Sen­tient comes of age


SEN­TIENT, trained by Gary Subratie and owned by The Suc­cess Farms, turned in a su­perla­tive per­for­mance to win the $1.5-mil­lion Chair­man’s Tro­phy over seven fur­longs (1,400m) at Cay­manas Park on Satur­day (Septem­ber 26).

The four-year-old ch­est­nut colt bred by Strike­whileit­shot out of the Foot­loose mare Lady Gee­tadeo, eas­ily won the Open Al­lowance/graded Stakes event in an im­pres­sive time of 1:24.4.


At the off Univer­sal Boss (Dick Car­de­nas) went quickly in the lead but sta­ble companion Supreme Soul (Oshane Nu­gent) went by at the six-fur­long point, with Sen­tient – un­der An­thony Thomas set­tled in the third spot – watch­ing the first two.

The order re­mained the same go­ing around the half mile turn, and when they turned for home Supreme Soul, Univer­sal Boss and Toona Ci­laita (Dane Nel­son) went wide com­ing off the bend. Sen­tient, hug­ging the in­side rails and run­ning straight, pow­ered home to score by three parts of a length. Supreme Soul was se­cond and Ac­tion Run (Tevin Foster) third.


“The good thing with the rider An­thony Thomas is that he rarely gets him­self into trou­ble in a race. He rode a few win­ners for me and lost a few and I have never seen him get him­self into any se­ri­ous trou­ble, as he knows what he is about. The only in­struc­tion I gave him to­day [Satur­day, Septem­ber 26] was to get a good break and the race is yours. By tak­ing the in­side rails he gave Sen­tient ev­ery chance of win­ning and in the end, vic­tory was ours. I am very happy as Sen­tient had paid his dues over and over again so it is rather nice to see him win such a pres­ti­gious race as the Chair­man’s Tro­phy.”


“De­lighted, truly de­lighted. This was a great win by Sen­tient and I would like to thank the trainer, the groom and all oth­ers for pre­par­ing him so well for his run to­day [Septem­ber 26].

I give a spe­cial com­men­da­tion to jockey An­thony Thomas who rode a mag­nif­i­cent race by stay­ing on the rails. I am happy that Sen­tient, after some many good and en­ter­pris­ing runs, has reaped such a suc­cess de­spite the ob­vi­ous weight ad­van­tage to­day.”


Sen­tient on Satur­day, Septem­ber 26 proved that he is of sig­nif­i­cant worth de­spite be­ing out­gunned so many times in the past by the likes of Supreme Soul and Toona Cil­i­ata.

This was a defin­ing vic­tory for Sen­tient and the hope now is for him to de­velop even fur­ther.

Ac­tion Run who fin­ished third demon­strated that he is com­ing to grips with the Open Al­lowance grouping.


This was one of the few times that Toona Cil­i­ata has failed to run at his best in a race dur­ing his im­pres­sive ca­reer. The heavy im­post of 129 lb (59.0 kgs) must have played a part in his luke­warm per­for­mance.

We will just have to wait and see how he comes out of the race and what tran­spires when he goes up against Sen­tient once more, at which time the weight dif­fer­ence will cer­tainly not be as de­mand­ing as it was on Satur­day.

(pho­tos: Naph­tali Ju­nior & garfield Robin­son)

Sen­tient (An­thony Thomas) in full flight en route to vic­tory in the Chair­man’s Tro­phy on Satur­day, Septem­ber 26, 2020.

Trevor James, owner of Sen­tient, proudly dis­plays the Chair­man’s Tro­phy.

Trainer Gary Subratie (left) sad­dles Sen­tient.

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