Monday, 12 August 2013 00:14

Amie Pooli: I just want to beat everybody!

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 rider Amie Pooli looks very comfortable in the Northlands Park winner's circle rider Amie Pooli looks very comfortable in the Northlands Park winner's circle MASCasa Photo (Mark Seon)

At 24 years of age Kamloops, B.C., native Amie Pooli is quickly making a name for herself among the elite riders in Alberta. The stunning apprentice would capture the $50,000 Sales Stakes for 2YO Fillies, with Honey Candy, on Saturday afternoon and add two more victories on the day to add to her season totals. 

Pooli finds herself sitting all alone in second, with 42 wins, in the Northlands Park rider standings behind leading jockey Rico Walcott. When asked about her main competition, while racing in Edmonton, Pooli wasted no time in answering...

"Everyone is... I just want to beat everybody!"

After being involved with rodeo, growing up, Pooli settled into the Exercise Rider and Jockey Training Program at Olds College, in Olds, Alberta. She'd be a member of the graduating class, of 2007, which included Eclipse and Sovereign Award winning rider Omar Moreno. Now it's Pooli's turn to take aim at this year's Sovereign Award for Leading Apprentice Rider.

"It's been a great year so far," says Pooli. "My hard work appears to be paying off."

From 269 rides, in 2013, Pooli carries a WPS record of 42-45-51... good for over $550,000 in purse money earned.

"Exercising both my body and mind is key," she adds. "When I'm not riding - I'm preparing for riding with both time in the gym and time for me. It's 50% physical and 50% mental."

Pooli's first ever riding win would come aboard South of France at Grande Prairie's Evergreen Park on July 22, 2011. The horse was no lock either... Going away as the longest shot, on the board, Pooli would have that mare going well late - to win by a neck - for owners Riversedge Racing Stables and trainer Greg Tracy.

"I remember the race well," she says. "Coming down the stretch all I could hear was my Mom screaming my name."

Her first 'A' track victory would come less than a month later at Edmonton's Northlands Park on August 13, 2011, with the filly Mariacomo - also for Riversedge Racing Stables and trainer Greg Tracy.

Pooli has raced and ridden exclusively in Alberta. She first began galloping for Hall of Fame trainer Red Smith, but has since teamed up with the powerful Greg Tracy stable over the last few seasons.

It looks as though Skye Chernetz, who rides out of Woodbine, could be Pooli's main threat at the Sovereign Award for apprentice riders in 2013. Chernetz may not have the wins (30) but she does have almost $1.1M earned this season. It's sure to be a tight race indeed to the finish...

Five questions with 'The Apprentice' Amie Pooli:

1. Favourite jockey? Rosie Napravnik
2. Favourite food? Hawaiian Pizza
3. Favourite drink? A Greyhound (Vodka and Grapefruit Juice)
4. Favourite song? Stronger by Kelly Clarkson (You'll hear it every time she wins)
5. Favourite TV show? Any rodeo event

Look for Pooli to continue doing it and doing it well, this season, at Northlands Park... All the best Amie!

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