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Walcott lands five winners


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EDMONTON, Canada – Barbadian Rico Walcott continued his march towards a third consecutive jockeys’ title at Northlands Park when he reeled off five winners on Wednesday’s mid-week card at the western Canada racetrack.
Walcott, the younger brother of former Northlands Park champion Rickey Walcott, scored in race one with Riggs Flat, race four with Taxi Joe, race five with Stopped Short, race six with Kissin Dancer before taking the day’s final race aboard Famequest.
The impressive outing took Walcott to 131 wins for the season, well clear of Amie Pooli in second on 64 wins and Jorge Espitia, who lies third on 60 wins.
Walcott also has earnings of CAN$1.6 million (BDS$3.1m)  for the season which started May 3 and ends October 14.
He opened his account on Wednesday over 6-1/2 furlongs, making virtually all the running with the favourite Riggs Flat to beat three-year-old and upward fillies and mares by 11 lengths.
Walcott produced another front-running effort with odds-on bet Taxi Joe in race four to whip the two-year-olds by seven lengths in a 5-1/2 furlong sprint before following up with an equally dominant performance in race five as he carried the three-year-old chestnut gelding Stopped Short to a smashing 10-length triumph over the three-year-olds, going a mile.
He then rallied 2-1 chance Kissin Dancer late to out-last favourite and pace-setter Wings of Time, to beat the three-year-olds and upward by 2-1/4 lengths in a six furlong trip.
The Barbadian rounded off his day at the Edmonton Oval by making all the running with four-year-old bay gelding Famequest over a mile and sixteenth, to win by 2-3/4 lengths.
Walcott has also been in great form in added-money events, winning four already this month. (KP)


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