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Speedsters must watch out for Big Big Daddy

Published:Thursday | February 9, 2023 | 1:36 AMAinsley Walters/Gleaner Writer
BIG BIG DADDY (left), ridden by Dane Dawkins, wins the ninth race at Caymanas Park, on Sunday, January 31, 2021.
BIG BIG DADDY (left), ridden by Dane Dawkins, wins the ninth race at Caymanas Park, on Sunday, January 31, 2021.

SPEEDSTERS SUCH as WILL THE CONQUEROR, THE GOOD WITCH, and SUPER DUPER could leave themselves exposed to closers in Saturday’s overnight-allowance sprint at five furlongs round.

Unraced since November, WILL THE CONQUEROR was forced to go as low as $750,000 claiming to beat SIR KEL at five furlongs straight last July. Though beating $1 million claimers in August, WILL THE CONQUEROR’s rivals – AZARIA and UNCLE FRANK – belonged nowhere near a five-furlong straight sprint.

WILL THE CONQUEROR subsequently showed prominently in three overnight-allowance sprints but faded in those events, finishing lame on October 22, and fifth behind GOD OF LOVE when last raced in November.

Other sprinters who appear suspect are THE GOOD WITCH and SUPER DUPER. THE GOOD WITCH is woefully inconsistent whereas SUPER DUPER, though a dogged sprinter, should have done better than finishing last behind YELLOWSTONE two Sundays ago.

Suspect sprinters, despite distance, give rise to horses with strong mid-race pace such as UNRULY BOSS, TAURUS BOY, BIG BIG DADDY, CHARMIN BEAUTY and JOHNCROWJEFF.

UNRULY BOSS’ recent form doesn’t look good on paper, almost next-to-last behind PERFECT BREW and BIG BIG DADDY on December 27, followed by a no-show due to lameness on January 21.

JOHNCROWJEFF’s training routine appears dicey whereas TAURUS BOY has been displaying roguish tendencies at the start of his races on the round course. CHARMIN BEAUTY has ability but lacks experience among overnight-allowance company.

The closer best fitting the bill, on form, is BIG BIG DADDY, who was spotted chasing BILLY WHIZZ down the backstretch and into the lane before SWEET MAJESTY ran through at long odds.

Having cut his teeth in the grade against crack middle-distance runners, BIG BIG DADDY can mow down the speedsters should they report short of their best form.