J'can Simpson, Nelson score contrasting stakes wins
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (CMC) — Jamaican jockeys Trevor Simpson and Tyrone Nelson produced contrasting rides to capture the feature
races on the eight-race card at Assiniboia Downs here Saturday.
Simpson took the CAN$30,000 Osiris Stakes with 5-1 bet Da Hoot, beating the two-year-olds by a neck going six furlongs.
Meanwhile, Nelson won the $30,000 Jack Hardy Stakes over 1-1/16th miles with another 5-1 chance She's Copacetic, stalking from second before storming to the finish 4-1/2 lengths clear.
Both added-money wins were part of braces for the experienced riders as Nelson also won race five and Simpson, race six.
Simpson scored first in race three, with a patient effort aboard Da Hoot.
Stormin Along and Cmonbabylitemyfire cantered through the early fractions with Simpson holding Da Hoot at the rear of the five-horse field.
He then swung the bay gelding wide heading into the stretch, overhauling the leaders and getting up late at the wire.
Simpson completed his double when he won the $12,000 race six, guiding four-year-old chestnut gelding Red Rebellion to a handsome win over the three-year-olds and upward.
Nelson, meanwhile, stalked from second aboard She's Copacetic as Bloomtown Baby staved him off by a head, to post fractions of 23.60 seconds and 49.40 for the half-mile.
On the final turn, She's Copacetic produced a burst of speed to get clear and sprint to the finish in 1:49.60.
Nelson completed a successful outing when he led from gate to wire to win race five with the favourite Dance the Dance, over six furlongs.