'Briggy' in front - J'cans sweep seven-race card
SASKATOON, Saskatchewan (CMC):
Jockey Neville 'Briggy' Stephenson rode a two-timer to go ahead at the top of the standings as Jamaican riders swept all seven races at Marquis Downs on Saturday.
Jodeien Anderson shone with a triple to lead a Jamaican domination at the western Canada racetrack. Anderson snatched wins in race two with Envoy to Benghazi, in race four with Wilko Whiskey and in race seven with Macoumba Cat.
Fellow Jamaican Neville Stephenson tops the standings with 16 wins, two clear of Trinidadian Naim Samaroo in second with another Trinidadian, Shawn Samuel, third, also on 14.
Stephenson captured race one with favourite Aunt Hilda and race five with another favourite Knife Fork Zoom.
Victories by Garfield Gordon and Carlton Malcolm ensured a clean sweep of the card for the Jamaicans. Gordon paired with 3-1 chance Bambazonki to win race three in a front-running effort, while Malcolm combined with odds-on bet Fungo to score in race 61/2 furlongs.
Anderson lies fifth on seven wins. It was his performance, however, that made all the headlines. He kicked off his success in a seven-furlong trip, guiding four-year-old bay filly Envoy to Benghazi to a four-and-half length over the three-year-old and upwards.
Going off at odds of 5-1, the pair chased Rose Kid, duelled before grabbing the lead and pulling away in the stretch.
His victory aboard 7-1 chance Wilko Whiskey was even more dominant as he made all the running with the four-year-old gelding over 6 furlongs to trounce the three-year-old and upwards by 43/4 lenghts.
And Anderson brought the curtain down on the programme when he teamed up with three-year-old gelding Macoumba Cat to to slam the three-year-old and upward maidens by six lengths, in a six-furlong trip.