Nelson reclaims second spot with double
EDMONTON, Alberta, CMC:
Jamaican Dane Nelson took advantage of the absence of Trinidadian Keishan Balgobin to reclaim sole possession of second place in the Northlands Park jockeys' standings after riding a double at the western Canada racetrack over the weekend.
With just under three weeks remaining in the campaign, Nelson has 51 wins, two clear of Balgobin, who missed Saturday's meet through riding commitments at Hastings in Vancouver.
There was no racing at Northlands on Sunday.
The pair are battling for second spot with the title all but sewn up by five-time defending champion Rico Walcott, who is well clear of the colony on 89 wins.
He, too, missed Saturday's outing also because of commitments at Hastings.
Nelson, however, wasted little time in pulling away from Balgobin, capturing race six over a mile with 6-1 chance Sultan Pepper as they collared the three-year-old and upwards by eight lengths.
Dark Fusion and Barak Drago duelled through the first quarter, but Nelson put the four-year-old gelding Sultan Pepper to the front from the half and controlled the race to the finish.
Nelson followed up with victory in race seven, with favourite Kissinthetheatre trouncing the field by 7-1/4 lengths in a two-mile journey.