AUBURN, Washington – Barbadian jockey Rocco Bowen kept up his frenetic pace in the new Emerald Downs season when he reeled off a double in yesterday’s nine-race card.
The reigning champion, who celebrates his 28th birthday tomorrow, won the day’s opener with 3-1 chance Kadesha before returning in race seven to score with 3-1 bet Mike Man’s Gold.
Bowen has dominated the early exchanges at Emerald Downs, and already has 32 wins from 130 starts, for an impressive win rate of 25 per cent.
He first found success over a mile when he guided seven-year-old bay mare Kadesha to a crushing victory over the three-year-old and upward fillies and mares.
Bowen raced Kadesha well off the pace as 9-1 chance Pet Gold posted the early fractions with 23.45 seconds for the quarter mile and 46.47 for the half.
Pet Gold led into the stretch but faded as Bowen charged to the front with Kadesha inside the furlong marker and stormed to the wire 8-1/4 lengths clear.
Bowen’s second win came when he partnered with seven-year-old gelding Mike Man’s Gold to make all the running over six furlongs, and defeat the three-year-old and upwards by 2-3/4 lengths.
The pair produced sharp splits of 21.67 and 44.36 to be a length clear at the half-mile and drew off impressively after a challenge from the second placed Wine at Nine.
The season at Emerald Downs opened April 8 and wraps up on September 17.