WINNIPEG, Canada – Exciting rider Antonio Whitehall rode two winners and missed out on a third through disqualification, as he took centre-stage on the seven-race mid-week card yesterday.
The Barbadian scored with favourite Lil Miss Zak in race two before returning to win race four with 4-5 choice Ebadan.
Whitehall had earlier crossed the wire first in race one over six furlongs with near favourite Respect the Shot but the rider of second-placed Halkirk, Trinidadian Stanley Chadee Jr, lodged an objection for interference which was upheld by stewards.
Respect the Shot was then disqualified and placed second with Halkirk upgraded.
Whitehall, though, wasted little time in making up for the disappointment, combining with three-year-old bay filly Lil Miss Zak to crush the three-year-old and upward maiden fillies and mares by a whopping 12-1/4 lengths.
Going six furlongs, Whitehall sent Lil Miss Zak nearly three lengths clear at the half and was alone in the stretch to dominate.
His second win came in a seven-furlong trip for the three-year-olds and upward when he steered Ebadan to a narrow victory.
Whitehall raced the five-year-old bay gelding near the rear of the field early on before bringing him with a late run to edge pace-setter Budlitelarry by half-length.