Saratoga Sight, Bruce Wayne face off in Ren Gonsalves Memorial
Trainer Gary Subratie’s United States-bred, SARATOGA SIGHT, has the distance in his favour, but not the handicaps, even with leading rider, claiming apprentice Christopher Mamdeen, facing an improved BRUCE WAYNE in Thursday’s Ren Gonsalves Memorial Cup at 10 furlongs.
SARATOGA SIGHT ran really well in a route race on December 12, beaten by HOVER CRAFT at nine furlongs and 25 yards. However, BRUCE WAYNE returns six pounds lighter after rushing past SARATOGA SIGHT at a mile two Saturdays ago.
BRUCE WAYNE beat SARATOGA SIGHT by all of four lengths, despite the American getting first run on the leaders, appearing as though he would have swept past rivals after making his move at the half-mile marker.
BRUCE WAYNE straightened seventh and had to be shifted from behind six horses – eventual winner UNCLE FRANK, MY SISTER, MADAM SECRETARY, MY ELLE BELLE, LOTTERY TICKET and SARATOGA SIGHT.
Subratie blasted SARATOGA SIGHT at exercise Sunday morning, a half-mile gallop of 47.3, indicating he will be asking the six-year-old to go gate-to-wire in the eight-horse field, which he dominates with four runners.
Had he not been forced to change course in the stretch run, BRUCE WAYNE would have beaten SARATOGA SIGHT farther than four lengths. BRUCE WAYNE was really leaping inside the final furlong, distancing himself from SARATOGA SIGHT, finishing third behind UNCLE FRANK and subsequently disqualified MY ELLE BELLE.
When they sat level at 110lb late October, going a mile, SARATOGA SIGHT won a four-way photo with BRUCE WAYNE coming out worst. Getting seven pounds this time around, the local-bred has a grand chance of turning the tables with champion jockey Anthony Thomas summoned.
The Ren Gonsalves Memorial is the seventh of 10 races scheduled for the holiday meet, which opens with the Labour Day Trophy at noon.