While the Actspectation and Timber Yield was the big race, Blackberry
Sting on the outside, came back to nose out Eddie Nathan in their 7
Actspectation's streak continues with another win over Timber Yield
By DEAN GREENAWAY
Actspectation easily stretched his winning streak to 16 Sunday, after a 15
length victory over rival Timber Yield in their rematch at the Little A.
Race Track. Leading from start to finish, the Virgin Islands top horse
covered the 1-mile race in 1:41-2/5, prompting owner Bob Hodge to say "Send
another one come."
Hodge said he wasn't worried about the race. "I know Timber Yield is
suppose to be a better horse on paper, but, on the race track, my horse is
the better horse," he said.
Early in the race, Timber Yield's jockey James Bruin knew they were in
trouble. "We wanted to take the lead right out of the gate but it couldn't
happen. Actspectation wouldn't let us," he explained. "Act out broke out on
us a little bit. We hit the first turn running and we broke right on top of
the turn. Timber Yield is a big horse and he had a little bit of trouble
making the first turn, because we dead run into it. By time we turned up
the backside, Actspectation just opened up on us and he just beat us. He
beat us bad."
Said Hodge's wife Letty; "Our strategy was to kick his butt, that's all. We
know the horse cannot beat us. I'm not saying that Actspectation would not
lose a race, but Timber Yield, he won't be the one. No horse is going to
set our pace. Actspectation will set the pace."
Bruin said he could give an excuse for Timber Yield. "He seemed to be OK.
Last time when he ran here against Actspectation he got very tired and we
got beat by four or five lengths. Today he beat us pretty handily."
Bruin anticipated a good race. "I thought it would be a very close race.
Even if we didn't win, I thought it would be a down the stretch duel," he
said. "But he ran off and left us pretty easy."
After winning in St. Thomas with a track record in his last outing, Timber
Yield's owner Andrew 'Akbar' Frett said his horse came out flat and didn't
give the race he expected. He planed to bring in a veterinarian on Monday
to evaluate his horse. "He just didn't run today. He got beat and there's
no excuses. I'm going to have to go to the drawing table and see what's
wrong with him."
Frett said he was confident his horse would run a better race than in the
first meeting. "But, it looked like it got worst. There's a problem
Three St. Thomas horses were victorious. Syberian Jewel tamed Mountain Man
at seven furlongs. Black Berry Sting came from behind and nosded out Eddie
Nathan in 1:32-2/5 over seven furlongs. Two Delicious was a wire to wire
victor over Honest Past, covering a mile in 1:46-3/5, while Wally turned
back Supremacy over seven furlongs in 1:28-1/5.
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