Sun | Apr 18, 2021

She’s A Wonder delivers in Thornbird Stakes

Published:Thursday | April 8, 2021 | 12:27 AMAinsley Walters/Gleaner Writer
She’s A Wonder (left), ridden by Dane Nelson, in action at Caymanas Park on Saturday, February 6.
She’s A Wonder (left), ridden by Dane Nelson, in action at Caymanas Park on Saturday, February 6.

SHE’S A WONDER made short work of rivals, a little over 10 lengths to be exact, easily winning the seven-furlong Thornbird Stakes with runner-up ACTION ANN looking on from a different world yesterday.

Partnered by Reyan Lewis, the speedy filly (Bern Identity-Jamaican Dream), a half-sister to former grade one winner Boy Wonder (Traditional), quickly recovered from a sluggish start to join old rival HOIST THE MAST and SURE CURLIN after the first furlong.

HOIST THE MAST tried putting on a brave face, with SHE’S A WONDER tracking on the bridle, but had no answer when Lewis gave the Jamaica Two-Year-Old Stakes runner-up a bit of rein leaving the three-furlong pole.

Let loose coming off the home turn, SHE’S A WONDER turned on warp speed to sprint clear, winning unchallenged in 1:26.4, a performance which all but has June’s 1000 Guineas in trainer Ian Parsard’s trophy case.

ACTION ANN, the March 13 Hot Line Stakes winner, got a baptism of speed, never better than fourth, down the backstretch and into the lane, before going past a weakening HOIST THE MAST a furlong out to secure second behind the 3-5 favourite.

SHE’S A WONDER closed back-to-back winners for Ian Parsard under whose care four-year-old DEJAE’S BOY has transformed into a middle-distance runner since leaving the barn of the late Wayne DaCosta at the back end of last season.

OUT OF STEAM

DEJAE’S BOY collared RUM WITH ME, who tried to make all at seven furlongs off a four-month lay-up, but ran out of steam midway the stretch run after shaking loose of PRIMAL FEAR at the top of the lane.

Champion trainer Anthony Nunes also saddled two winners, the first being money-back favourite ACERO, in the five-furlong straight Mercury Sprint for three-year-old colts and geldings.

Nunes’ ONE OF A KIND, third and fourth in last season’s St Leger and Jamaica Derby, respectively, showed exactly how far out-of-class he was against overnight allowance company, making a sweeping move from three furlongs out to run past rivals midway the straight in the 10th event at seven furlongs.

ONE OF A KIND clocked 1:26.0 with joint champion jockey Dane Nelson aboard, almost a full second faster than SHE’S A WONDER’s annihilation of rivals in the Thornbird Stakes in the previous event.

Co-champion Anthony Thomas outdid Nelson with two wins, DEJAE’S BOY and 4-5 favourite ELITIST, who overhauled ANOTHER PROSECUTOR in the sixth to give Jason DaCosta his first winner on local since recently taking over his late father’s string.

Nelson, however, holds a three-win lead over Thomas at the top of the jockeys’ standings heading into this afternoon’s nine-race card.

ainsley.walters@gleanerjm.com