#GOLD CUP DAY: Blood Song upsets at 6-1 for trainer Patrick Fong, apprentice Romario Spencer

Apprentice Romario Spencer
Apprentice Romario Spencer

KINGSTON, Jamaica – A strong final rattle from well off the pace by Blood Song ridden by claiming apprentice Romario Spencer was enough to bring victory in the third race – an Optional Claiming event ($450,000 - $400,000) for owners Super Kids and trainer Patrick Fong as the 2019 Gold Cup race day continued at Caymanas Park.

Sotomayor the 6-5 favourite with Aaron Chatrie in the saddle went to the front immediately after the starter let them go in the one-mile contest.Sotomayor led easily until rounding the bend leaving the half-mile point when Luana (Anthony Thomas) surged ahead.

In the straight it was Luana in front but the four-year-old filly started to shut off and was eventually nabbed by Blood Song. Third went to Mirabilis (Reyan Lewis) with Sotomayor, the 2016 champion two-year-old, fourth. Sotomayor was claimed from the race for $400,000.

It was the second winner for Spencer this season and fourth for trainer Fong.

RACE 3 OPT CLM $450-$400,000 (3YO&UP) (NB5YO/NW3) 1,600M/8FUR 1:00 PM
Pos. No. Horse Jockey Odds Win Place
1 7 Blood Song Romario Spencer 6-1 $370 $98
2 9 Luana Anthony Thomas 4-1 $219
3 8 Mirabilis Reyan Lewis 6-1 $117
4 5 Sotomayor Aaron Chatrie 6-5
5 2 Ballon d'Or Christopher Mamdeen 7-1
TRAINER: Patrick Fong
Splits:24.3 x 48.2 x 1:14.2 - Time: 1:43.2 - Margins: 1 1/4 x 3 - 9 RAN
EX:$4,858 T/Fecta:3,805 S/Fecta:$16,494
D/E:$1,134 Triple:$4,104 Hi-5:c/o$49,576.80

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