Edited Portland Meadows release
Jockey Joe Crispin has been nothing short of spectacular since his return to racing this past summer and on Tuesday at Portland Meadows the 46 year old rider tied a record by winning seven races in one day."This is awesome, it is just awesome," an elated Crispin said. Crispin began his record tying afternoon riding Debra Occhiuto's My Pal Pete to victory in the opener.In the second race he hit for the double, along with trainer Jim Fergason, aboard the Dean Honrath and Just Horsen Around Stable's Inappropriate.Trainer Jim Fergason gave Crispin a leg up on his third race mount, Spinning Slow, for owners David T. Green and the Just Horsen Around Stable. That gave each of them, Crispin and Fergason, a triple on the card.Crispin didn't have a scheduled mount in race four, but in the absence of rider Juan Gutierrez who was called away, he picked up Dig That Rhythm for trainer Nick Lowe and led him to victory.Race five saw Crispin win for trainer – you guessed it – Jim Fergason aboard the Sharon and Michael Malarkey charge, Irish Tribute.In race six, horseplayers knew who to lean on when Crispin got the call aboard the David Duke owned/trained gelding, Lean on Pete, for victory number six.Blanked in race seven, Crispin continued his winning ways in race eight aboard the Jonathan Nance and Allen Floyd horse, Chickenpotpie.Chickenpotpie gave Crispin his record-tying seventh victory on the card.He first set the mark on December 4, 1008, along with rider Felipe Valdez, for most wins on one race card.Without a ride in race nine, Crispin had one more shot at setting the Portland Meadows mark and holding it to himself, as well as tying half a dozen other riders who have won eight on one race card.Aboard the Bill Stiles' owned and Robbie Baze trained Classy Coed, Crispin broke from the inside as the public's 2/5 choice and they chased the pacesetter No Fences.At the head of the lane Crispin and Classy Coed fought the proverbial good fight, but alas it wasn't meant to be."It's all good," Crispin said. "Seven wins in one day is still a pretty good day in my book," he said with a huge smile.Crispin returned to riding this past June to the Oregon fair bush meets after a two year hiatus imposed by the Oregon Racing Commission due to a recurring battle with drugs and alcohol. According to a feature article in the November issue of Portland Monthly Magazine, an article that offers a detailed illustration of the demons Crispin fought from youth through his 46th year, the rider is the only one of nine ever to have their license stripped by the ORC and ultimately have it reinstated."I have been blessed with another chance, a great family in my beautiful wife and daughter, a supportive group of friends who've been where I have been and owners, trainers and an agent who believe in me because I believe in myself again. I am grateful to all of them. I don't know what else to say. I am just having fun, and I thank God everyday for every one of my life's blessings."