Muir, Mairs among winners
Young Jamaican jockey Shamaree Muir partnered with 4-1 bet Sir Bronx to trounce the three-year-old and upwards in the $50,000 Timely Ruckus Stakes on Saturday's Canadian Derby Day at Northlands Park.
In a six and a half furlongs sprint, Sir Bronx duelled briefly with Capitalism before getting free to reach the wire three-quarters of a length clear in 1:17.48 at the western Canada racetrack.
The lucrative 12-race card featured six added-money races headlined by the Canadian Derby, which Muir won last year with a tremendous ride aboard favourite Ready Intaglio in his first season outside of Jamaica.
Meanwhile, Muir's countryman, Richard Mairs, was among the winners at Assiniboia Downs last Wednesday as Caribbean jockeys - led by veteran Guyanese Rohan Singh -swept all but the last of seven races on the mid-week card.
Singh collected a double to inch into the lead in the jockeys' standings with 34 wins. Mairs, along with Barbadians Renaldo Cumberbatch, reigning champion Christopher Husbands and Antonio Whitehall all rode winners.
Mairs got the day's racing going with a three-length victory on the 7-1 choice Zingara in the CDN $8,500 first race contested over 1,500 metres on the dirt track.
The Jamaican jockey steadily advanced the four-year-old, grey gelding and took over in the middle of the homestretch to run away in a time of one 1:37.2.