Atomica is no match for Blue Vinyl | Sports

BLUE VINYL edged 1-5 favorite ATOMICA at the start of the stretch race, beating the filly by four and a quarter lengths in yesterday’s Jamaica St Leger by 10 furlongs, winning the ‘battle of the sexes’, closing in on a run of the glory of the Triple Crown.

Colt Bern Identity-Blufield, who won the 2000 Guineas by nearly 10 lengths, abruptly broke box 10 in the 13-horse field while 1000 Guineas winner ATOMICA twice encountered traffic problems before clearing the clubhouse bend.

Although ATOMICA recovered to chase and take the lead from BRINKS down the backstretch, BLUE VINYL moved smoothly into third and challenged the filly at three furlongs.

Dane Dawkins asked ATOMICA to speed up the turn at home but BLUE VINYL came out of the turn traveling harder and stuck the filly a yard and a half away, lengthening her strides as she sought shelter along the rail.

BLUE VINYL headed home in 2:07.3, handing Raddesh Roman his second classic win with the Patrick Lynch-trained colt at odds of 7-5.

BRINKS remained third, riding another brave run after finishing second against BLUE VINYL in the 2000 Guineas.

BLUE VINYL will seek to become the country’s 13th Triple Crown winner in the 12-stadium Jamaica Derby on August 6, while ATOMICA’s connections will have the option of challenging the colt again or maintaining dominance over the fillies in the Oaks 10 furlongs a day later.

Reyan Lewis and Robert Pearson combined for a two-stroke trainer jockey on the 10-race card, WILL THE CONQUEROR and OUR ANGEL, in races six and eight, respectively.

Phillip Parchment also rode two winners, opening the card aboard JJTHESTRIKER, before returning home AWESOME PRINCE in the third.

The races continue over the weekend with a Saturday-Sunday meeting.

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Jack L. Goldstein