Tough battle looms between Uncle Frank and Saratoga Sight
A tough battle looms in Wednesday’s open allowance at Caymanas Park, pitting champion trainer Wayne DaCosta’s UNCLE FRANK against Gary Subratie’s SARATOGA SIGHT and HOUDINI’S MAGIC from the barn of stakes and wins leader, Anthony Nunes.
HOUDINI’S MAGIC is back down in class from another of his attempts at grade one company, finishing fourth behind SHE’S A MANEATER, WILL IN CHARGE and stablemate BIOGDADDYKOOL at nine furlongs and 25 yards in the Legal Light Trophy on May 18.
Nunes has another runner in the eight and a half furlong event, last year’s Oaks winner, FAYROUZ, who is out for the third time this season and has hardly done anything at exercise to suggest she should play any other role except probably being a pacesetter for HOUDINI’S MAGIC.
However, HOUDINI’S MAGIC is burdened with topweight 126lb, leaving him susceptible to the lighter horses especially United States-bred SARATOGA SIGHT, who is a mile specialist and up in class after winning his last race at 10 furlongs among overnight allowance company.
UNCLE FRANK is almost coming off a win in which he had SARATOGA SIGHT behind, finishing fourth, at seven furlongs on May 11. SARATOGA SIGHT had encountered problems in the stretch run, bumping into LOTTERY TICKET when challenging for the lead.
DaCosta has two other runners in the race including speedy DRUMMER BOY, who will be using his pace to set up the event for UNCLE FRANK with champion jockey Anthony Thomas.
Shane Ellis will partner HOUDINI’S MAGIC whereas leading rider, apprentice Christopher Mamdeen, has the leg up on SARATOGA SIGHT in the event, which is scheduled as the fifth of 10 races on the midweek card.
First post is 12:30 p.m.