Jamaica Observer / Three -time champion jockey Dane Nelson reasserted himself after a lean period with a natural hat-trick of winners to highlight the 10-race programme at Caymanas Park yesterday. Nelson started his triple run in the seventh race when he overcame a slow start and several bumps during the race aboard Star to win a Restricted Allowance event by half-a-length.
Star , trained by Anthony Smith, nipped Lady Exotic (Jerome Innis) with Let It Snow (Oneil Beckford) in third place. Star recorded a time of 1:15.0 minutes.
In the next race, Nelson drove Yolove to a three-length win going six furlongs (1,200m). Trained by Oneil Markland, Yolove, who was settled in fourth spot after the break, came with a strong run on the outside in deep stretch to win ahead of My Angel Briannah (Phillip Parchment) and Newton’s First Law (Mellisa Ward) in a time of 1:14.1 minutes.
Then came the ninth race, the top-rated Overnight Allowance event on the day, and Nelson put Simply The Best in front and that was that, winning in a four-and-a-quarter-length romp going five furlongs (1,000m) on the round course.
With Talented Tony K (Shane Ellis) dropping two classes to contest the event, the quick sprint event was anticipated to be a walk in the park for him, but Nelson and Simply The Best had other ideas and kept their nemesis at bay from the get-go.
Although Talented Tony K pressed Simply The Best on the headline, he couldn’t keep up with the speed of the winner and eventually faded away.
Dragline (Dick Cardenas) came on strong for second place with Polly B (Shamaree Muir) in third place. The running time was 59.3 seconds.
Smith, who saddled Star in the seventh race, completed a double when Oneil Beckford won aboard Dallas in the 10th. Both Star and Dallas are owned by Mr J.P.S.