FANCIES The exotic bets start anew on tomorrow’s 11-race Caymanas Park programme after punters cashed in over the Easter weekend. Both Super-6s offer the guaranteed minimum of $750,000, the first commencing from race one through to race six, and the twilight six embracing race six to 11. We look at the first Super-6, which gets under way with a 4-y-o and up restricted stakes over 1700 metres to be contested by six starters, including the likely favourite BALLON D’OR, to be ridden by top apprentice Linton Steadman for top-line trainer Anthony Nunes. The former record-priced yearling at the 2013 TOBA yearling sale has finished second in his two recent races, failing by 1-1/2 to beat MIND SET over 1400 metres, a performance that gives him the edge over SHINE (running well) over what is a more ideal trip for him. The improving filly MAMETA, with Orlando Foster aboard, holds the key to the second race for maiden four-year-olds over 1100 metres following her good second to CHEXIMAKIT in the Al Gopie Memorial Cup over the straight last Saturday. MAMETA, a lightly raced 4-y-o filly by Storm Craft from the stables of Patrick Lynch, looked improved when running with Lasix for the first time six days ago and now pointed in the right direction, should lead home SONG ON TRACK and IAMALLABOUTTHEBEST in a field of nine. Six horses from the $250,000 $210,0000 claiming spread will contest the third race over 1500 metres. Down in class 4-y-o colt CAMOUFLAGE, with only 52.0kg for the services of 3.0kg claiming apprentice Bebeto Harvey, should have the measure of the consistent BATIDOR DE MUNDO with Jevanne Erwin aboard. These two look a cut above the others and it should be close between them. A field of 10 maiden three-year-olds is slated for the fourth race over 1100 metres, from which the well-forward debutante LOTTERY TICKET (Omar Walker up) is tipped to open her account right away. Trained by 15-time champion Wayne DaCosta, this 3-y-o bay filly by Seeking The Glory out of Just A Flutter has looked sharp at exercise, catching the eye on March 12 when galloping 1100 metres in a brisk 1:08.0 by 1:01.4. Only last Saturday, she looked easy in a 1000 metres gallop in 1:02.0, and with her preparation complete, should lead home fellow debutante AUNTIE RHONDA (Shane Ellis up) and FLYING MACHINE. The last two races in the first Super-6 should be won by another DaCosta-trained first-time runner RUNAWAY GAL, (working well) with Walker aboard, and recent winner FORCE DE JOUR under the improving apprentice Javaneil Patterson in the sixth race over the straight for high claimers. Their respective dangers are LIKE A LADY and BIG GEORGE. FIRST SUPER-6 (1) BALLON D’OR/SHINE (2) MAMETA/SONG ON TRACK (3) CAMOUFLAGE/BATIDOR DE MUNDO (4) LOTTERY TICKET (5) RUNAWAY GIRL/LIKE A LADY (6) FORCE DE JOUR/BIG GEORGE
When Artesia High quarterback Steven Roman graduates in the spring, perhaps Gahr coach Greg Marshall should consider being there in person to witness it because nobody in the area figures to be happier to see him leave. Roman scored on a 9-yard run with 52.6 seconds left in the fourth quarter and Antwon Hamilton intercepted a pass with just ticks left on the clock to help seal the win as the Pioneers came from behind to beat the Gladiators 28-24 in a nonleague game at Artesia High on Friday night. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “He decided he was going to do it all by himself at the end and nothing was going to stop him from scoring a touchdown. He’s a great player.” The score was 14-14 at halftime before Gahr scored 10 points in the third quarter to take a 24-14 lead on a 32-yard field goal by Edson Portillo and a 28-yard run by Treymayne Barra, who finished with 218 yards on 25 carries. But in the fourth quarter, the Pioneers (5-2) cut the Gladiators lead to 24-21 with 6:40 remaining on a 14-yard run by Derrek Wright. On its ensuing possession, Gahr (4-3) had a chance to put Artesia away but on fourth-and-5 from the Pioneers 41-yard line, Marshall elected to punt. Artesia took over at its own 15-yard line with 3:41 left and 10 plays later, Roman, who threw for 191 yards and two touchdowns, ran it in himself on a quarterback draw for the game-winning score. Last year, the Gladiators led 24-0 before Artesia rallied to win 28-24 in the final moments. “If we play 11-minute fourth quarters instead of 12, we would have beaten them two years in a row,” Marshall said. “But we’re not going to make excuses, they beat us and their quarterback did a great job. “I just wanted to keep my feet moving until I got in the end zone,” Roman said. “The most important thing is that we never gave up, even when we were trailing 24-14. We continued to play hard and in the end, our hard work paid off.” Junior running back Lequan Lewis also had a big day catching the ball for the Pioneers, hauling in four passes for 120 yards and a touchdown that came on an 85-yard pass from Roman in the second quarter. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!