With six weeks remaining in the year, apprentice rider Victor Carrasco continues to make a late push for an Eclipse Award.
afternoon at Laurel Park, the 21-year-old scored aboard Very Lucky
($6.20-race 6), Olympic Medallist ($175.60-race 7) and Poetry in Notion
($17.60-race 9) to move into sole possession of first place in the fall
jockey standings. Carrasco has 32 victories, three more than apprentice
ranks second in North America among bug riders with 175 victories, just
four behind south Florida-based Edgard Zayas and is a good bet to be
one of the three finalists for the Eclipse Award. After arriving in
Maryland from Florida in April, he tied for second in the Pimlico
standings and then finished as the runner-up at the Delaware Park meet.
“I am working hard for the Eclipse,” Carrasco said.
the seventh race, Carrasco guided Olympic Medallist to a front-running
score at odds of 86-1. The daughter of Medallist had finished on the
board just once in five previous starts. The duo led from
start-to-finish and held off Quintile to win by a neck.
just tried to put her out front to see what would happen,” added
Carrasco. “It worked. She was waiting for the horses to come at her and
had enough left.”
apprentice riders have captured nine of the 42 Eclipse Awards for
Outstanding Apprentice with Chris McCarron (1974), Ronnie Franklin
(1978), Alberto Delgado (1982), Allen Stacy (1986), Kent Desormeaux
(1987), Mike Luzzi (1989), Mark Johnston (1990), Jeremy Rose (2001) and
Ryan Fogelsonger (2002) all being honored. The last dominating
apprentice in the state was Rosie Napravnik, who won 279 races during
her bug year (2005-2006).
on the Wednesday card, veteran jockey Sheldon Russell rode longshot
winners for husband-wife conditioners Jessica and Frannie Campitelli.
Russell and Fleet Gold Digger got up in time to take the fourth, a
$42,000 optional allowance at odds of 29-1 for Jessica Campitelli. Four
races later, he guided 44-1 shot Really Right to a hard-fought score in a
$42,000 allowance for Frannie Campitelli.