KINGSTON, Jamaica - To date, there have been four editions of the Diamond Mile and Bigdaddykool has raced in three of those races and each time he had finished second. That’s three starts and three second place finishes.
This year, the horse regarded as the top stayer around seeks to improve his status by going one better and to this end leading trainer and the conditioner of Bigdaddykool Anthony Nunes has been meticulously preparing his charge for the Diamond Mile which is to be contested on Saturday, November 9.
The Diamond Mile is sponsored by Supreme Ventures Limited and the Betting Gaming and Lotteries Commission.
The last time Bigdaddykool faced the starter was on October 6 in the 10-furlong Lasco-sponsored Superstakes, where he finished fourth behind She’s A Maneater, stablemate Toona Ciata and Sentient.
Following his (Bigdaddykool) below par performance in the Superstakes Nunes confirmed that the off effort was partly due to his bleeding for the first time in a race after the administering of Lasix.
“Yes, I am confirming that Bigdaddykool during his run in the recent Superstakes bled for the first time in a race running with Lasix.
“As a result, he (Bigdaddykool) was not able to perform at his best, hence his fourth-place finish,” Nunes informed this publication.
Given this incident of bleeding in the Superstakes, Nunes then indicated that the issue had been dealt with and the expectation is for Bigdaddykool to be at his competitive best in the Diamond Mile come November 9.
“We have successfully managed to solve the bleeding problem concerning Bigdaddykool and since then he has been doing well at exercise in the mornings.
“’Bigdaddy’ is a tough competitor and is going to perform admirably as is usually the case in the Diamond Mile,” Nunes stated.
When asked who will partner his six-year-old bay gelding in the richest race of the year, Nunes made is known that in the saddle will be Robert “Hitman” Halledeen.