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Lebron Wins Six to Dominate Turfway Rider Standings

Saturday, September 22, 2012 12:00 AM
  • General
FLORENCE, Ky., Sept. 22, 2012 – Victor Lebron won six of the 11 races on Turfway Park's Saturday card, likely leaving the rest of the riders to vie for second in the fall meet jockey standings.

Five live racing days remain in the fall meet, which closes September 30.

Lebron won races five, six, seven, nine, 10, and 11 Saturday, upping his total to 23 wins from 53 mounts, a 43 percent win rate.

In second with 12 wins from 74 mounts is Perry Ouzts, who won Saturday's third race and now needs just three to hit the 6,000 career win mark. Ben Creed and Marcelino Pedroza are tied for third with eight wins each.

Three of Lebron's wins came aboard horses owned by Ken and Sarah Ramsey and trained by the meet's leading trainer, Mike Maker. Lebron also won for trainers Gary Montgomery, Nick Rennekamp, and Kellyn Gorder.

Lebron already holds four meet titles from Turfway: the winter/spring meets of 2008, 2009, and 2012 and the 2008 holiday meet.

The record number of wins by a rider in one day at Turfway is seven, set by Rafael Bejarano during the 2004 winter/spring meet. Bejarano also twice won six races during that meet. Kris Prather won six during the 2001 winter/spring meet.

One of Lebron's winners on Saturday was Tapanna, a full brother to 2011 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile champ and Eclipse Award winner Hansen. Tapanna led gate to wire to win the ninth race by 7 3/4 lengths and was claimed for $20,000 by Joe Woodard for Billy, Donna, and Justin Hays. Woodard is currently second in the trainer standings, while the Hays family is so far the meet's leading owner.

Racing continues Sunday at Turfway, with first post at 1:10 p.m.

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