Jamaican jockey Muir makes history with Canadian Derby triumph
Jamaican jockey Shamaree Muir became the youngest every rider to win the CAN$150 000 Grade III Canadian Derby when he produced a tremendous ride aboard favourite Ready Intaglio to capture the feature event on the stakes-rich 11-race card at Northlands Park here Saturday.
The 21-year-old, in his first season outside of Jamaica, partnered with the Amber Meyaard-trained colt to beat the three-year-olds by three-quarter lengths going a mile and three-eighths.
Thirteen-to-one chance, Solve, with another Jamaican Dane Nelson aboard, finished second while The Accuser, with Barbadian Damario Bynoe in the irons, placed third.
“He was relaxed and I just waited for the right time to make my move,” said Muir.
“He’s the smartest horse I’ve ever ridden. This is a very classy horse. I think he’s going to go places.”
Hold the Giant and Northernlocomotive whipped the field through a brisk pace, laying down 23.28 seconds for the quarter mile and 47.82 for the half-mile, as Muir raced Ready Intaglio in a bunch near the rear of the field.
Through the stretch for the first time, Barbadian Rico Walcott brought Inside Straight up to join the leaders and then took over the running on the back stretch, with Muir already threading Ready Intaglio through the field down on the inside.
As the race swung for home, Inside Straight held sway with Solve and The Accuser running on strongly but Muir expertly slipped Ready Intaglio through a seam along the rails in mid-stretch to hit the front.
Solve tried to stay with the pair but Muir had the momentum and carried the colt to the wire strongly to win in style.
Muir and the connections of Ready Intaglio survived anxious moments afterward, however, as an objection was launched by Walcott for interference in the stretch run.
The stewards eventually dismissed the claim.