Whitacre produces career day with five winners at Laurel

Horse Racing

March 13, 2004|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Apprentice rider Brandon Whitacre enjoyed the best afternoon of his young career, piloting five winners from as many mounts on the nine-race card yesterday at Laurel Park.

The 20-year old won three races Dec. 26, the only other multiple win day of his four-month career.

"I'm speechless," said Whitacre, who rode his first winner Nov. 19. "You win the first two and then try not to get a little too ahead of yourself. This is a blessing."

The grandson of former jockey Jesse Davidson guided Popular Blues (first), A Newlove (second), Daffodil Princess (fourth), Lovable Rogue (fifth) and Diamond Bullet (seventh) to the winners' circle.

Whitacre move into the top 10 of the winter standings with 19 victories, passing Ryan Fogelsonger, Joe Hampshire and Eric Rodriguez.

"I have improved both mentally and physically," added Whitacre, who has 26 career wins, all at Laurel. "I am more aware of where I need to be and what I need to do."

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