SOURCE: CMC- Barbadian Saffie Joseph Jr took some of the honours at Belmont Park at the weekend as Gibberish produced an upset to win the US$150 000 Turn Back the Clock Handicap
Confidently ridden by Dylan Davis, the 3-1 choice stalked the leaders before getting to the front at the top of the stretch, dominating the final furlongs to reach the wire 3-¾ lengths clear of the field in a time of one minute, 51.93 seconds.
Eight-to-one chance So Damn Hot was second while 6-1 bet Jilted Bride came from off the pace to be third.
Favourite Miss Marissa, who led early on, faded badly in the stretch and finished five lengths back in fourth.
“We knew who the horse to beat was and we knew Gibberish can be forwardly placed,” said Joseph’s assistant, Sarah Shaffer.
“The idea was to be close to that but if there was not much pace in front, we weren’t going to restrain our filly. We wanted her to go to the front and get into a comfortable stride.
“We had another horse kind of creep up in there and put the pressure on, and it set up beautifully for her.”
Going a mile and eighth for the three-year-old and upward fillies and mares in race three on Saturday’s programme, Davis settled Gibberish on the outside in third as Miss Marissa out-duelled Firing Carol to post fractions of 23.56 for the quarter and 47.22 for the half.
On the far turn, Dylan ranged Gibberish up to challenge Miss Marissa as So Damn Hot also made her move. Once the race swung for home, however, it was Gibberish who had all the running and Davis kept the four-year-old filly to task to erase any doubt about the result.
Barbadian Jalon Samuel, 27, a five-time Sandy Lane Gold Cup winner in his native country, also tasted success on the 10-race card, winning race two over six furlongs with 6-1 chance Stella Mars.