By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
Despite St. Thomas horses pulling out of Sunday’s races at the Ellis Thomas Downs affecting the quality of the fields, it had no effect on the feature race where the battle was between local horses lead by favored Really Up Town, Apollo Sky and Kanavayen.
Apollo Sky broke from the gate with a lead, then easily went on to a gate to wire victory by 6½ lengths, handing Really Up Town his second loss of the year in the 7 Furlongs feature.
Really Up Town who broke the gate in last place behind Kanavayen, ran from the back in the race sponsored, but wasn’t a factor and not threat to Apollo Sky.
Jockey Kerwyn John had Apollo Sky in control of the race throughout and won in 1 minute 30.4, with Really Up Town finishing second after Kanavayen lost ground in the latter half of the race.
“The horse ran awesome today and I’m just speechless,” John said, who gave The Boys Stables in three of six races on the card. “He came out strong, I got my position in the race on the rail and controlled the whole race. I only asked him for something after turning for home.”
John picked up his third victory when he guided Halo’s Midas Touch to a half lengths victory over Trading Secrets in the $4500 race over 7 Furlongs for Class A and B Horses, with a time of 1:31.3, after a powerful stretch run.
In its duel with Southern Dunn, Miss Homer went gate to wire in the 6½ Furlongs sprint for Class B and C Horses and Mares and Fillies to win in 1:25.2. St. Thomas’ Pa Pa Perfect and Selena’s So Mad were both scratched. The race had a $4000 purse.
Mark It Wynn opened the program with a comfortable victory in the 6½ Furlongs race for Class D horses, negotiating the $3500 race in 1:26.2. He was followed by debutant I’ll Buy with Good Boy Daddy placing third ahead of Power Ten. True Essence was scratched.
Star Ship Titan won its second successive 7 Furlongs race by holding off Sin Mirar Atras to win the $4000 race for Class C and D Horses in 1:31.4. Warrior’s Cove and Appealing Son, both of St. Thomas were scratched.