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Thomas riding high after four Sunday wins

Published:Monday | March 22, 2021 | 12:30 AMAinsley Walters/Gleaner Writer
Hover Craft, a 5-1 outsider ridden by Anthony Thomas, wins the Louis Hitchins Memorial Cup for Three-Year-Olds and up at Caymanas Park yesterday.
Hover Craft, a 5-1 outsider ridden by Anthony Thomas, wins the Louis Hitchins Memorial Cup for Three-Year-Olds and up at Caymanas Park yesterday.

AFTER enduring six second-place finishes on Saturday, including a late charge aboard SENTIENT in losing the Chairman’s Trophy to TOONA CILIATA, joint champion jockey Anthony Thomas took apart yesterday’s 11-race card with four winners, closing his tally with HOVER CRAFT in the Louis Hitchins Memorial.

Thomas’s four-timer moved him within two wins of Dane Nelson with whom he shared last season’s jockey’s title.

Nelson started the weekend on 20 winners. TOONA CILIATA took him to 21 on Saturday. He won astride PURPLE WAYNE and LATAPY yesterday to stay ahead of Thomas in the early running for the jockeys’ title.

SPARKLING FORM

Thomas, however, was in sparkling form, winning four events between races five to the 10, producing Wayne DaCosta’s HOVER CRAFT alongside MARQUESAS a furlong and a half in the feature out, scoring back-to-back Sunday victories with the 11-year-old gelding.

A two-time champion rider, Thomas won the fifth, sixth, and eighth races with DEE DANGER, MR UNIVERSE, and SENSATIONAL ENDING, respectively, the first of two victories he notched for ailing trainer, DaCosta, whose charges are being saddled by son Jason.

Steven Todd also saddled two winners, landing a double, the fourth and fifth events, with JAHSENDBLESSINGS and DEE DANGER, respectively.

ainsley.walters@gleanerjm.com