J’can jockey Chow stars in Canadian feature
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (CMC):
Jamaican jockey Chavion Chow unveiled a clinical ride to win the CAN$30,000 Manitoba Mile Stakes aboard 4-1 choice Deep Explorer as part of a double on the seven-race card here last weekend.
Going a mile in the contest for three-year-olds and upwards in Race Six on Saturday, the 32-year-old Chow took the eight-year-old chestnut gelding to the wire by one and a half lengths in a time of one minute, 39.40 seconds.
Two-to-one bet Plentiful, with Jamaican Tyron Nelson aboard, finished second, while Barbadian Shavon Belle brought favourite Mr N to the wire in third.
Alpine Luck, ridden by the colony’s leading rider, Alex Cruz, notched 23.40 seconds for the first quarter and 48 flat for the half to set the early pace, with a group, including the eventual winner, chasing in a bunch.
Chow stalked from just off the rails before moving up to challenge coming off the final turn. They duelled briefly with Alpine Luck before getting clear to control the run in.
Chow had earlier won Race Five with 3-1 chance The Code is Gray, making all the running with the three-year-old roan gelding to beat the three-year-olds and upwards by three and three-quarter lengths in a five-furlong sprint.
He now lies fourth on 23 wins in the standings, 10 adrift of Cruz.
Belle also tasted success on the day’s card, piloting 9-1 bet Cats West to victory in the opening race over six furlongs before returning to win Race Two over the same distance with 4-6 bet Cash Reward.
Belle is seventh on 12 wins.