Bridgmohan Bags Four Wins at Churchill

By Claire Novak
Jockey Shaun Bridgmohan is celebrating Thanksgiving a few days early after recording a solid four-bagger from eight mounts at Churchill Downs on Sunday.

"It was a great day," Bridgmohan said. "Actually, it's been a great year. Riding at Keeneland and Churchill for the first time has been a good experience. I got off to a little bit of a rough start here in Louisville, but they've all been runnin' pretty good lately."

The jockey's first win of the afternoon came in the second race, when he booted home 2-year-old Lewis Michael ($8.80) in the Grand Canyon Handicap for the owner/trainer combo of Frank Calabrese and Wayne M. Catalano. After a seventh-place finish in the fourth race, Bridgmohan connected again with consecutive wins in the fifth (Wild Meggie Meg – $12.40), sixth (Dyna Slam – $48.20), and seventh (Brickell – $21.80).

The 1998 Eclipse Award-winning apprentice, Bridgmohan moved his tack to the Midwest in 2005 after six years on the New York circuit. He earned his first career riding title at Arlington Park this year and trails leading jockey Rafael Bejarano by five wins in the race for Churchill's fall title. Like Bejarano, Bridgmohan will race at Calder and Gulfstream during the winter. As of Sunday, his record at Churchill stood at 17-13-9 for 100 mounts.