Friday, Jul 19, 2019

Jockey Whitehall ties at top spot

Jockey Whitehall ties at top spot
11 Sep

Barbadian jockey Antonio Whitehall grabbed a double to finish in a tie in the jockeys standings with

Trinidadian Prayven Badrie stole as they both secured their maiden riding titles in Canada, on a dramatic final day at Assiniboia Downs.

Badrie began the eight-race card top of the standings on 40 wins after winning twice on Saturday to overtake Whitehall, who began the final day one behind in second.

With everything up for grabs, it was Whitehall who landed the first blow when he partnered with favourite 'tame the beast' to crush the two-year-old maidens by 6-1/4 lengths in a 5-1/2 furlong sprint in race one.

Badrie answered in race five with bay gelding 'rascal candy', making all the running to get the better of the two-year-olds to win by a length.

However, Whitehall produced a stalking ride in race six with 4-1 chance 'soul shaker' to beat the three-year-old and upward fillies and mares by 2-1/4 lengths in a seven-furlong contest, and draw alongside Badrie in the standings for the final time.

Both riders finished on 41 wins, to share the title.

Whitehall, who arrived at the racing venue two years ago, finished with winnings of 361 thousand, 213 dollars while Badrie ended on 309 thousand, 344 dollars.

Another Barbadian jockey Renaldo Cumberbatch also made his presence felt on the day's card, opening his account with victory aboard favourite 'sea my moves' in race four over 5-1/2 furlongs, winning by 1-1/2 lengths.

He then went gate-to-wire with 2-1 bet 'par play' in race seven over six furlongs before also producing a 1-1/4 length score with 'west princess' in race eight over seven furlongs.

Cumberbatch finished third in the jockeys standings with 39 wins while Jamaicans Tyrone Nelson and Chavion Chow were fourth and sixth respectively.

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