EDMONTON, Canada –– Barbadian Rico Walcott rode a double at Northlands Park on Wednesday’s mid-week card, to headline Caribbean success at the western Canada racetrack.
The 28-year-old captured race three over six furlongs with 2-1 chance School Spirit before returning to win race five over a mile with another 2-1 bet Bear Famous Trip.
Walcott, the six-time reigning Northlands champion, leads the jockeys standings with 28 wins, already 16 clear of second placed Dane Nelson.
He opened his account when he steered eight-year-old bay gelding School Spirit to a one-length victory over the three-year-old and upwards.
Favourite Purple Heaven hammered out the early fractions before Walcott roused the gelding from stalking along the rails to charge down the leaders in the stretch.
His second win came when he partnered with 11-year-old bay gelding Bear Famous Trip to a 1-1/4 length win over the three-year-old and upwards winless this year.
The pair duelled through the opening quarter with Resolve With Wine before drawing off to win handsomely.
There was also success in race two for Jamaican Shamaree Muir who guided 2-1 chance Sir Bronx to a 1-1/2 length win over the three-year-old and upwards in a 6-1/2 furlong trip.
Trinidadian Keishan Balgobin was also in the winners enclosure, partnering with five-year-old bay gelding Kevin E to win race six over 6-1/2 furlongs.