Horse Racing

A happy winning birthday for Shamaree Muir

Completes good second year in Canada with Dane Nelson

BY RUDDY ALLEN
Observer staff reporter

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

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Jamaican jockey Shamaree Muir celebrated his 23rd birthday in style, winning the 36th running of the CAN$50,000 Sturgeon River Stakes on the last race day for the 2017 season at Northlands Park racetrack in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on Saturday. Riding the Jenifer Hunt-trained two-year-old filly and 4-1 betting shot Teemans Kid , Muir put the filly in front and made all the running in the two-turn event going six and one-half furlongs. Teemans Kid won ahead of Madam Bullet (Rey Williams) and Pure Rose (Rigo Sarmiento). “It is always good to win races. It is even greater winning a Stakes race as well. It has been a very good second year for me riding at this racetrack and I appreciate everything. I must thank everyone for their support and thing,” Muir told The Supreme Racing Guide in a telephone interview on Sunday.

Muir, who won two races on Friday – Our Second Chance and Marcodo – missed out in three other Stakes races in close finishes. In the CAN$50,000 Alberta Breeders' Handicap sponsored by White Windows Thoroughbreds, Muir aboard Zippity Zap was a half-length behind the winner. On Saveitforarainyday, Muir was beaten into second place in the North Holiday Inc-sponsored CAN$50,000 Alberta Oaks, and was also second on Regal Max in the CAN$50,000 Alberta Remier's Futurity sponsored by Horse Racing Alberta. Fellow Jamaican Dane Nelson, who had one winner on Friday ( Vivacissmia), was winless on the 12-race Saturday programme.Nelson finished fourth in the jockeys' standing on 40 winners, while Muir was fifth on 36 winners. Rico Walcott won with 94 winners ahead of Keishan Balgobin (51 winners) and Rigo Sarmiento (41 winners).Nelson's statistics for his three years of riding in Canada are as follows: 147 winners, 158 second-place finishes and 129 thirds from 797 mounts, with earnings of CAN$1,646,193. Muir's two years of riding yielded 76 winners, 90 second-place finishes and 68 thirds from 538 rides with CAN$1,121,500 in earnings.

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