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Nelson off to Canada

Published:Friday | April 22, 2016 | 4:00 AM
Dane Nelson

Three-time champion jockey Dane Nelson left the island yesterday to ride in Canada for an extended period for the second consecutive year.

The 32-year-old, who is the leading jockey with 26 winners so far this season, will ride at Assiniboia Downs, Northlands, and Canada's premier racetrack, Woodbine in Toronto.

Nelson, popularly called the 'Warrior Chief', was champion jockey for three consecutive years from 2012 to 2014.

Having ridden the brilliant 3-y-o filly to victory in the recent Post to Post Guineas over a mile, Nelson will miss the ride in the April 30 Jamaica Oaks. He has, however, disclosed that he will return home to ride her in the June 25 Jamaica Derby over 2400 metres.

Meanwhile, the filly's trainer, Gary Subratie, said reigning champion Shane Ellis is likely to ride her in the Oaks.

Nelson, who rode 46 winners on his first visit to Canada last year, joins fellow jockeys Paul 'Country" Francis, Richard Mairs, and Shamaree Muir, who all left the island in recent weeks to ride in Canada.

- O.C.