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Crispin watch: Chasing a record

February 24, 2007     E-mail this page to a friend!

Owners and trainers at Portland Meadows are lining up behind Jockey Joe Crispin. And neither quarter horse nor Thoroughbred connections want to miss out on his hot hand.

Crispin has a mount in every single race over the next three days of live racing at Portland Meadows. That gives him seven chances to improve his Thoroughbred win record on Sunday, eight on Sunday, and nine on Monday's all-Thoroughbred card.

Barring bad racing luck and injury, Crispin has a fantastic chance to break Gary Steven's Thoroughbred riding record at the 2006-2007 meet, which is currently scheduled to continue through May 5. To date, he has 117 wins on Thoroughbreds.

Last weekend:

Crispin won the early daily double on Sunday at Portland Meadows. The wins did nothing to ease Crispin closer to Gary Stevensís track record of 126 Thoroughbred wins in a single season. Both halves of the daily double were quarter horse contests.

Crispin managed only one Thoroughbred win on the day, in the fifth race aboard Cash Plays.

On Monday's Presidents' Day card, Crispin again was shut out on Thoroughbreds, winning the only quarter horse race of the day.

Crispin picked up one Thoroughbred win on Tuesday, in the second race of the day on Victorious Eyes. Flip Nollar and Jerry Remer stole the spotlight by each winning three races on the card.