Jockey Ramon Vazquez booted home a pair of stakes winners at Remington Park over the weekend and was the third leading rider in North America in total wins for the week. Those efforts helped lead to his being named the Jockeys’ Guild Jockey of the Week for December 7th – December 13th. The award is voted on by a panel of experts for riding accomplishments by members of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organization which represents more than 950 riders in North America.
Vazquez started his winning double Sunday afternoon at Remington when he went wire-to-wire aboard Delancy in the days’ opening event, the $50,000 Jim Thorpe Stakes, for Oklahoma-bred three year-olds. Ramon went straight to the front and made that early decision last, coming home a winner by a nose over a closing Air Assault.
The very next race on the card was the $102,300 She’s All In Handicap for fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and upward bred in Oklahoma. Vazquez would capture the early daily double, again in front-running fashion leading every call aboard Cassat. Ramon put her on the lead from the start and controlled the pace throughout timing it beautifully to hold off a big rally from a hard charging Ribbon of Darkness.
“I sent her to the lead. She’s a nice filly, loves to go to the lead and fight with the other horses,” said Vazquez.
Winning trainer Larry Jones gave much credit for the win to the jockey, “Ramon just sat so well. I knew his chilly hands would probably suit this filly really well and he did great.”
The win for Vazquez was one of his three wins on the day, which enabled him to finish in a tie for the leading jockey title at Remington with C.J. McMahon. Both riders finished the season with 87 wins.
Vazquez won the Remington Park leading jockey title in both 2013 and 2014.
For the week Vazquez tallied seven winners from his 16 starts with one second placing and a third place finish. His total earnings for the week were $194,559.
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