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Crispin wins 5 – Nance gets hat trick

October 26, 2006     E-mail this page to a friend!

(photo by Portland Meadows)
By Patrick Kerrison

Portland, OR (Oct. 24, 2006) – Rider Joe Crispin continues to tear it up in his return to riding, winning five races on Monday’s card as trainer Jonathan Nance hit for the hat trick, scoring in every race he entered.

Crispin opened the day winning the first race aboard the Robbie Baze trainee Gunshy.

In race two he teamed up with Nance for his second and the trainer’s first win on the day with Baquero’s Barbie.

Off in the third, Crispin returned to win the fourth race of the day aboard Lookscanbedeceiving for owner/trainer David Duke.

In race five, trainer Debbie Van Horne gave Crispin a leg up aboard Allie’s Beemer, who then proceeded to beat nine others in that event.

In perhaps the most exciting horse race of the day, Crispin was beaten by a barely a head to a Jonathan Nance-trainee, Billygan, in the featured eighth race.

Drawing 10 lengths clear of the rest of the field, Billygan and jockey Juan Gutierrez was in an all-out drive against Crispin aboard a gritty and game War Poppy.

In the nightcap, Nance captured the late double as Crispin earned win number five aboard Sanazi.

Crispin leads all riders in the standings with 20 wins through nine days of racing. He is eight wins ahead of his nearest rival, Clark Jones with 12 wins.

Nance’s three victories bring him to six for the meet, tying him with Ben Root for second behind Jim Fergason in the standings.