Thursday, 11 July 2013 09:02

Simard back to winner's circle in Edmonton

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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

Real Simard had been away from Northlands Park - and the winner's circle here - for a few years, but he's now returned to ride and he's gotten back to victory lane as well. Simard would score with 8-1 shot - Amaryllis Beach - for owner Buddy Bensmiller and conditioner Twylla Bensmiller last Wednesday night at the Park. To the sounds of Ozzy Osbourne’s Crazy Train – Simard would have a smile from ear-to-ear setting up for the winner’s circle picture.

Jorge 'The Specialist' Espitia would begin a very successful week, aboard the horses, last Wednesday too. Espitia would pilot winners' Beau Diablo for Rod Cone (4th straight win), Yes It's Jackie for Garry Marks and My Friend Tom for Jen Shafer, to hit for the triple on the card.

Other Wednesday winners were Cash Queen Anna (Shannon Beauregard), Seattle Cypress (Nate Smith), Topasannah (Amie Pooli) and Grand Request (Kyle Carter).

Total Handle $203,774

Ten Thirty takes Red Smith Stakes
Ten Thirty was 'all sytems go', this past Friday evening, as she'd take the 2nd Running of the $50,000 Red Smith Stakes at the Park. After, once again, going away as the post time favourite the 3YO daughter of Corinthian would make no mistake early - finding herself on an uncontested lead throughout - drawing off by 6 lengths at the finish.

Rico Walcott was in the irons for trainer Greg Tracy and owners Riversedge Racing Stables, Ltd.

Second choice Portofappeal would finish second ahead of I Raffaella, Marry Me Vicky, Supercilious, Fordy Eight Cush and Silver City Sizzle.

Walcott would add to his leading jockey total with victories on Igotadeal for Elly Rutherford and Ready Racer for Dale Saunders.

Jockey Shannon Beauregard and trainer Ron Grieves would combine for the double winning with Haileigh's Fortune and Fleeting Fortune.

Other Friday  winners were Northern Magic (Tony Maragh), Mojumbo (Eddy Martinez) and The Whammer (Ismael Mosqueira).

Total Handle $236,224

Broadway Empire: His armour looks bullet-proof!
The much talked about 3YO sensation - Broadway Empire - would make his Park debut on Saturday afternoon and he would not disappoint. The son of Empire Maker, out of Broadway Hoofer by Belong to Me, would relax early in third, just behind front runners Najran Breeze and Risky Call, before Rico Walcott would hit the go-button - just before the quarter pole.

“I just took him out into the clear down the backstretch,” said Walcott. “He really took off though when I asked him to and he was really moving.”

In a move that one does not see often in Edmonton - especially when going for $50,000 - this horse simply ran away from the field like they were standing still. Still with all kinds of horse left in deep stretch - Walcott had him powering down well before the finish line. Fractions for the mile were 23, 46.4, 1:11.3 and 1:38.1. From my point of view it looks as though Broadway Empire's best is yet to come...

Robertino Diodoro trains for owners Bob Butz, Randy Howg and Rick Running Rabbit.

Newcomer Just Win Baby (Scott Williams for Tim Rycroft) would come from last - to be second and it looks like the added distance - coming in the Count Lathum (July 27 - 1M 1/16) - should benefit him. For Cash would nab third over On The Key, Najran Breeze and Risky Call.

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Walcott would also hit with Cafe' Diva and Clear The Runway for the hat trick. Scott Williams got back to the winner's circle twice aboard Pay to Go Home and Reggie Dunlop, while leading apprentice rider Amie Pooli with double up with Abalos and Sumkindafun.

Folly With Molly (Jorge Espitia) was the other winner on the afternoon.

Total Handle $272,262

Espitia hits a grand-slam on Monday
Jorge Espitia was absolutely on fire Monday afternoon at the Park. The likeable 35-year-old jockey would connect with a grand-slam on the day after winning with Wine Not Whiskey (Amanda Gregory), Esteems Squad @ 21-1 (Jen Shafer), D M Runaway (Deryle Mullaney) and Faidrality (Dennis Terry).

"I had an awesome day - winning 4 races and getting a second out of 6 mounts," said Espitia. "Once again... there's no doubt I have an angel looking out for me and hard work eventually pays off... Thank you all my friends - for their love and support."

Rico Walcott - still the highest percentage winning jockey in North America (over 100 starts) - continued to roll with a pair of winners in Gilded Eagle and Short Memo.

Other winners included Go Max (Quincy Welch) and Just Gone (Ismael Mosqueira).

Total Handle $201,255

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