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Jockey John Velazquez swept the early Pick 3 en route to a five-win day at Aqueduct Racetrack on Sunday, including victories in all three stakes on the nine-race card.


In race 1, Velazquez piloted favored Souper Spectacular ($5.70), a half-brother to Zenyatta, to a neck decision in a 1 1/16-mile turf optional claimer. The jockey brought home another favorite in race 2, wiring the field in a seven-furlong maiden race aboard Strike the Moon ($3.10).


Velazquez and longshot Big Brownie ($26) closed out the early Pick 3 ($220.50) with a rail-skimming 5 ¾-length victory in the Staten Island Division of the New York Stallion Series.


After finishing in a dead heat for fifth in race 4 and without a mount in race 5, Velazquez was back to his winning ways in race 6, when favored Unbridled Humor ($3.50) got up by a nose to win the Memories of Silver overnight stakes. Second in race 7, Velazquez picked up his fifth winner and third stakes victory of the day when Driven by Success ($4.50) prevailed after dueling with General Maximus in the seven-furlong New York Stallion Series Thunder Rumble Division, the day’s eighth race.


“It’s a great day for me,” said Velazquez, 38. “I don’t get one of these that often anymore, so I’m very happy today!”


Velazquez also rode five winners on August 21 at Saratoga Race Course en route to his fourth Spa riding title. He is one of three riders to win five races in a single day on the NYRA circuit this year, with Ramon Dominguez piloting five winners at Aqueduct on February 17, and Javier Castellano accomplishing the feat on July 25 at Saratoga.


With seven victories at Aqueduct through the close of racing on Sunday, Velazquez is now fourth in the jockey standings behind David Cohen, who has ridden nine winners, and Ramon Dominguez and Jose Lezcano, tied with eight.





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