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Jockey Couton Rides Four Winners, Cartwright Gets First Bay Area Win
French jockey Julien Couton rode four winners and English apprentice rider Alice Cartwright earned her first victory in the Bay Area Sunday at Golden Gate Fields.
Couton, who had a riding hat trick Friday, recorded the first four-bagger of his career Sunday when he won the second race with Cactus Girl ($17.60), the third with Special Holiday ($8.20), the fifth with Dixie Yodel ($6.40), and ninth with Infinity N’ Beyond ($5.40).
Couton has 13 victories through the first 10 days of the 2010-2011 winter/spring meeting and is tied for first place in the jockey standings with Russell Baze.
Cartwright, who celebrated her 24th birthday Saturday, visited the Golden Gate Fields winner’s circle for first time Sunday after guiding Wentzville Man ($6.40) to an off-the-pace victory in the fourth race.
Cartwright, a native of Shrewsbury, England, was 0-for-11 at the meeting before breaking through with the Steve Specht-trained Wentzville Man.
“It’s nice to break my maiden here,” said Cartwright, who arrived at Golden Gate Fields in December from Monmouth Park in New Jersey, where she rode nine winners during that track’s 2010 season.
Trainer Genaro Vallejo saddled two winners Sunday. Vallejo won the fifth race with Dixie Yodel and the featured seventh race, a $44,748 allowance test for older horses, with Autism Awareness ($11.20).
Live racing will resume at Golden Gate Fields Thursday. Post time is 12:45 p.m.
Golden Gate Fields will be open Wednesday for simulcast wagering on action from
Aqueduct (first simulcast at 10:53 a.m.), Laurel (11 a.m.), Gulfstream Park (11:12 a.m.), Tampa Bay (11:12 a.m.), Turf Paradise (11:30 a.m.), Parx Racing (11:31 a.m.), and Portland Meadows (12:40 p.m.).