Apprentice jockey Pierre Tomas won his first race in North
America on Friday when he rode Victorious Leader to a 41-1 upset in the
seventh race at
Tomas, 20, is from
Deauville in France and has been competing in
New York since the 2012 Belmont
Park fall meet.
New York. I love the life,” said Tomas. “I’ve been here for one year and I love to ride here.”
Tomas had previously won six races in
his first victory coming aboard Annee Du Tango on June 6, 2010 at Les
Sables-d'Olonne racecourse. The apprentice’s agent, Jean-Luc Samyn, won
2,613 races as a jockey
before retiring from the saddle in November 2011.
Victorious Leader’s upset helped set up a $28,709 Pick 6
carryover into Saturday’s card, which features the Grade 3, $200,000
Withers, Grade 3, $150,000 Toboggan, $100,000
Busher, and $100,000 Correction.