Jockey Jesse Campbell enjoyed a memorable day of racing at Woodbine on Friday, riding five winners on the nine-race card.
Campbell, who won his first career race at Arlington Park on July 20, 1995, on a horse (Apostle Island) trained by his father, Michael Campbell, and bred by his grandfather, moved his tack to Woodbine in 2011.
After taking the early double with the front-running Bestavailable ($4) and Binks Forest ($12.80), Campbell completed the hat trick with an out of the clouds rally from Androeah ($12.20) in the fourth race.
Campbell, who boasts a pair of Grade 3 wins at Woodbine this year with Essence Hit Man in the Vigil and Bold Venture Stakes, returned to on-the-engine tactics in the seventh race, guiding Niigon’s Player ($4.20) gate to wire. He completed his quintet of quality rides with an off-the-pace rush from Jomelo ($9.80) to win the eighth race.
In his other mounts on Friday’s card Campbell notched a pair of second-place finishes with Variable Rate (Race 5) and Wicket Ewok (Race 6), to go along with a seventh-place run aboard A.C. Acqualina (Race 3). In the ninth and final race on the card, he finished fifth with Uncatchable Fire.
Campbell has five mounts on Saturday’s card, including the call on 20-1 longshot Drenched in the $250,000 Cup & Saucer Stakes. First post on Saturday’s 10-race programme is 1:05 p.m.