Blue Vinyl Dominates Kingston Caymanas Feature

BLUE Vinyl set himself up as a strong contender for the upcoming Classic race series with a dominating performance to win the second edition of The Kingston’s $3 million seven-and-a-half furlong (1,500m) event at Caymanas Park on Sunday.

Trained by Patrick “Wacky” Lynch, Blue Vinyl – running with blinders off – crippled his rivals from deep to win the Graded Stakes competition for local-bred three-year-old colts and geldings by 3 ¼ in length in a new record of Stakes time of 1:32.4.

Jockey Raddesh Roman detained blue vinyl (Bernese identityBlufield) late at the start of the race but got into a striking position leaving the marker six furlongs (1,200 m) in the race in third place behind EmperorofCats (Andre Martin) and PC choice (Andre Powell).

blue vinyl continued to bide his time as he navigated the half-mile (800m) bend, but when he got the open on the inside rails at the top of practice, the chestnut colt exploded like a cannonball cannon fire, moving away from rivals to secure his second win in seven career starts.

Perfect Brew (Dick Cardenas) came in strong for second place, a nose ahead supreme song (Tevin Foster) who came a long way behind in third place.

“I just ran the race as instructed by the coach and that made us victorious. The plan was to get a clean break, relax him [Blue Vinyl] as much as I can during the race – no matter where I am in the race – and just ride it on the last two stages,” Roman said.

Dane Dawkins, who rode four winners the previous race day, brought home two more winners for the weekend to take jockey honours. Dawkins won on board Dodge this link in the third race for trainer Ian Parsard and That’s what Itiz for trainer Gary Subratie in the fourth race.

No trainer had won more than one race on yesterday’s nine-race card.

Racing continues on Saturday.

—Ruddy Allen

Jack L. Goldstein