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Kentucky Kris Dominates Diageo Special

Feb. 17, 2009 — He's back! Kentucky Kris, the former V.I. champ, exploded around the far turn in Sunday's featured race at the Randall "Doc" James Racetrack, the one-mile Diageo Special, to blow away the four-horse field in a time of 1:38.2.
It was the Kentucky Kris of old who dominated racing in the territory just a couple of years ago. According to reliable sources, minor injuries had kept him from delivering his best in recent races, but on Sunday he was firing on all cylinders.
All the horses got off well at the break except Dashing Pirate, who apparently suffered an injury to his right hind leg and had to be pulled up. The field was still bunched as the horses crossed the grandstand for the first time. But as they made their way around the clubhouse turn, two horses drew away from the field, locked in a speed duel at the front of the pack: Silver Horn with jockey Angel Stanley and Eltish Emerald with Junior Ojeda aboard.
They battled down the backstretch nose to nose with neither giving an inch. Bringing up the rear were Car Guy with Warren Knight in the irons and Kentucky Kris with Jose Rohena aboard.
As the horses approached the three-eight poles, Silver Horn slowly began to gain the advantage on Eltish Emerald, but coming from the back of the pack like a runaway freight train was Kentucky Kris. He collared the front runners midway around the far turn and blew by them as if they had stopped.
For all intents and purposes the race was over at that moment, because when Kentucky Kris hit the top of the stretch, he really opened up on the field, and continued to do so as he approached the finish line ahead by some nine lengths. Silver Horn held on for second, with Eltish Emerald three lengths back in third.
The rest of the day's results:
Race 1 7 ½ F Classes N-4&5
Time: 1:37.3
1. Emerald Star, Christian Soto
2. Tristitch, Elmo Barnes
3. Fightforyourrights, Angel Viera

Race 2 1 M Class I-5, Jockey
Time: 1:39.4
1. Heats on Fire, Christian Soto
2. PR General, Angel Viera
3. El Rollo, Junior Inirio

Race 3 7 ½ F Class M/F & I-6, Jockey
Time: 1:38.3
1. Fantastic Four, Elmo Barnes
2. Beautiful Move, Wilfredo Logano
3. Bright Moonlight, Christian Soto

Race 4 7 1/2 F Classes I-4 & I-5
Time: 1:34.1
1. Guiltless, Elmo Barnes
2. Halos Horn, Jose Rohena
3. Vocal Defense, Junior Inirio

Race 5 1 M M&F
Time: 1:41.1
1. Amazing Cat, Angel Viera
2. She's Got the Helm, Elmo Barnes
3. Get Ready Now, Junior Inirio
Race 6 7 1/2 F Classes I-2 & I-3
Time: 1:33.2
1. Man the Torpedoes, Junior Inirio
2. Formally Cat, Elmo Barnes
3. Emilin, Juan Almedina

Race 7 6F Open Race
Time: 1:11.4
1. Green Sand, Angel Viera
2. Puerto Rican Emblem, Christian Soto
3. Braheem, Warren Knight

Race 9 5 F N-6
Time: 1:04.2
1. Something Else Special
2. Cration Rebel, Izul Acosta
3. A'wi, Angel Viera

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