Raeven Ranae surprises in 75th Bigga Jamaica Oaks

Running at odds of 8-1 under "big race daddy" Shane Ellis, RAEVEN RANAE created a mild upset in the 75th Bigga Jamaica Oaks, the third classic of the local horseracing season run over 1 1/4 miles at Caymanas Park.

Held off the early fractions dictated by Sparkling Michaelia (Percy Williams) and Bubbling Angeline (Winston Griffiths), Raeven Ranae was nowhere in sight leaving the 5/8ths pole, while Jamaica 1000 Guineas winner Queen Paula ( Andre Martin), was taken back when Sparkling Michaela suddenly quickened the pace leaving the half mile marker.

At this point, Griffiths had no choice but to urge Bubbling Angeline to go in chase and the race was on in earnest. Bubbling Angeline took over the lead rounding the 2 1/2 furlong marker and turned for home in front.

But no sooner had Bubbling Angeline assumed the lead, 2000 champion jockey Shane Ellis produced Raeven Ranae wide on the outside, and the filly finished strongest of all to catch and sprint away from Bubbling Angeline to win by 4 lengths. Bubbling Angeline had 10 1/2 lengths to spare over Also Correct (Dick Cardenas) who finished in 3rd.

The winner was prepared by former top flight jockey turned trainer Ftizroy Glispie who is a part owner. The other part owner is Hayden Thomas. The 3-year-old bay filly is by Seeking the Glory out of Raging Fury by Al's River Cat and is bred by 23-times champion breeder, Orange Valley Estates Limited.

Jamaica 1000 Guineas winner Queen Paula finished a disappointing 6th some 29 1/2 lengths behind the winner. Ellis and apprentice Davidan Robinson each rode a double to top the 11-race card.


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