Tuesday, 04 June 2013 10:26

At the Park - Rico Walcott: Riding high

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Last year's leading jockey in Alberta, Rico Walcott, is riding high once again in Edmonton. After adding another dozen wins - 4 per night - last week Walcott now finds himself in complete control of the jockey standings at Northlands Park.

His 31 wins are almost triple his next closet pursuer - apprentice rider Amie Pooli has 11, while Quincy Welch has 9 - to complete the top 3. Even more impressive is Rico's 37% 'winning percentage' from 82 mounts - that's NUMBER ONE in North America for jockeys with more than 25 rides in 2013.

Walcott has enjoyed 'riding high' back to the winner's circle to the familiar sounds of Rihanna's 'Diamonds' http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWA2pjMjpBs, but maybe after hearing it 12 times - over the last 3 race days - he'll be searching out a new tune... How do you like David Guetta ft. Sia's 'Titanium' http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRfuAukYTKg? Wait! That's my victory song... Ha ha!

Wednesday

Looking at last Wednesday's card at the Park... Five Minute Major would kick off the night and his career, in a big way, with Ruben Lara up, for owner's Randy McDonald, Terry Rupp and Darcy Skarsen. Trained by Diana Feuerhelm the 3YO son of Second In Command would be in control, throughout, to score in his debut.

"That's what winning by 15 lengths looks like!" A proud Feuerhelm stated on 'Twitter' following the impressive win. https://twitter.com/EquipUsTB/status/340698040564318208

For Cash - a half-brother to last year's Canadian Derby winner, Toccetive, was an easy winner in an Allowance Non-2 event. Owned by Lyle and Phylis Farkash's - Southview Ag Ltd. - the 3YO son of Stephen Got Even looks all the part of champion early in the season. Rico Walcott was aboard for the win.

Walcott also won with Meetmeat Tiffanys, Paseo Alegro and Victor Man.

Other winners were Doubleoseven (Jorge 'The Upset Specialist' Espitia) @ 24-1, Kilohana (Ismael Mosqueira) and Count The Change (Shannon Beauregard).

Friday

Friday's action, at the Park, saw the game mare Salsa Express taking the night's feature event. Long considered to be one of the best high-end claiming mares, in the province, the 8YO daughter of Tavasco would overcome an awkward 6F start, with sharp rider Tony Maragh navigating her through heavy traffic into the first turn. When the field turned for home, it was the one-eyed wonder, Salsa Express, inhaling 2nd and 3rd place finishers' Smile Again Theta and Sweet Esteem to go for the victory.

Owned by K6 Ranches Ltd and Dr. Ed Welsh - it would be the mare's 17th career win - shoving her just over $250,000 lifetime. Her impressive record shows 40 top 3 finishes from 46 life starts - missing a cheque only once in her rock solid career - an 8th place finish in the 2010 edition of the John Patrick Handicap. 'Salsa' is conditioned by veteran trainer Ernie Kellar.

Rico Walcott's grand-slam night included wins aboard Kingoftherockies (3rd in a row), Fordy Eight Cush, Quality Tocs and Offlee Fancee.

Other winners were Tell Me Lies (Quincy Welch), D M Runaway (Jorge Espitia) and Jeffrey's Groove (Nate Smith).

Saturday

Call Me Lou would have his nose on the line first, in the afternoon feature, but would be placed third for interference on Gatwick (placed 2nd) - as they turned for home. Clear The Runway, owned by Riversedge Racing Stables Ltd. and trained by Greg Tracy, would win on the placing to pick up his 3rd career victory - his first on the season. It would be one of four wins, on the day, for ace jockey Rico Walcott - as he'd also strike with Chandlers Heart, Fivepins and Magic Flute.

Keep'nitcountry, owned and bred by Sheridan Lehouillier, would make his first lifetime start - a winning one - as the 3YO son of Deputy Country would cruise to easy victory in a $22K Maiden Claimer event. Jockey Ruben Lara was on for trainer Deanna Walper... It would be Walper's 100th career training victory!

Other winners included Question Period (Amie Pooli), Rum Chaser (Quincy Welch) and Folly With Molly (Kyle Carter).

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