Henry on the double
Published: Tuesday | December 9, 2008
MIAMI, Florida (CMC):
Wesley Henry rode two winners at the Calder racetrack on Sunday afternoon to highlight four Jamaican wins as the Tropical Meet continued.
The former Jamaica champion jockey landed the first and fourth races, while jockey Jermaine Bridgmohan and trainer Jose Pinchin also registered Jamaican wins on the 10-race programme.
Skilfully won the race
Henry skilfully won the US$6,650 first race over a mile and 70 yards with the unfancied seven-year-old gelding Five Card Monty.
A 13-1 bet in the seven-horse field, Five Card Monty surged to the front at the first turn and Henry expertly kept him in front for a 6-3/4 length victory in one minute 45.60 seconds.
The hot 6-5 favourite, Ace Up My Sleeve, was second.
Henry was just as easy in winning the US$14,940 fourth race over a mile and 70 yards with the 3-2 favourite Red Hot Candy.
Under a confident ride, Red Hot Candy led from the start and moved clear to win by 6-1/2 lengths in 1:45.24.
Bridgmohan won the US$19,900 eighth race over a mile on turf with the three-year-old colt High Ceiling (9-2) by 3-1/4 lengths.
Always in the pace, High Ceiling accelerated coming off the final turn and won comfortably in 1:35.70 for Bridgmohan's 19th win of the season.
Bridgmohan is currently sixth in the jockeys' table, which is being led by Manoel Cruz (37). Henry is just outside the top 10, sitting 11th with nine wins.
Pinchin's five-year-old Ode to Roy won the US$11,620 sixth race over 5-1/2 furlongs under jockey Abdiel Toribio.
Ode to Roy, a 2-1 favourite in the seven-horse field, showed good speed and fought off the 6-1 bet It's a Grandslam in a fierce duel to win by a length in 1:05.48.
Pinchin is one of three Jamaicans in the trainers' top 10. He is joint seventh - on eight wins - with Kirk Ziadie, whose father Ralph Ziadie is ninth on seven wins.