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Sunday, June 13, 2021

Winner at 62

It took all of 18 years for veteran jockey Charlton Riley to make a return go to to the winners’ enclosure when he gained on Blood Track, final Monday (Might 17) at Caymanas Park.

The win was the primary for Blood Track for greater than a 12 months whereas Riley recorded his first on native soil since 2003 when he rode Iditarod to victory for former 18-time Champion coach Wayne DaCosta.

For sure, Riley, who remained in contact with racing on events primarily as an train rider, was overjoyed in breaking this lengthy winless streak.

“I’m feeling positively happy with the win. It’s a nice encouragement for me to stay energetic and to proceed driving.

“Staying away from the game of race driving to stay inactive had launched a sense of listlessness adopted by aches and pains and stiffness of joints, my physique was galling, a sense which I don’t expertise whereas actively engaged in driving horses, one thing which I’ve been doing for therefore lengthy.

“I stated to myself, on the age of 62 years, I need to discover one thing worthwhile to occupy my time productively. I do know that I can nonetheless journey and driving horses for me is the one recognized productive ability that I’ve developed and, I’ve over time, developed a sure stage of perfection to arrange me to journey wherever race driving is performed.

“This driving ability I perfected whereas driving for the late nice coach Wayne DaCosta for 21 years, between 1982 and 2003. I used to be saddened by the latest passing of DaCosta and I supply my condolences to household and want Jason, his son, all the perfect in his coaching profession.

“I’ve not ridden right here, in Jamaica, because the 12 months 2018. It’s three years since I rode right here, so I bought a jockeys’ licence to begin driving once more.

“However, even so, I didn’t get any assist from my spouse. She needed me to stop. However I’m no quitter and within the course of, I used to be additionally inspired by coach Patrick Fong to proceed driving as long as well being and power allowed me to persevere and I’m productively inspired by in the present day’s (Monday, Might 17) winner.

“Thanks a lot to coach Fong for believing in me and giving me the possibility to journey Blood Track to victory,” Riley stated.

With a dictating run racing amongst three-year-old and upwards $750 – $600,000 claimers, Riley saved Blood Track off the tempo within the 9 furlongs and 25 yards name.

Utilizing his huge expertise, Riley waited and watched carefully whereas the horses travelled down the backstretch on this two-turn contest.

Passing the three-furlong level within the race, Riley made his transfer with Blood Track responding properly with the 2 coming into the final two furlongs stuffed with working and able to pounce.

Requested for his remaining effort by Riley, Blood Track accelerated to maneuver by rivals successful by 7 ½ lengths going away, in a time of two:02.0 with splits of 27.0, 52.4, 1:18.4, 1:46.3.

Dezzy The Genius ridden by Dick Cardenas completed second, Scorching Ice was third with Jerome Innis within the saddle and Azaria fourth below Roger Hewitt.

Blood Track was recording his fifth win from 73 lifetime begins, whereas coach Fong was saddling his second for the 12 months.

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