Jamaican jockey Dane Nelson emerges from bumper weekend in Canada with lead

EDMONTON, Canada  – Jamaican jockey Dane Nelson dominated the weekend at the newly-minted Century Mile racetrack, coming away with seven wins to storm to the top of the early standings.

Riding on Sunday’s seven-race card, Nelson captured the curtain-raiser aboard 3-1 choice Spectrus, bringing the 10-year-old roan gelding from off the pace to beat the three-year-olds and upward by half-length in a six-furlong contest.

Nelson was in the winner’s circle again in race three when he paired with another 3-1 chance, Dura’s Halo, to edge the three-year-old and upward maiden fillies and mares by a nose, after the four-year-old bay filly had stalked pace-setter Country Roads for most of the five furlong sprint.

He rode his third winner in race five over five furlongs, combining with favourite Wynn Wynn to crush the three-year-old maiden fillies by 7-¼ lengths, after leading every step of the way with the three-year-old bay filly.

Barbadian Damario Bynoe also made his presence felt on the card, winning with favourite Tricked My Ride in race four over 5-½ furlongs before returning to capture race six over six furlongs with a front-running effort aboard 10-year-old chestnut gelding Pakal.

Nelson had earlier on Saturday also commanded the headlines with four winners on the seven-race card. He opened his account in race two over 5-½ furlongs with favourite Super Good, carrying the four-year-old roan filly to a 4-¾ length victory over the three-year-old and upward maiden fillies and mares.

Nelson then followed up in race three with another favorite Miss Invasive, producing a gate-to-wire effort to fire the three-year-old roan filly to a 5-½ length trouncing of the three-year-old and upward fillies and mares.

His third win came when he combined with four-year-old gelding Top Notch Scotch to beat the three-year-olds and upward by 3-¼ lengths in a 5-½ furlong sprint in race four.

And he signed off on the day’s proceedings by guiding favorite Wilko Lovesong to a 1-½ length win over the three-year-old and upward fillies and mares in race seven over six furlongs.


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