Lerena rides Lucky Sam to Bloodstock title

Zimbabwe’s 2012 champion jockey, Gavin Lerena, rode Lucky Sam to the Bloodstock South Africa 2,000 metre title - the second leg of the Triple Crown at Borrowdale Race Course.

The horse, whose opening bet was 7/1 before it dropped to 12/1 at the close of betting, offered $7 for punters who put their money on a winner’s position. It came home ahead of Ernie Or Else and Fillies Classic winner Casey Dance with Mattox Eye way back in fourth place.

It was a good day for Lerena, who also won the South Africa jockey of the year award in 2012. “I am one of the happiest men on earth today. I hope this will be the pattern of my season this year,” he said.

Lisa Harris’ Lucky Sam, which was well drawn at three, started-off slowly as he was in the middle of the pack for most of the race, before taking control on the home stretch to win by half a length.

The placings offered varying amounts of money, with Ernie Or Else offering $3,60. Pre-race favourite, Casey Dance, offered $2 and Mattox Eye gave punters $2, 80. Those who put their money on the quartet smiled all the way to the bank with $315. There was $9,500 in stake money for the horses.

Heron Boy, Stirling Road, Typing and Porterhouse, which was ridden by Lance Pagel, took the remaining places. The race attracted a small field of just eight horses.

However, Mashonaland Turf Club the Chief Operating Officer, Howard Mukundu, said they were hoping for increased field in the next race that comes on April 6.

On the same day, Lane Geena won the 2nd November Plate in her third race in Zimbabwe. She partnered South African jockey, Francois Naude, having finished second in her last race at the same course. This is the filly to watch this season.

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