Uncle Vinnie and Summer Sun in big showdown at Caymanas Park
Trainer Gary Subratie’s UNCLE VINNIE and Wayne DaCosta’s importee, SUMMER SUN, meet for the third time in their last four outings, locking horns in Saturday’s overnight allowance at nine furlongs and 25 yards at Caymanas Park.
Even though local-bred UNCLE VINNIE had the better of SUMMER SUN in back-to-back races, at seven and a half furlongs and a mile, respectively, the American enjoys two-turn events, having recorded the first two of his four career wins at nine furlongs and 25 yards.
A showdown is expected between the two barns, which have owners, Subratie’s Michael Bernard, and SUMMER SUN’s Carlton Watson, battling for the owners’ championship. Watson, who leads Bernard by a paltry $69,700, also owns speedy SERGEANT RECKLESS, the mare expected to keep UNCLE VINNIE honest on the lead.
However, UNCLE VINNIE has shown good form at exercise and on raceday against Superstakes-placed horses, stablemate SENTIENT and TOONA CILIATA. UNCLE VINNIE got the better of SENTIENT at exercise in a pre-Superstakes workout, clocking 1:13.3 for six furlongs.
Prior to that September 30 gallop, UNCLE VINNIE had chased home TOONA CILIATA at a mile on September 14. TOONA CILIATA scored a four-length victory and placed second to SHE’S A MANEATER, three weeks later, in the Superstakes whereas SENTIENT finished third.
Leading rider, apprentice Christopher Mamdeen, is aboard UNCLE VINNIE whereas his batchmate, Raddesh Roman, rides SUMMER SUN in the 2:15 p.m. event.
First post for the 10-race card is noon.