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In praise of Shesamaneater

By Spencer Darlington

 

The brilliant three year old bay filly Shesamaneater created history three weeks ago when she became the first filly to land the local Triple Crown and the Superstakes in the same calendar year.

On Saturday she extended that feat by adding the ultra-rich diamond mile to her string of successes for this season with an imperious performance in the third staging of the event at Caymanas Park.

The manner in which she destroyed the opposition to finish just two-hundredths of a second outside the stakes record set by her stable companion Seekingmydream who won the first two editions of the Diamond Mile, has opened up a debate among racing fans and experts as to just how good this super filly is.

Since racing started at Caymanas Park in 1959 a number of really outstanding local-bred fillies have graced the second largest track in the Western Hemisphere.

If one looks at the modern era, we have had the likes of Hellopoochieloo, Thornbird, Simplymagic, Saintcecelia, Vestia, Kazhoshay,  Alsafra, and Ahwhofah, the dam of Shesamaneater.

Winning the Triple Crown itself is anything but easy, and it is for that reason that only two fillies, Simplymagic, in 2002, and Alsafra, in 2008, achieved this distinction prior to Sheasamaneater's achievement this season.

 Some persons may argue that, before they crown Shesamaneater the greatest ever local-bred filly they would rather prefer to see her carry top weight consistently and beat seasoned colts and geldings.

This will never be proven in some aspects though since top-rated horses stopped running with the previous maximum weight of 133 pounds approximately six years ago with Saintsecelia being the last.

However, for this small-framed filly to have gone on to take the Superstakes in spectacular fashion and return three weeks later to smash the field in the manner she did on Saturday in the English-speaking Caribbean's richest event, I would now have to list her as arguably the best ever native-bred filly to race at Caymanas Park.

 

A version of this commentary by Spencer Darlington was initially broadcast on RJR 94FM on Monday, December 4, 2017. It has been slightly modified for this website.

               

 


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