Johnston wins two more at Pimlico

April 08, 2002|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

After a lackluster Laurel Park winter meet, Mark Johnston was more than ready for the shift of live racing to Pimlico for the spring.

The move north worked wonders as the 31-year-old jockey started out with six winners, two on yesterday's card. He is tied for second in the standings with Jeremy Rose, just a win behind Ramon Dominguez, after the first week at Pimlico. After winning just 34 of 298 starts at Laurel, the Maryland mainstay won six of 26 and was in the money 16 times.

"The horses I've ridden have taken to the track and I like the way the meet has started," said Johnston, who finished ninth in the national standings a year ago with 283 victories. "The Pimlico spring meet is always exciting and you get motivated with all the big races in May."

Johnston has been a stable rider for trainer Scott Lake since 2000, and the two decided to give each other different opportunities. Johnston rode only half of Lake's mounts in the opening week at Pimlico and had mounts with 12 different trainers.

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