(From CLN -- 6/30/12) --- Jockey Horacio Karamanos had his best performance at Colonial Downs in nearly two years Friday night when he scored five wins on the sultry, nine race evening card.
The 38-year-old veteran’s win collection Friday included a dead heat triumph atop the Carlos Garcia trained Fleeter in the featured eighth race turf sprint. The 4 year old Northern Fleet gelding crossed the wire together with Jamie Ness’s Quite A Dude, who had the meet’s top rider Sheldon Russell up top. Both horses surged past McNamara and Beer is Good in deep stretch to trigger the meet’s first dead heat.
Earlier in the card, Karamanos connected with Tequila Rules in an impressive gate to wire, 6 ¾ length victory. After jockey Russell captured the fifth, Karamanos swept the night’s final four with Hildegarde, Book The Crook, the dead heat score and with Sally Oh Sally.
Karamanos, who took the Colonial 2011 summer meet off, had his most recent landmark day on July 10, 2012 when he guided four horses to the winner’s circle. He is Colonial’s all time leading jockey by wins and purse earnings, and he won the riding title four separate times, in 2002, 2005, 2007 and 2008. With Friday’s five bagger, he took over second place in the current standings from Forest Boyce with 15 wins to her 14. Both trail Sheldon Russell, who enters action Saturday with 26.
Colonial Downs celebrates its 15th anniversary on Sunday July 8th, and past jockey champs will be recognized, including both Karamanos and Russell. Mario Pino, who won the riding title in 1999, 2000 and 2001, will return to the New Kent track that day to be honored as well. The 50 year old, who currently competes at Presque Isle in Erie, Pennsylvania, will return to Virginia for the first time since 2003.