Wednesday, 17 July 2013 10:21

At The Park July 16 - Pooli remains hot at the Park

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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

Apprentice ride Amie Pooli continues to remain hot at the Park. Last Wednesday evening Pooli would close out the card - winning the last two races of the night - with Question Period (Rob Chabot) for owner's Red Hawk Racing and James Bauder and Farhood (Tim Rycroft) for Abed Itani.

Pooli now has more than $350,000, in purse money earned, from 187 mounts this season. And with 29 wins, in 2013, Pooli sits all alone at the top of the apprentice rider standings in Canada.

Other Wednesday night winners were Sudden Arrival (Eddy Martinez), Lawyer Laurie (Quincy Welch), True Thought (Rico Walcott), Let It Be Now (Nate Smith) and Victory Song (Ismael Mosqueira).

Race 8 was called off due to a heavy rain/hail storm just prior to post time.

Total handle was $219,130.

Skimmer Jim: The Friday night special

It would be his first lifetime start, but Skimmer Jim would race like a trooper to win at the 'Maiden Special Weight' level on Friday night. For a $16,600 purse the 3YO son of Sligo Bay, from the Gulch mare Red Slimmer, would lay off the speed throughout before Ismael 'The Mosquito' Mosqueira would send him flying up the rail, near the finish, to win by a half-length over Hardly Forgotten (Rico Walcott) and pacesetter Tommy Tuffanuff (Eddy Martinez).

Skimmer Jim is owned by Barb Side and conditioned by Twylla Bensmiller. He'd return $32.20, $12.00 and $4.30 on a win-place-show ticket.

Jockeys Rico Walcott (Rum Ruckus and Bears Home Run) and Shannon Beauregard (Devil's Classic and So Good Lucky) would ride for doubles on the night.

Other winners were Small N' Big (Raf Zenteno Jr.), Masked Man (Jorge Espitia) and First Fire (Real Simard).

Total handle was $220,075.

Beauregard triples on Saturday

Jockey Shannon Beauregard remained hot, on Saturday afternoon, as she'd make it back to the winner's circle three times on the day. Beauregard would win on a placing with Lovely Start (Ron Grieves) and cross the line first with Count The Change (Ron Grieves) and Wind Speaker (Rick Wise).

Riders Tony Maragh (Stripefaceguy and Pigtails) and Rico Walcott (Wild Crush and Sweet Nectar) would each pilot a pair of winners on the day.

The other winner was Zippy Request (Amie Pooli)

Total handle was $224,198.

Monday: Cancelled after the 3rd

Monday afternoon's action was called off after the 3rd dash on the day. Heavy rain throughout the morning played havoc with the track and to be on the safe side, for all involved, the races were cancelled after Race 3.

Admirable Brew, with Rico Walcott on for trainer Greg Tracy, captured the 1st for owner/breeder Highfield SF Ltd.

It would be jockey Fernando Perez riding the invader Unquiet (Dale Greenwood) to an 8 1/2 length score, for owners Blaine and Kathleen Froats, in Race 2. Curtis and Darrell Landry would shell out $17,500 for the gray gelding and send him on to the Greg Tracy camp following the claim.

Perez would come right back in the 3rd with Cattle Hauler (Roberino Diodoro) for owners Bob Butz, Tim Gordon and Randy Howg. The winner would then go to CanMedia Inc. for the price of $12,000 after being claimed. Third place finisher Herculean would also find a new home as Al Pitchko and Jen Smith took him for the $12,000 tag. Both horses will now race out of the Rod Cone barn.

Total handle $44,987

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