Laurel Park Press Release


Apprentice rider Wes Hamilton

Apprentice rider Wes Hamilton, unseated from his final mount of the day on Friday, bounced back with three consecutive victories Saturday as part of a four-win afternoon.

The 19-year-old Hamilton was uninjured after being dumped when 4-year-old gelding Tennessee Wildcat ducked in leaving the mile chute during Friday’s ninth race, a $42,000 allowance that was moved from the grass to the main track.

Youngest son of Steve ‘Cowboy’ Hamilton, a member of Maryland’s jockey colony where he is a two-time riding titlist, Wes Hamilton began his big day with Slewzer ($23.60) in Saturday’s third race. He followed up with Tiz Surprised ($6) in the fourth and Whyyouask ($7.20) in the fifth. Both Slewzer and Whyyouask are trained by Dale Capuano.

Hamilton picked up win No. 4 with Glory Hound ($5) in the seventh race. Glory Hound was the second win for trainer Damon Dilodovico, who also scored with Sudden Hope ($4.20) in Saturday’s opener.

“It’s real exciting. It was a real good day,” Hamilton said. “Yesterday I hit the ground pretty hard and it took me a minute to get up. But I jumped right back up and I was ready to ride. I’ve just been riding as hard as I can all day today. I rode just about the whole card and it’s all going good.”

The Hamiltons accounted for six wins from 11 races Saturday. Steve Hamilton visited the winner’s circle with both Sudden Hope and Cobh ($18.20) in the 10th.