Jamaican jockeys make their mark in Canada
Naim Samaroo collected a double and was crowned champion jockey at the lowly-rated Marquis Downs race track on Saturday.
The long-standing Trinidad & Tobago jockey led the way when Caribbean riders won all but three races on the card at the racetrack located in this central Canadian province, moving his aggregate for the season to 36 -eight clear of Jamaican veteran Neville Stephenson.
Samaroo clinched the CAN $3,900 first race of the day, when he directed the 3-5 favourite Halkirk to a one-length victory in a driving finish.
Halkirk, a three-year-old, chestnut gelding, was away alertly and duelled with the front-runners before getting up in the final strides to finish 1,200 metres on the dirt with a time of one minute, 12 4/5 seconds.
Samaroo also landed the CAN $4,000 fifth race, when he piloted the 3-2 favourite Fourth In Command to a convincing 7 1/2-length victory in an easy ride to the line.
Fourth In Command, a five-year-old, bay mare, was also away alertly and vied for the lead through the early fractions before drawing clear in the stretch and easily proving she was the best to clock 1 min, 12.46 secs.
In between, Stephenson, as well as compatriots Garfield Gordon and Oral Bennett left their final mark on the season.
Stephenson came away with a three-quarter lengths win aboard the 9-1 choice Enos in the CAN $3,000 second race, also going 1,200m on the dirt.
Top Jockeys at Marquis Downs
1 Naim Samaroo (T&T) 36 wins
2 Neville Stephenson (JAM) 28
3 Tim Moccasin 21
4 Jodeien Anderson 20
5 Shawn Samuel (T&T) 15
6 Garfield Gordon (JAM) 13
7 Oral Bennett (JAM) 9
8 Carlton Malcolm (JAM) 8
9 Daniel Gopie (T&T) 6
10 Anderson Stephen (T&T)