Jockey JD Acosta
all but wrapped up the
riding title at the Maryland State Fair with a day of racing still to go when
he rode four winners today, the second time he has completed that feat during
the Timonium meeting.
Acosta will not be riding at Timonium on Monday. He has
mounts in three stakes at Parx Racing but holds an overwhelming lead, sixteen
to nine, over Travis Dunkelberger for top riding honors at the fair.
Today the 31-year old native of the Dominican Republic rode
two winners for trainer Mike Pino and two for trainer Hugh McMahon. Back Room
Deal ($4.20) won the second race and first time starter Miss Edmond ($5.40) won
the fourth race, both for Pino. Fearsome ($7.40) led gate-to-wire in race six
and April’s Dixie Bell ($29) surprised in race eight, both for McMahon.
Trainer McMahon stands a good chance to repeat as leading
trainer at the fair, which will be decided tomorrow. He’s in a dogfight
with Jamie Ness, who tied with McMahon for training honors last year.
Both will send out four runners on Monday. First post is