Hastings Race Course Press Release
by Greg Douglas (Paulick Report)
When Enrique Gonzalez won his first-ever Leading Jockey title at Hastings Racecourse in 2013 it came down to the final day of the season when he was deadlocked with Amadeo Perez at 57 wins each. Gonzalez won two races; Perez was skunked.
Gonzalez was no doubt thinking of repeating those same theatrics Sunday when he entered closing day trailing Antonio Reyes by just one victory: 55-54.
Reyes began the afternoon with back-to-back wins in the opening two races. Game, set, match … right? Not quite. Gonzalez won the 3rd, 6th and 7th – his second hat-trick in as many days.
Nobody had to reach for a calculator to realize there was a dead heat for the jockey title when the two hooked up again in the 9th and final race of the afternoon, which just happened to be the final race on the 2019 schedule.
Then along came Jose Asencio to spoil all the fun. One of the hottest riders on the grounds these past couple of weeks, Asencio scored his 32nd win of the year aboard Trupon Online for owner/trainer Robert Maybin.
Reyes ran third on Jack’s Reign; Gonzalez finished fourth on My Grand Valentine and for the first time in Hastings modern history there was a tie for first place in the final Leading Jockey standings.