Caribbean jockeys riding high

EDMONTON, Canada- Barbadian riding star Rico Walcott and young Jamaican Shamaree Muir swept the money-added events at Northlands Park during the weekend, as Caribbean jockeys continued their domination at the Alberta racetrack.

Rico Walcott was among the Caribbean riders who had a good weekend in the saddle in Canada.

Walcott, the season-leader and six-time reigning champion, captured the CAN$50 000 two-year-old Filly Sales Stakes when he partnered 2-1 chance Raider to victory in the 6-1/2 furlong trip in race eight.

Earlier in race three, Muir partnered with 7-1 choice Regal Max to win the $50 000 two-year-old Sales Stakes, also over 6-1/2 furlongs.

Jamaican Dane Nelson also weighed in on Saturday’s nine-race card with a brace, winning race five with 3-1 bet Long Time Don before returning to take race six with 2-1 choice Some Gave All.

Walcott dominates the current standings with 66 wins, 28 clear of second placed Trinidadian Keishan Balgobin, with Nelson lying third on 31.

Muir is fifth on 22 wins.

It was the 22-year-old who first secured his stakes success when he combined with the two-year-old bay gelding Regal Max to trounce the two-year-old colts and geldings foaled in Canada.

Regal Max chased pacesetters Stripling Warrior and Smoke Boss before getting to the front in the stretch and drawing off to win commandingly by eight lengths in a time of one minute, 20.16 seconds.

Walcott, meanwhile, used a stalking ride aboard two-year-old filly Raider to beat the two-year-old fillies foaled in Canada, by three lengths.

Bitters produced the early fractions before Walcott bid with Raider at the top of the stretch, hit the front mid-stretch and romped to the wire in 1:19.04. 

Source: (CMC)

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