Take Dontae over Dysfunctional in 10-furlong overnight allowance race
Champion Wayne DaCosta and perennial challenger Anthony Nunes, first and second, respectively, separated by $2m in this year’s trainers’ title race at Caymanas Park, clash in Monday’s 10-furlong overnight allowance.
Co-incidentally, leading rider, apprentice Anthony Thomas, is astride DaCosta’s DYSFUNCTIONAL on the Independence Day card whereas his challenger, former champion Shane Ellis, rides DONTAE.
Nunes’ DONTAE has been eased in the handicaps and gets more real estate after carrying topweight 126lb at seven and a half furlongs last week Saturday.
Though four-year-old DONTAE will relish the distance, if DYSFUNCTIONAL is left alone on the lead, the five-year-old pacer will get the trip.
However, DONTAE beat DYSFUNCTIONAL at seven and a half furlongs on March 18, running a pound lighter, the exact weight difference with which they renew rivalry.
DYNSFUNCTIONAL returns heavier out of his last race, by eight pounds, after stepping two classes down to beat $1 million claimers going seven and a half furlongs on July 8 whereas DONTAE has dropped six pounds after placing fourth behind JAMAI RAJA in overnight allowance.
The distance swings the advantage to DONTAE, whose two previous races were against grade one and open allowance company.
Returning off a three-month lay-up on June 30, he lost by two and three quarter lengths to HOUDINI’S MAGIC in the Viceroy Trophy at nine furlongs.
Post time for the event, the 10th of 11 races scheduled, is 5:15 p.m.
First post is noon.