Williams wins feature but Walcott, Whitehall also shine

Championship leader Rico Walcott and Antonio Whitehall both rode braces but it was their Barbadian counterpart Rey Williams who took top honours by capturing the feature CAN$40 000 Spangled Jimmy Handicap with 3-1 choice Deuces Are Wild on Sunday.

Going seven furlongs for the three-year-olds and upward in race eight, Williams carried the four-year-old chestnut gelding gate-to-wire to claim victory by 1-¼ lengths in a time of one minute, 22.40 seconds.

Favourite Stone Carver, ridden by Venezuelan Rigo Sarmiento, finished second while Walcott brought 2-1 chance Trooper John in to be third.

Deuces Are Wild out-sprinted his rivals to the lead to produce splits of 22.65 seconds for the quarter and 44.97 for the half, with Stone Carver, Whitehall’s Chaska and Sharp Dressed Beau, ridden by Jamaican Shamaree Muir, duelling for second.

Pressed at the quarter pole by Stone Carver, Deuces Are Wild responded well with a determined run through the lane to finish strongly.

Despite his disappointment in the feature, Walcott continued to stretch his lead in the standings with another successful outing on the 10-race card.

Walcott won a 4-½ furlong sprint in race two with favourite Lightening Anna, carrying the bay gelding to a dominant eight-length victory over the two-year-old maidens.

He returned in race seven to score with 3-1 bet Raiden, combining with the five-year-old chestnut gelding to trounce the three-year-olds and upward by 2-¼ lengths over a mile and sixteenth.

Whitehall, meanwhile, continued to compete successfully on two fronts with wins in race four over 6-½ furlongs with favourite Midnight Shake and in race nine over six furlongs with another favourite Coco Tiger.

The championship leader at Assiniboia Downs, 700 miles south in Winnipeg, Whitehall carried the four-year-old gelding Midnight Shake to a narrow win by a head over the three-year-olds and upward before piloting another four-year-old gelding Coco Tiger to a 2-¼ length victory also over the three-year-olds and upward.

Walcott is the runaway leader with 31 wins with Sarmiento 13 back in second and Whitehall lying third on 15 wins, in the season which wraps November 1.


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