Wednesday, February 15, 2006 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, KY . . . February 15, 2006 . . . On Wednesday night, for the second time this week and the fourth time since the Winter/Spring Meet began January 1, apprentice jockey Julien Leparoux won five races on a single card at Turfway Park. The 22-year-old Frenchman had mounts in six races on Wednesday’s card; a seventh mount was scratched before post time.
With bettors playing Leparoux’s 32 percent win rate, four of the five winners were post-time favorites, two of them odds-on. In the second race, Leparoux came from mid-pack with 1-5 favorite Artemus Paperboy, who dropped in class to break his maiden after finishing fourth last out. In the third race he took even-money Beautiful Becke nearly gate to wire, battling for the lead early before drawing off to win by 7 1/2 lengths.
Leparoux returned to the gate for the fifth race, closing from mid-pack to win with 2-1 favorite Kentucky Swagger. He followed with an off-the-pace win in the sixth with second-choice Indy Energy and capped the night by winning the ninth race with 1-2 favorite Irena Point, again taking an early lead to the wire.
Leparoux’s most recent five-win day had been last Saturday. Among his wins that day was his first stakes victory, the $50,000 Likely Exchange Stakes. The young apprentice now has 82 wins on the Winter/Spring Meet, with 36 days of racing remaining before the meet closes April 6. The record for the meet is 150 wins, set by Rafael Bejarano in 2004. That year Bejarano also set the record for most wins on a single card with seven.
Racing continues at Turfway on Thursday, with first post at 5:30 p.m.