I Am Fred poised for World Vet Day Trophy | Loop Jamaica

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Jason DaCosta’s United States-bred I AM FRED is the ante-post favourite for Saturday’s World Vet Day Trophy feature race at Caymanas Park, facing champion trainer Anthony Nunes’ CURLIN’S AFFAIR among eight rivals at a mile.

DaCosta extended his lead to $1.8m over Nunes in their stakes battle last weekend, saddling one winner, LUKSOL, while the champion trainer’s FURTHER AND BEYOND failed to fire under topweight, finishing fourth in the Viceroy Trophy.

I AM FRED won a heated stretch battle with CURLIN’S AFFAIR to secure third behind RUNAWAY ALGO in the Easter Sprint Cup at five and a half furlongs on April 18.

Carrying topweight 126lb, I AM FRED allowed CURLIN’S AFFAIR seven pounds in the fast-run race in which RUNAWAY ALGO made all to turn back MAHOGANY in 1:05.2.

I AM FRED was only three-quarter length behind runner-up MAHOGANY at the finish, both allowing RUNAWAY ALGO nine pounds. Returning five pounds lighter at a mile, I AM FRED should again get the better of CURLIN’S AFFAIR who is back at the exact weight of 119lb with Robert Halledeen.

Though CURLIN’S AFFAIR is a versatile runner – having won sprint, middle-distance and route races – I AM FRED has to be given the advantage at the trip and reduced handicaps with favourite rider Phillip Parchment aboard. The foreigner beat EXCESSIVE FORCE and LEGALITY at seven and a half furlongs in an overnight allowance on December 4.

CURLIN’S AFFAIR was beaten by LEGALITY when making his overnight-allowance debut on February 6 at seven furlongs three Saturdays later.

EXCESSIVE FORCE has won twice since losing to I AM FRED in December, the latest being last Saturday when taking down FURTHER AND BEYOND in the Viceroy Trophy.

The World Vet Day Trophy is the 10th of 11 races scheduled. First post is 11:25 am.

CAYMANAS PARK TIPS

Race 1 – 1100m
Tocatbetheglory (7), Little Grovy Thing (10)

Race 2 – 1200m
Azaria (4), Den Street (7)

Race 3 – 800m St
Maggie’s Boy (3)

—-Race 4 – 1400m
Bin Laden (3)

Race 5 – 1000m St
Heart of a Lion (10), Jahsendblessings (1)

Race 6 – 1000m St
Poker Star (7), Hail Mary (14)

Race 7 -1000m St
True Bravado (10)

Race 8 – 1600m
Santorini (8), Clasical Orb (1)

Race 9 – 1200m
Danny Spud (5), Chennai Express (10)

Race 10 – 1600m
I Am Fred (8)

Race 11 – 1600m
Subbie (6)

BET OF THE DAY

Race 7 -1000m St
True Bravado (10)

Race 10 – 1600m
I Am Fred (8)

Race 11 – 1600m
Subbie (6)