Horse Racing

Nelson blows into Century Downs


Tuesday, September 26, 2017

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Jamaican jockey Dane Nelson was the toast on the opening day of racing at Century Downs racetrack in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, riding three winners on the eight-race programme last Saturday.

Nelson started his triple in the fourth race when he won aboard Long Time Don for trainer Robert McKenzie going seven furlongs on the dirt. Long Time Don settled in a striking position behind the early leaders and swung three wide at the top of lane, winning easily by three-and-a-quarter lengths ahead of Oved (Shamaree Muir) and Credits Good (Rico Walcott) in a time of 1:25.80.

His second winner came in the seventh race when he brilliantly drove home Private Money Game to win by a length over Coolidge (Renaldo Cumberbatch) in the CAN$30,000 Allowance event feature. Trained by Tim Rycroft, Private Money Game won in a time of 1:24.51 for seven furlongs on the dirt.

The cap came in the very next race as Nelson won aboard Some Gave All for trainer Rycroft going six furlongs on the dirt. Some Gave All was a length in front of Marcado, ridden by Muir. The final time was 1:12.61.

Muir had only one winner on the day in Sheep River Bear, who got the better of High Impact (Dane Nelson) by two-and-a-half lengths going six-and-a-half furlongs on the dirt. Muir held his mount off the pace, hugged the inside rails and cut the turn approaching the final bend before taking Sheep River Bear to mid-track at the top of the lane to win comfortably.

Nelson then rode Spectus to victory for trainer Rodney Cone in the seventh race on Sunday's eight-race card.

“It is very good to start on a high. I just hope that I can continue riding in this form. I give thanks to everyone for their support since I am here in Canada riding,” Nelson told the Supreme Racing Guide.

With those winners, Nelson (four winners), tied for first place with Rico Walcott (four winners) in the jockeys' standing. Keishan Balgobin is third on two winners. Muir lies in seventh position with one win.




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