Walcott brushes off disqualification to win five at Century

Not even disqualification could hinder Barbadian jockey Rico Walcott as he rode an astonishing five winners at Century Mile on Sunday, to break the 50-win mark for the season and remain firmly on course for his maiden title at the central Alberta racing oval.

The 29-year-old Walcott opened his account in race three with 7-5 choice Walktheline before following up in race four with 7-4 bet Flat as a Pancake.

He thought he had also won race five with favourite Triple Live when he got the three-year-old gelding to a 1-¼ length victory over the three-year-olds and upward over a mile and sixteenth.

But jockey Wilmer Galviz aboard third placed Smiley lodged an objection against the winner which the stewards upheld, and Triple Live was placed third with 13-2 chance Steelforce, ridden by Barbadian Desmond Bryan, elevated to first.

The disappointment failed to faze Walcott, however, as he proceeded to score with favourite Zbig in race seven before pairing with favourites Princess Ponti and Rebate Shop to take the two final races on the 11-race programme.

With the success, Walcott stormed to 52 wins for the season which ends November 1, 25 clear of second placed Rigo Sarmiento with Barbadian Antonio Whitehall one back in third on 26.

Whitehall won once on the day’s card in race six when he piloted favourite Chaska to a narrow win by a nose over a mile up against the three-year-old and upwards.

It was Walcott who took all the plaudits as he continued to dominate the second season at Century, following the recent closure of Northlands Park.

He tasted success in his first outing of the day, combining with bay gelding Walktheline to beat the two-year-old maidens in a five furlong sprint with a gate-to-wire effort.

Walcott wasted little time in returning to the winners’ circle, this time bringing brown filly Flat as a Pancake from off the pace to get the better of the three-year-old fillies in a seven-furlong trip.

He registered his third win in a six-furlong sprint for the three-year-olds and upward when he stalked pacesetter Cozy Caper before getting the three-year-old chestnut gelding Zbig to the front at the five-sixteenth and then to the wire 4-¾ lengths clear.

Similar rides then brought Walcott victories in the last two races. In race 10 over 6-½ furlongs for the three-year-old and upward maiden fillies and mares, he again stalked from second with Princess Ponti before sweeping the three-year-old bay filly to the front in the stretch and drawing off to win by nearly five lengths.

And Walcott capped off an outstanding day in the saddle when he held off a late surge from No Collusion aboard three-year-old filly Rebate Shop to edge the three-year-old and upward maiden fillies and mares by a head in a six-furlong sprint in race 11.


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