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Dane Nelson sparks with six in Canada

…as Andre Martin gets home with a winner

BY RUDDY ALLEN
Observer staff writer

Friday, May 24, 2019

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JOCKEY Dane Nelson continued his good form on the international circuit after booting home six winners on the three-race-day racing carnival at the Century Mile racetrack in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada which ended on Monday last.

Nelson winners were highlighted by a brilliant ride aboard the Grey Tracey-conditioned Ruffenuff, to take the CAN$50,000 Jet Set Handicap Stakes event over six furlongs on the dirt on Monday's nine-race card.

Nelson got Ruffenuff off and running but held the five-year-old bay mare in second place behind C U At Eau Claire (Quincy Welsh) for most of the way. Ruffenuff moved up to challenge for the lead approaching the final bend, gaining a narrow advantage at the top of the lane and then had to dig in late to win driving by a length in 1:08.49.

“It is always good winning stakes races as the more big races you win the more the trainers will see you have the confidence in you to give you rides. I am happy to win one of two feature races on the day and this will definitely build my career.

Ruffenuff got a good break and when I asked her to run at the top of the lane she responded well and won and I am happy. Thanks to the connections for the ride,” Nelson told The Supreme Racing Guide.

Earlier on the card, Nelson opened the programme aboard Rain Dancer in a wavier maiden claiming event over six furlongs on the dirt. Rain Dancer, owned and trained by Dale Saunders, won by 3 lengths over stable companion Tactical Edge (Quincy Welsh) in a time of 1:10.25.

Another Jamaican Andre Martin was also a winner on Sunday as he rode The Intruder to victory in the fourth race for trainer Deanna Walper.

On Saturday, Nelson booted home two winners. He won aboard 3-5 favourite Miss McFad for Tracey over five- and one-half furlongs on the dirt. Miss McFad won by 4 lengths in a time of 1:04.13. His second winner was aboard the Robert MacDonald-trained 9-5 favourite Redneck Remark, who won by 1 length in a five- and-a-half furlongs contest on the dirt event in 1:04.26.

Nelson won two races on Sunday to keep his momentum going. His winners were 3-5 favourite Samurai Girl for Tracey in an Allowance event over five- and-a-half furlongs on the dirt and 3-5 favourite Hawkwood, also trained by Tracey, in a maiden special weight event. Hawkwood won by six lengths in a quick 1:03.52.

With those winners, Nelson took over the lead in the jockey's standing with 17 winners — four clear of Wilmer Galviz in second on 13 winners with Rigo Sarmiento third on 11. Martin is ninth on four winners.

“I want to win races; I want to win a lot of races to continue to boost my career. Winning the championship would be great as I want to make a name for myself but the aim is to win as many races as possible.

“I will just continue to do what I am doing and hopefully at the end of the day I can lift the title,” said Nelson.


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