Barbadian jockey Nirone Austin inched towards double figures in the new Assiniboia Downs season when he starred with a double on Wednesday’s seven-race card at the western Canada racetrack.
He captured race two with 3-1 chance Terri’s Temper before returning to take race six with 20-1 longshot Stealthestretch, to move to nine wins from 93 rides.
Runaway season leader Antonio Whitehall had an uncharacteristically lean day with just one win in six outings on the mid-week card when he piloted 4-1 bet Powerful Boy to victory in race seven over 7-½ furlongs.
Barbadian Whitehall has 48 wins from 172 mounts to be 19 wins clear of second placed Rafael Zenteno Jr, and has installed himself as favourite for his second title in three years at Assiniboia.
However, it was Austin who took honours for a change. He opened his account in a six furlong sprint, rallying late with four-year-old roan filly Terri’s Temper to beat the three-year-old and upward fillies and mares by 1-¾ lengths.
Speedy Miss and Avalon duelled through the half run in 47:20 seconds before Dandy Deen with Whitehall aboard joined the fray. When Speedy Miss faded on the late turn and Dandy Deen’s challenge collapsed near the sixteenth pole, Terri’s Temper capitalised to reach the wire first.
Austin’s second win came in another six furlong sprint, this time dominating with three-year-old chestnut gelding Stealthestretch to trounce the three-year-old and upward maidens by 2-½ lengths.
AF Amberalert showed early in the quarter but it was Awanana who led by three at the half before Austin brought Stealthestretch from a stalking position to take control in the stretch run.
Trinidadian Stanley Chadee Jr was also successful on the day’s card, steering 4-1 bet The Gold Monkey to a narrow win over the three-year-olds and upward, going 7-½ furlongs in race four.