Albarado Boots Home Six at Fair Grounds
Updated: Saturday, March 13, 2004 3:21 PM
(from Fair Grounds report)
Posted: Thursday, March 11, 2004 7:27 PM
Jockey Robby Albarado Thursday became the seventh jockey in Fair Grounds history, and the second rider at the current meet, to ride six winners on a single card.
For Albarado, who is closing in on his fifth Fair Grounds riding title in seven years, it was his first career six-win day at any track.
"I thought I had a couple of chances," Albarado said. "I got great trips all day long."
Albarado, 30, won with his first three mounts of the day: Classiccanaveral ($9) in the second race, Rebel Gal ($3.40) in the third and Atchafalaya ($2.80) in the fourth. He also had wins on The Looper ($9.20) in the eighth and Stalkerazzi ($6.60) in the ninth, then tied the record with a gate-to-wire victory aboard Crowd Watcher ($9.20) in the 11th.
The 2004 George Woolf Award winner had five wins from as many mounts on Feb. 15, including a victory aboard Gradepoint in the Risen Star Stakes (gr. III). He also had five wins at Fair Grounds on Feb. 25, 2000.
Albarado has 2,888 career wins, including 92 this season. He has 21 more than second-place Shane Sellers with 11 racing days left.
Eddie Martin Jr. tied the single-day record on Jan. 18 with six wins from eight mounts. Others to ride six winners in a day at Fair Grounds include Shane Romero, who accomplished the feat twice in a two-week span in February 1991; V.L. "Billy" Smith in 1990; Randy Romero in 1984; E.J. Perrodin in 1979, and James P. Bowlds in 1965.
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