I Am Di One logs awesome win in the Jamaica 1000 Guineas

By Lance Whittaker April 13, 2019
Barbadian jockey Simon Husbands aboard I Am Di One moments after their Jamaica 1000 Guineas win at Caymanas Park. Barbadian jockey Simon Husbands aboard I Am Di One moments after their Jamaica 1000 Guineas win at Caymanas Park.

The huge filly I Am Di One dwarfed her rivals with a smashing win in the Jamaica 1000 Guineas on Saturday afternoon at Caymanas Park under a confident front-running ride from Barbadian jockey Simon Husbands. 

In only her second career start, I Am Di One beat the 6-5 favourite Lady Blue by 3-3/4 lengths in the J$3.5 Million (US$27,500) event as a 9-5 second favourite and propelled trainer Anthony Nunes to his third fillies Guineas triumph. Her eight-furlong winning time was one minute 40.20 seconds.

“It was fantastic. I had a wonderful trip with this filly,” Husbands told SportsMax.TV.

“After the first 3/8ths I got her to relax and into a good rhythm,” added the Canada-based 49-year-old.

From the No.2 box, Husbands broke I Am Di One smartly from the starting gates and quickly glided forward to challenge the frontrunners, securing a clear lead by a length at the half-mile.

The speedy Lady Blue from the barn of champion trainer Wayne DaCosta, tackled I Am Di One leaving the backstretch but Husbands – feeling the strength of the horse under him – stayed relaxed and maintained a narrow lead coming off the final bend.

The fractions were fast at 22.4, 45.1 and 1:10.00 and I Am Di One entered the homestretch with Lady Blue alongside her mounting a determined outside challenge.

Husbands easily repelled the Lady Blue test and darted into a three-length lead at the eighth pole.

The Adore the Gold/It Is I bay filly, who had won on debut by seven lengths in a Maiden Special Weight event just three weeks earlier, was unchallenged in the run to the finish as Lady Blue weakened and the 74-1 outsider Casual Drink closed on the inside for third a further length and a half behind.

“I asked her to quicken up a bit [when Lady Blue challenged], she gave me what I wanted and it was all over,” Husbands said.

Owned by a group that includes Barbadian Elias Haloute and Trinidadian Stephan Narinesingh, who were connected to Nunes’s previous Jamaica 1000 Guineas wins, I Am Di One is now likely to target the Triple Crown. Haloute was owner of Nunes’s first fillies Guineas winner Latonia in 2004 and part-owned their 2013 champion Selectabook with Narinesingh.

Nunes dominated Saturday’s card with a four-timer and has already logged 24 wins as the trainers’ leader this season.

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