ST LEGER: Wow Wow, Mahogany face off in big rematch
WOW WOW goes for the second leg of the Triple Crown at Caymanas Park on Saturday.
Trainer Gary Subratie’s WOW WOW goes for the second leg of the Triple Crown at Caymanas Park on Saturday, a 10-furlong St Leger rematch with Ian Parsard’s MAHOGANY, the gelding he ran down to convincingly win the 2000 Guineas two months ago.
WOW WOW, partnered by Robert Halledeen, is going for his 12th win in 14 starts, having been denied a 12th straight victory by the country’s top-rated horse, TOONA CILIATA, in a nine-furlong and 25-yard event after his Guineas triumph.
MAHOGANY, who led the July 26 Guineas in suicidal splits, ridden by Dane Dawkins, has six-time champion jockey, Omar Walker, with whom the speedster returned to outclass overnight allowance runners at eight and a half furlongs, getting within four-fifths of the track record in a 10-length win.
Speedy MAHOGANY has been catching birds at exercise, clocking 1:25.2 on a fast track last Sunday whereas WOW WOW galloped the distance in 1:29.0 the previous morning.
The top two are expected to dominate the 12-horse field in the highly anticipated rematch especially after MAHOGANY’s brilliant 1:43.0 in his warm-up victory.
WOW WOW’s loss to TOONA CILIATA, being allowed only eight pounds, was also a big performance, beaten by five lengths in a time of 1:53.3.
TOONA CILIATA had posted the exact time, 1:53.3, last November after finishing third in the Diamond Mile and second in the Superstakes, races won by SHE’S A MANEATER.
WOW WOW’s stamina is proven, having come from behind to catch MAHOGANY in the Guineas, closing eight lengths from the half-mile to win by three lengths. MAHOGANY carried 117lb in his impressive victory against overnight allowance runners but now sits level with WOW WOW at 10 furlongs, hoping he can use his speed to steal the St Leger.
The St Leger feature closes the 10-race card. First post is 12:10 pm.