By Kent Layne
Hot Favourite Poetic Licence was beaten by Donicodidit in the second leg of the Midsummer Creole Classic in front of a packed Garrison Savannah on Saturday.
Poetic Licence, who had beaten Donicodidit into second place in the second leg of the Guineas on April 28, seemed to have preferred the longer nine-furlong triple in the Midsummer.
As the gates flew Michael Jaxson went to the front like a shot from a gun with talented Jockey Shane Collymore in the saddle.
He was joined by Poetic Licence with Rickey Walcott astride. As they came down the straight for the first time Poetic Licence went on her merry way to the front as she always does with Michael Jaxson slipping to second position.
Over the hill approaching the three-furlong mark in was still Poetic Licence with Michael Jaxson starting to fade into third position.
Donicodidit with jockey Antonio Perch working hard, had tackled Poetic Licence from two furlongs out as the latter had no answer left and had to settle for second spot as Perch got up ahead of the pre-race favourite.
Donicodidit has now spoiled the hopes of a Triple Crown winner this year. It was the biggest win of Perch’s career and he will be thinking about the prestigious Derby next.
Both Perch and Donicodidit had bad luck last time out as they both fell, so this win has boosted the confidence of both horse and jockey.
English Rose ran a very good race to take third position with Summer again coming from dead last to run a very good fourth.
In the day’s supporting feature race the Saleh and Khiatila Mohammed Memorial Trophy going 11 furlongs, Knight Rider won by a short head over In The Pink in a very exciting battle with jockeys Antonio Bishop and Reshawn Latchman engaged in a stirring battle.
In another hotly contested race Rickey Walcott put down a gem of a ride on Sirus Black upsetting sprint kings Shared Adventure and Wild Cat Tea. Race fans around the track suggested Walcott had a clock in his head, so immaculately precise was his timing in the race.
Races paid handsomely Saturday with winner What’s Up Dude in the first race of the day, The Darling Condition Race for West Indian-bred three-year-olds, paying 70.40 for the $1 Trifecta.