Double for Bridgmohan
NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (CMC):
Jamaican jockey Shaun Bridgmohan kept himself in the championship frame at Fair Grounds with a pair of wins on Sunday's nine-race card.
Currently third in the jockeys' table, Bridgmohan notched wins in the first and third races for top trainer Steve Asmussen and climbed to 39 wins, nine adrift of leader James Graham, with less than two months remaining in the season.
Graham, who had one victory on Sunday, leads with 48 wins, six in front of Jamie Theriot (42), with Bridgmohan a further three behind.
The 30-year-old Bridgmohan scored the first of his two wins with the five-year-old mare Tenacious in the US$15,500 first race over a mile and 40 yards.
A 3-5 favourite in a six-horse field, Tenacious stalked the leaders for most of the trip and quickened in the homestretch under Bridgmohan to win by 1-3/4 lengths in one minute, 43.19 seconds.
Bridgmohan, who won the 1998 Eclipse Award as North America's most outstanding apprentice rider, completed his double in the US$18,000 third race over 5-1/2 furlongs with another favourite, the four-year-old gelding Round Numbers.