Pino Rides Seven Winners on Colonial Card

Mario Pino, Colonial Downs' leading rider for the past three years, rode seven winners to victory Sunday afternoon at the New Kent, Virgnia track.

Included in the seven wins were five straight--from the second race through the sixth race and included victories atop Lady Grace ($6.80), Grey Gables ($5.80), Minnieprize ($8.60), Minoruego ($14.60) and Middleworth Bay ($7.60).

Winless in the next two, Pino swept both halves of the late daily double, \with Broad Victory ($5.20) in the $40,000 Somethingroyal Stakes and with Kenny N Billy ($8.80) in the finale.

"I came to the track today (Sunday) feeling like I could win a couple races, but never thought I could end up with seven," said a jubilant Pino. "I really should have won eight though. In the seventh race, I had a split second to make a decision whether to go inside or outside in deep stretch, and I made the wrong choice. You have to make a quick call and sometimes you're right, then sometimes you're wrong."

"Everybody was great to me in the winners circle after the seventh win. It was a lot of fun and something I'm proud of," added Pino.

Pino entered Sunday's card trailing leading Horatio Karamanos by a 26-13 margin for the first 13 days of the Colonial meet. After Sunday's card, the win difference between first and second place diminished by seven.