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Whiteside earns first win as jockey


March 3, 2006     E-mail this page to a friend!

(photo by courtesy Portland Meadows)
By Patrick Kerrison
Portland, OR – Shawna Whiteside earned her first career victory as a jockey on Saturday, February 25, at Portland Meadows Racetrack.
Riding Golden Jive for owner/trainer Scott Freeman in the card’s fifth race out of post six, Whiteside and the 4-year-old colt broke sharply then dueled with Just Floyd and Wegotaslewtoo in the early going.

Setting fractions of 23 2/5 and 47 seconds, Golden Jive opened up to a 3-length advantage at the head of the lane.

“I wanted to stay a few lengths off the lead in the early going,” Whiteside said. “But when we broke he [Golden Jive] just went right to the front.”

Completing the 6-furlong maiden special weight test in 1:15, Golden Jive crossed under the wire with a jubilant Whiteside 6 ¼-lengths to the good of Wegotaslewtoo.

He returned $17 for the win.

“It feels great to get my first win,” Whiteside said. “I have been working with this horse in the mornings and I knew he’d run well. He sure did today.”

It was the 15th mount for the 10-pound allowance jock. She’s finished with a second and a third in her other tries.