Walcott celebrates seventh title with stakes triple

September 18, 2017
Jamaican jockey Dane Nelson, astride 10-1 longshot Double Bear (right), battles Chief Know It All (centre) with champion jockey Barbadian Rico Walcott and 6-5 favourite Trooper John, ridden by Trinidadian Keishan Balgobinon, in the 88th Running of the Canadian Derby at Northlands Park, Edmonton, on August 21.

EDMONTON, (CMC):

Rico Walcott celebrated his capture of an unprecedented seventh Northlands Park jockey's title when he reeled off three added-money wins on the final day of the campaign at the western Canada racetrack on Saturday.

The 28-year-old combined with favourite For Cash in race three to win the CDN$50,000 Alberta Breeders' Handicap, paired with another favourite Shimshine in race 11 to take the $50,000 Alberta Premier's Futurity before guiding 4-1 choice Makealittlenoise to the capture of the $50,000 Beaufort Stakes in the final event of the stakes-laden 12-race card.

Walcott also won race six over a mile with 3-1 bet Mandela Fever, to end the four-month campaign with 94 wins and lift yet another championship at Northlands Park.

He racked up winnings of $1.1 million and boasted a 30 per cent winning rate.

Trinidadian Keishan Balgobin, finished second in the standings with 51 wins. His only win on the day's card came when he guided 2-1 bet Purple Heaven to a 9 3/4-length victory over the three-year-old and upwards in a six-furlong sprint in race nine.

Rigo Sarmiento was third with 41, edging out Jamaican Dane Nelson who was fourth with 40, while young Jamaican Shamaree Muir ended fifth on 36 wins.

Walcott, meanwhile, opened his account going a mile and sixteenth in the Alberta Breeders when he steered the seven-year-old chestnut gelding For Cash to a resounding win.

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