Tuesday, 02 July 2013 00:00

The Park - Walcott picks up Wednesday night 'six-pack'

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Commander and jockey Jorge Espitia 'reunited' to win the Spangled Jimmy Commander and jockey Jorge Espitia 'reunited' to win the Spangled Jimmy Coady Photo/Ryan Haynes

Jockey Rico Walcott continued his Northlands Park dominance, last Wednesday evening, as he would return to the winner's circle six times during the eight-dash card.

 
Walcott would kick off the evening with 2YO first time starter Artie's Brother (Greg Tracy) in the 1st; he'd come right back for the early double in the 2nd with Swayze Road (Dale Saunders); score in the 5th with newcomer Apply (Robertino Diodoro); Arctic Ceal (Diodoro) would give him win number four in the 6th; he'd be aboard for a Clever Speed (Robbin Martens) romp in the 7th; Rico would then cap off his big night with Peaknatacat (Pinky MacDonald) in the 8th and final on the night.
 
Out of all jockeys, in North America, Walcott is number one in win percentage (34%) for riders with 100 or more starts!
 
Other Wednesday winners were Six O Nine (Desmond Bryan) and Appealing Maid (Nate Smith).

Tempered Sapphire wins John Patrick Handicap

Apprentice rider Amie Pooli would guide Tempered Sapphire to an impressive 5 1/4 length win in the $50,000 John Patrick Handicap for fillies and mares on Friday night.
 
Owned by Garry, Roland and Lauri Kugler - the 4YO daughter of Tempered Appeal would score at 6-1, as the second longest shot - from a field of six, for trainer Rod Cone. The longest shot - Regal Tigereyes at 16-1 - would rally for second, with BC invader Madeira Park settling for third. Then came Plethora, Awesome Plan and Claresmiezie.
 
It would be Pooli's second win, on the night, after combining with Cone, earlier on the program, aboard the front runner Momma's Gone Wild.
 
Other winners included Octagon (Jorge Espitia), Barfly's Survivor (Tony Maragh), Chandlers Heart (Nate Smith), Jack Attack (Raf Zenteno Jr.), A Boy for Angie (Kenyatta Davis) and Classy Edge (Ismael Mosqueira).

Commander gets revenge in Spangled Jimmy

Commander was out for revenge in the $50,000 Spangled Jimmy on Saturday afternoon... After going 4-for-4 in 2012, at the Park, the handsome son of Broken Vow would return to victory lane after posting a 3 length win - at a mile - over Senor Rojo in 1:37.4. Dougs Buddy would finish third, over Silver Baubles, Inquisitive Son, Toccetive, Real Dingo and Boomtown Brat.
 
Commander is owned by North American Thoroughbred Horse Company and trained by Dennis Terry.
 
Espitia would double on the day after scoring with Panaramic Smile in the 1st.
 
Rico Walcott added to his leading jockey total with four more winners on the card. His wins came aboard Kingofthrockies (4 in a row), The Breeze, Short Memo and Stephanson.
 
Other winners were Hey Miss Lacey (Ismael Mosqueira) and Emmetts Remark (Desmond Bryan).

Pooli continues to impress

Apprentice rider Amie Pooli continues to impress as she'd pick up three victories on the Canada Day card at Northlands Park. Elite Force (Amber Buniak) would have Pooli in the winner's circle following the 1st race and Lynn's Foxie Lady (Twylla Bensmiller) would cruise gate-to-wire in the 2nd for the Pooli Daily-Double. Live A little (Greg Tracy) would absolutely dominate in Race 5 - winning by 12 - to complete Pooli's hat trick on the day.
 
Pooli sits all alone in second - with 23 wins - in the Park's jockey standings behind Rico Walcott. Should the good times continue to roll, for Pooli, expect her to be in with a serious shot at this year's Sovereign Award for leading apprentice rider.
 
Other Monday winners included Time for Slewpy (Ismael Mosqueira), Alberta Breeze (Mario Velazquez), Dark Briar (Craig Wonnacott), Sweet Nectar (Rico Walcott) and Kasparov's Honor (Tony Maragh).

Canada Day Handle $320,509!  

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