the way with her usual dash of speed. For a sec­ond it looked like Amer­i­can In­vader would prove hard to over­haul, but once jockey Or­lando Fos­ter got Stranger Dan­ger to change through his gears, the Buf­fin - Ca­sual Kiss off­spring was un­stop­pable.

With that ex­pe­ri­ence and with the Dye Job half-a-fur­long (100m) longer, it should be much bet­ter off for Stranger Dan­ger, who is very dif­fi­cult to op­pose. Lead­ing rider An­thony Thomas will be in the sad­dle.

The Dye Job, a Re­stricted Stakes event for na­tive-bred and im­ported two-year-olds, will ven­ture over six fur­longs (1,200m) for a purse of $980,000. The race is po­si­tioned as the sev­enth event on the 11-race card with a post time of 2:15 pm. First race is at 11:20 am.

While it looks like a walk in the park for Stranger Dan­ger, one should not un­der­es­ti­mate the chal­lenges from oth­ers, es­pe­cially with a Tro­phy race at stakes as there are seven other ri­vals in the line-up that are ready to go.

Stranger Dan­ger has stable com­pan­ions Amer­i­can In­vader, Time For A Kola, Rid­dim Up and Don Julio as back up if he should put any foot wrong here. How­ever, of his stable com­pan­ions, only Amer­i­can In­vader looks likely to pose a chal­lenge.

Amer­i­can In­vader, a chest­nut filly, has raced twice, win­ning on de­but in Septem­ber and then fin­ish­ing sec­ond be­hind Stranger Dan­ger af­ter lead­ing from the off in tear­away fash­ion. With an ex­tra half a fur­long to travel, it seems Amer­i­can In­vader should again fall vic­tim to her stable com­pan­ion, but with first-time Lasix be­ing ad­min­is­tered, she will have to be caught.

Trainer An­thony Nunes has two run­ners — Juice Man and Uni­ver­sal Boss — in the mix of things and both are ex­pected to run well here given the na­ture of the race.

Uni­ver­sal Boss, a full-brother to the tal­ented Pa­tri­arch, showed a touch of class when win­ning on de­but (Novem­ber 7) trav­el­ling over five fur­longs (1,000m) on the round course. Look­ing a lit­tle rough around the edges, Uni­ver­sal Boss, how­ever, was the con­sum­mate pro­fes­sional and scooted clear to post an em­phatic vic­tory by just un­der three lengths in a good time of 1:00.3. Now Uni­ver­sal Boss moves up by one fur­long (200m) and only time will tell if he is able to deal with that quick ad­just­ment. One thing is for sure, he is go­ing to make a brave bid here.

Juice Man was no match for sta­ble­mate Co­ra­zon in the Pick-3 over seven fur­longs (1,400m), in which he fin­ished third, but he was seen coming on well in the straight. Six fur­longs is about right for Juice Man, but against the for­eign­ers his task is not easy.

Shack­leville is the other run­ner in the race but noth­ing can be said for this first-time run­ner from the sta­bles of Fitz­nahum Wil­li­mas.

Also on tap is the $900,000 An­drew H B Aguilar Memo­rial Cup, a maiden spe­cial weight event for na­tive-bred two-yearolds over one mile (1,600m).

Supreme Soul, half-brother to Big­dad­dykool, makes his de­but here and based on his prepa­ra­tion, he should get off the mark right away. Duke, Cairo and El Gringo are all ca­pa­ble of land­ing a blow here, but the race for them is for sec­ond money.

Ones to watch

Race 1) Twi­light Hero­ine/gen­eral Mubaraak/born To Live

Race 2) Mrs Awe­some/free­dom For Eds/ex­plo­sive Charge

Race 3) Tran­si­tion Time/dun­robin/ Lady Car­men

Race 4) Shalini’s Gold/jam­min/ Key Wit­ness

Race 5) Storm/stir It Up/cup O Tea

Race 6) Stranger Dan­ger/ Amer­i­can In­vader/uni­ver­sal Boss Race 7) Supreme Soul/duke/el Gringo

Race 8) Foot Sol­dier/late N Drafty/dus­sel­dorf

Race 9) Reign Over All/ Cam­ou­flage/gen­uine Ar­ti­cle

Race 10) Cerasini/pure Heart/best Adi­vce

Race 11) Resur­gence/k J Ex­press/ac­kee Pie

Nor­man Thomas) (Photo:

Stranger Dan­ger (Or­lando Fos­ter) af­ter a bad start gets up to nip stable com­pan­ion Amer­i­can In­vader (Omar Walker) on Oc­to­ber 20 over 5 1/2 fur­longs (1,100m).

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