Ramgeet wins twin feature at Turf Paradise
Jamaican jockey Andrew Ramgeet made all the headlines here Saturday when he won both features races on the day's eight-race card at Turf Paradise.
Ramgeet captured the US$35 000 Queen of the Green Stakes with 22-1 outsider Hip Ninety Three in race three before returning to steal victory in the Walter R Cluer Memorial Stakes, also worth $35 000, with favourite Az Ridge, in race seven.
The victory aboard Az Ridge was made even more memorable after the rider survived two moments of misfortune to battle to the wire and beat the three-year-olds and upward by a neck in tight three-horse finish.
Going off as the punters' 7-5 choice in a mile trip, Ramgeet and the six-year-old bay gelding stumbled at the start to trail the field as 20-1 outsider Bourbon Sense posted the early fractions while chased by Ride Hard Kowboy.
However, Az Ridge made good progress and entered the stretch in contention with the front three. Ramgeet then rallied the gelding and despite losing his whip at the sixteenth pole, still managed to outlast his rivals.
In the Queen of the Green over a mile, Ramgeet had no such drama as he carried the three-year-old bay filly Hip Ninety Three to victory by three-quarter lengths over the three-year-old and upward fillies and mares.
Longshot Song led early on with favourite Our Pure Creation tracking from second, five lengths clear of the chasing pack that included Hip Ninety Three.
In the stretch run, Ramgeet got the best out of bay filly and she stormed to the finish to beat Enlightened.