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Walcott opens season with four wins
EDMONTON, Alberta---Six-time defend-
ing champion jockey Rico Walcott sent
an early signal to his rivals on Satur-
day's opening day of racing at North-
lands Park, riding four of the six win-
ners that were piloted by Barbadians.
Walcott led the way with four winners,
including one in the stewards' room, fol-
lowing a disqualification that erased a
victory on the track for Trinidad and To-
bago-born reinsman Keishan Balgobin.
Quincy Welch, a former multiple North-
lands champion, and teenaged emerging
riding talent Rey Williams logged the other
winners ridden by Barbadians at western
Canada's premier racing oval.
Walcott got off the mark, when he won
the CAN $11,000 second race going 700
metres on the dirt track, steering the 4-5
favourite The Edge of Time to a command-
ing 8 ?-length victory.
The Edge of Time, a five-year-old, chest-
nut gelding sprinted away from the gates,
drew clear through the turn and finished
in hand in the four-horse field with a time
of 37.91 seconds.
Welch followed up with a 3 ?-length vic-
tory on the favourite Classyshadesofgrey
in the CAN $22,000 third race over 700m
on the dirt.
Welch set the pace with Classyshade-
sofgrey and the five-year-old, grey mare
drew away in the stretch when asked to
clock 38.02 secs, just 0.23 secs off the
Walcott returned with dominant ride on
the 5-1 chance Phil Power to win the CAN
$9,800 seventh race, again going 700m on
Phil Power, a four-year-old, chestnut
gelding, broke alertly and was quickest
to the turn before Walcott drew him away
from the rest of the small field through the
stretch for a time of 38.41 secs.
Drama unfolded in the CAN $11,800
eighth race contested over 700m on the
dirt, when Balgobin took command early
on the 4-1 chance Dark Halo.
But Balgobin was not able to control Dark
Halo, when it drifted to the inside rail to
interfere with the path of Mianna, piloted
by Walcott, in the middle of the stretch
before edging away for a 2 ?-length victory.
Following an stewards' enquiry, the
5-10 favourite Mianna, a three-year-old,
chestnut filly, was awarded the race with
the official time of 39.11 secs.
Walcott overcame that episode to drive
4-5 favourite Forrest Gump to a 3 ?-length
victory in CAN $20,200 ninth race, also
going 700m on the dirt.
Forrest Gump, a three-year-old, dark bay
gelding, was quickest to the turn and drew
clear into the stretch to finish in 38.45 secs.
Williams brought the curtain down when
he logged a half-length victory astride the
8-1 chance Moonlight Crush in the CAN
$8,600 final race over 700m on the dirt.
He kept Moonlight Crush in striking
range before gaining the lead into the stretch
and getting the three-year-old, bay filly to
hold on under steady pressure to stop the
clock at 38.60 secs
The Love Doctor should
provide punters with
the right prescription at
Windsor tonight, when
David Evans' charge at-
tempts to make it third
time lucky in a 2-y-o
Novice Stakes over five
furlongs of a 'good to firm'
They do it right there, never over-water and so many
trainers are more than happy to take advantage of a pris-
tine surface; on so many occasions I've journeyed to this
picturesque Berkshire course, primarily to take advantage
of fast time-figures, achieved by juveniles.
Now it's not possible, nigh impossible, to undertake
200 miles return journeys on a sole mission because of
diabolical traffic chaos and, of course, age catches up with
us all; thankfully two racing channels provide a service
which enables one to espy the action but it is nothing
like 'being there' and I miss it terribly.
Walking courses, watching horses go to post, race-tim-
ing, engaging in conversation with knowledgeable train-
ers/jockeys, who subsequently provided ammunition for
readers, was my modus operandi for decades.
Twice-raced The Love Doctor would always have ticked
enough boxes; his recent effort, when a close fourth to
Sound And Silence at Newmarket, beaten just over two
lengths, is definitely the best form on offer.
Six of ten 'decs' haven't raced but in the long run it
pays to take advantage of experience and, significantly,
veteran John Egan is again aboard.
John is nearing fifty, oldest jockey in the weighing room,
but he's a real plus, dedicated and fiercely-competitive.
Wootyhot was unearthed after scrutinising the four-
teen-runner 3-y-o Maiden Stakes over a mile; James
Fanshawe's charge hasn't been out since making an
auspicious debut 229 days ago; this race is also littered
with newcomers. Tom 'Frankel' Queally rides.
Half an hour later twice-raced Chiefofchiefs is a specu-
lative, long-priced, each-way 'poke' for an 'aged' Maiden
Stakes over ten furlongs.
Oh to be among the thronging'Monday-night' masses,
dodging the 'Pimms' drinkers!
Jockey Sheldon Rodrigo steers Brandon Choice to win Race 2, the Native Bred 4 Y.0. & Over Maidens Handicap going 1100 metres out
at Santa Rosa Park, Arima on Saturday. PHOTO: RALPH BANWARIE
Top jockey Rico Walcott
Under: (Last Monday)
10.30 am.......................... 36-6
1 pm ................................32-35
4 pm ................. ..............26-26
6.30 pm............ ..............19-24
PICK TWO SELECTIONS
2-11-14-16 Mx: 2
7 (Hog) 10.30 am
35 (Big Snake) 4 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
4 (Dead Man)
34 (Blind Man)
LAST DRAW: SATURDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS MONDAY, MAY 8, 2017
33 (Spider) 6.30 pm
10 (Monkey) 1 pm
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
02 OLD LADY
04 DEAD MAN
05PARSONMAN 2 5 7 3 17
15SICKWOMAN3 4 1 1
18WATERBOAT 5 3 3 3 14
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
27 LITTLESNAKE 3 5 0 2 10
28 RED FISH
29OPIUMMAN 5 2 0 3 10
30 HOUSE CAT
31PARSONWIFE2 4 3 5 14
34 BLIND MAN
35 BIG SNAKE
Heartbreak City, runner-up in last year's Mel-
bourne Cup, has been put down after breaking his
leg in a gallops accident.
The Tony Martin-trained gelding sustained the injury
while working at the Curragh.
Darren Dance, whose Australian Thoroughbred Blood-
stock syndicate raced the seven-year-old in partnership
with the Here For The Craic Partnership, paid tribute to
the six-times winner.
"He was down to run next week so Tony took him to
the Curragh for a workout and he shattered the leg in the
gallop and had to be put down," he told www.racing.com.
"It's obviously not what you want to hear at 3 am when
I got the call.
"It's just so tragic because he was such a lovely, quiet
animal and he gave us so much joy over the spring."
Heartbreak City won the Ebor at York last year before
heading to Australia where he was beaten just a head by
Almandin in the Group One feature at Flemington in
Windsor, 5.50 The Love
Doctor (nap-e.w): 6.50
Wootyhot (e.w); 7.20
NEWMARKET, England---Irish trainer Aidan O'Brien
celebrated a Guineas double when Winter won by
two lengths in the 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket
Churchill won the 2,000 Guineas for O'Brien on Sat-
Winter, a 9-1 shot, was one of three runners for O'Brien
in the English classic run by fillies and took the lead en-
tering the final furlong. Rhododendron, the 5-4 favorite,
finished strongly but was well behind in second place.(AP)
Heartbreak City put down
after gallops accident
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