Barbadians Whitehall, Austin score at Assiniboia

Barbadian jockey Antonio Whitehall won for the second straight day at Assiniboia Downs to find form in the early stages of the new season at the western Canada racetrack.

Riding on Wednesday’s mid-week six-week card, Whitehall scored with favourite Amy on Tour in a five-furlong sprint in the CAN$8 600 race one, beating the three-year-old and upward fillies and mares by 1-¼ lengths.

Nine-to-one chance JF Moneygirl showed early with Commando Beach in pursuit and the four-year-old chestnut filly Amy on Tour stalking from third.

In the stretch, JF Moneygirl looked good for the money after getting three lengths clear but Whitehall brought Amy on Tour with a late run to reel in the leader.

Whitehall’s fellow countryman, Nirone Austin, was also in winners’ row, combining with three-year-old chestnut filly Sixtyshadesofblues to beat the three-year-old maiden fillies by three-quarters of a length in a five-furlong sprint in race three.

Going off at odds of 7-1, the pair challenged early leader Make it Sweet ridden by Trinidadian Stanley Chadee Jr before bidding for the lead, duelling with Sizzle N Susie and getting clear to maintain the advantage in the stretch.

On Tuesday, Whitehall won with 15-1 longshot Broadway Dave, carrying the four-year-old brown gelding to a two-length win over the three-year-old and upward maidens going five furlongs.

Trinidadian Richard Mangalee won twice on the six-race card, scoring with 17-1 outsider Eye Catching in race four and with 8-1 bet Trippi River Man in the day’s final race.


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