Just riding on Diamond Mile Race Day, a dream come true for apprentice Tevin Foster

Observer writer

Friday, December 07, 2018

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APPRENTICE jockey Tevin Foster could not have asked for a better day in the saddle than on the Diamond Mile Race Day, last Saturday, December 1, 2018 at Caymanas Park.

Foster, who is in the process of earning his spurs after graduating in September from the Jockeys' School, won the second and third races aboard Laguna Point and Ballon D'Or, respectively.

Laguna Point won by a length from True Whisper and Princess Brianna in the Jamaica Racing Commission (JRC) Trophy over 5 furlongs straight.

Ballon D'Or was a 2 length winner over Danoz La Paz and Newton's First Law in the $1.16 million Tru Juice Trophy over nine furlongs and 25 yards (1,820m).

Although Foster has ridden three winners on a single race day before, he indicated that his two winners on the Diamond Mile Race Day were even more significant.

“The feeling right now (Saturday) is overwhelming. I am also thankful as well.

“I have to give God thanks and all the connections for everything that I have achieved on Diamond Mile Race Day.

“Having two winners on the day was just exceptional for me and as an apprentice this will boost my confidence level and also give trainers the confidence that I can get the job done on the big scene,” Foster said.

Foster didn't secure a ride in the Diamond Mile race itself, but riding on the day was an outstanding moment for the young rider, it was a dream come true.

“From the start of the Diamond Mile back in 2015, I have always hoped that one day I could be out there on the racetrack to feel the excitement and riding with the best of the best.

“It is my dream come to reality and I am very much thankful for it [experience and exposure]” Foster said.

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