Bank on Crucial Appeal in Race 10 at Caymanas Park
Ageing speedster CRUCIAL APPEAL takes a drop in class to race among optional claimers in Saturday’s closing event over 1000-metres straight at Caymanas Park.
The eight-year-old gelding raced among grade one horses as recent as November, finishing four and a half lengths behind CHACE THE GREAT in the 1200-metre invitational Caribbean Sprint, sharing topweight 126lb with the winner.
A specialist at 1000-metre straight, CRUCIAL APPEAL has run some of the fastest times recorded at the distance, coming within four-fifths of a second of the track record when clocking 56.3 seconds as a seven-year-old a year ago.
In his last run over the straight, among overnight allowance horses last December, CRUCIAL APPEAL made all to beat PRINCESS EMANUELLE by a comfortable length and three-quarter, posting 57.2, the best time since SIEMPRE BUENO’s 57.0 three weeks earlier.
Running on the round course in his first race this year, CRUCIAL APPEAL was beaten four and three-quarter lengths by ZEPHYR, SIEMPRE BUENO and MONEY MAGNET at 1100 metres, carrying 120lb.
Set to race with 121lb this afternoon, running three classes lower, CRUCIAL APPEAL is all but a sure thing at 121lb with Dane Nelson aboard, the rider who had piloted him to his last two victories at the distance.
His main rivals, LITTLE BIG HORN (117lb) and LOOSE CANNON (119lb), A.P.I. and SARAH LEE, running at 117lb each, are too close in the handicaps to the out-of-class speedster.
CRUCIAL APPEAL showed his well-being at exercise on Sunday, cantering out of the straight and galloping the last four furlongs in 47.0 seconds flat.
Post time for the closing event is 5:25 p.m.
The first of 10 races scheduled runs off at 12:20 p.m.