Whitehall 20 clear at Assiniboia after latest brace

Barbadian Antonio Whitehall stretched his lead to 20 at Assiniboia Downs with another impressive brace while Trinidadian Stanley Chadee Jr shared the spotlight with a double, to keep tabs on second place in the jockeys’ standings.

Now the firm favourite to win the 2020 title, Whitehall snatched wins in race one with favourite Vallentay and in race four with another favourite Ima Danger.

Chadee, meanwhile, clinched race three with 13-1 outsider Hellocountrybumkin before returning to win the final event of the eight-race card with 9-1 bet Bunchofcash.

Whitehall has 50 wins for the season with Rafael Zenteno lying second on 30 but Chadee closing quickly, only five back in third on 25 wins.

Jamaican Neville Stephenson sits fifth on 18 wins with Trinidadian Richard Mangalee sixth on 13 wins.

Whitehall, whose form has been irrepressible since the season opened May 25, wasted little time in reaching the winners’ circle when he combined with five-year-old chestnut mare Vallentay to win a seven furlong trip in race one.

Up against the three-year-old and upward fillies and mares, Vallentay stalked pacesetter Say It’s Not So before gaining a short lead coming off the final turn and getting a strong run through the lane to reach the wire 1-¼ lengths clear.

Whitehall missed out in the next two races before returning to winner’s row in a 5-½ length sprint when he guided seven-year-old mare Ima Danger to a narrow win over the three-year-old and upward fillies and mares winless since February.

Hurricane Emily and Celtic Gold disputed the early lead before Whitehall brought Ima Danger late to edge Razzlemedazzleme by a head.

Chadee’s success came first in a seven furlong trip when he piloted three-year-old bay filly Hellocountrybumkin to a 1-¾ length victory over the three-year-old upward maiden fillies and mares.

And he won again in a 5-½ furlong sprint, racing five-year-old gelding Bunchofcash off the pace before winning a stretch duel with Rocky Barbados to get home by 1-¾ lengths.


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