Bal­go­bin stars, Muir im­presses with dou­ble

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

ED­MON­TON, On­tario (CMC): TRINIDA­DIAN KEISHAN Bal­go­bin pro­duced a dou­ble-stakes per­for­mance as he clinched three wins on the 12race card to steal some of the head­lines at North­lands Park here Satur­day.

The 26-year-old won the CDN$50,000 Red Di­a­mond Ex­press Hand­i­cap with 7-1 chance Xtreme Den­igray in race four and fol­lowed up in race nine by car­ry­ing 6-1 bet North­ern Lo­co­mo­tive to vic­tory in the $50,000 Beau­fort Stakes. He added to his tally by win­ning race five over six fur­longs with favourite We Can Be He­roes, beat­ing the three-year-old and up­wards by half-length. Bal­go­bin, re­gain­ing his touch fol­low­ing a rough patch of form, now lies fourth on 43 wins, in the sea­son which wraps up on Oc­to­ber 22. How­ever, he sits sec­ond in the money earn­ings with $543, 146, only be­hind ru­n­away leader Rico Wal­cott with $948, 243.

Bal­go­bin won the Di­a­mond Ex­press in thrilling fin­ish, when he got four-year-old geld­ing Xtreme Den­igray up late to beat the three-year-old and up­wards by a neck.

Go­ing 61/2 fur­longs, Bal­go­bin saved ground along the rail in fourth as Clever Speed posted the early frac­tions, be­fore pro­duc­ing a long stretch drive to col­lar the lead­ers.

His sec­ond stakes win came aboard roan geld­ing North­ern Lo­co­mo­tive in a 13/4 length vic­tory over the three-year-olds go­ing a mile and 16th.

Ma­jor Mo­ment, with rookie Ja­maican Shama­ree Muir, led through the half in 48.38 be­fore Bal­go­bin brought North­ern Lo­co­mo­tive from off the pace to beat the field by 13/4 lengths.

The im­pres­sive 21-year-old Muir also tasted stakes suc­cess when he pi­loted 4-1 chance Saveit­forarainy­day to a 4 1/4 length win in the $50,000 Stur­geon River Stakes in race 10 over 6 1/2 fur­longs.

Muir also won race three over a mile with favourite Wila’s Se­cret, tak­ing the three-year-old filly to a three-quar­ter length vic­tory over the three­year-old and up­ward maiden

fil­lies and mares.

THRILLING FIN­ISH Shama­ree Muir

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