Jockey Feats at Suffolk Downs on Sunday

From Suffolk Downs
Jockey Taylor Hole reached the 1,000 win milestone when he booted home 5-1 shot Salt State in the ninth race at Suffolk Downs on Sunday.

"It's a terrific feeling," Hole said. "I didn't even know it was coming up until a week ago when some of the other riders started talking about it. It's amazing how the time goes by, even though I've been riding for nine years. It seems like this has come so quickly."

Hole, 29, has been on a hot streak at Suffolk Downs. He rode four winners on last Wednesday's card and currently ranks second in the Suffolk jockey standings at the Spring Meet with 12 winners from 67 mounts.

Hole notched his first win in his third career mount at Rockingham Park on January 17, 1992. He followed his late father Michael, a native British jockey who enjoyed success stateside before an untimely death in 1976.

Hole started out working odd jobs as a stablehand at Rockingham in the mid-80's before heading to Maryland to learn professional riding at a steeplechase farm with a friend of the family. He had ventured out of town during the winter of 1996, but returned to New England from the New Jersey/Pennsylvania circuit in the spring of 1997.

In other jockey news, apprentice rider Oscar Colon earned his first career win with his first mount in the United States when he scored with Stage Trick ($6.20) in the fourth race. Stage Trick's time of 1:04 3/5 equaled the 57-year-old track record for 5 1/2 furlongs.

Colon, 20, learned to ride at jockey school in his native Puerto Rico. He rode in just three official races there before coming to Suffolk Downs, following fellow Puerto Rican riders Dyn Panell and Edwin Molinari, who have had success in New England.