SARATOGA, N.Y. >> Two days after another injury scare, jockey Rajiv Maragh registered his first winning ride at Saratoga in three years.
Maragh, who was crushed by a horse he mounted in a July 2015 incident, was taken to the hospital on Wednesday after a scare in the starting gate. He was fine, though, by Thursday. And he won his 11th mount of the Saratoga meet riding Big Mara. The winner paid $4.80.
“It’s really amazing,” Maragh said after the win. “At one point I maybe wasn’t going to be able to ride again at Saratoga. It makes you feel very accomplished for all the hard work I put in and all the time and effort to try and make myself healthy and into a jockey again. It’s very rewarding.”
Local trainer succeeds at long odds
Gabriel Goodwin trains his horses about 11 miles away from the Saratoga Race Course. But it wasn’t until Friday’s second race that he had a horse make a start. Kerry Boy finished third with 35-1 odds, a strong result for a horse that has placed in the top three in just 5-of-20 races coming into the day.
“We don’t leave Saratoga,” Goodwin said. “We don’t leave Porter Corners, where our horses train year-round. We probably have got 9 or 10 to run here. We hope for a really nice meet, a really good meet.”
First race…First win
In a New York-bred race designed to showcase horses from the Empire State, Aveenu Malcainu broke his maiden at first asking in a convincing win at Saratoga at 4-1 odds. Trainer Jeremiah Engelhart was giddy after the race, with people shouting his name with congratulations from…
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