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Barn Notes: Thursday, July 21
In Today’s Notes: Jumping Up Big Time in July: Jockey Jermaine Bridgmohan; Reminder: Friday is ‘Blackhawks Legends Day’ at Arlington; Sunday Doubles for Riggs, Perez, Santana and DiVito
JUMPING UP BIG TIME IN JULY: JOCKEY JERMAINE BRIDGMOHAN
Unlike in the Rodgers and Hammerstein lyrics, it is the month of July that has been busting out all over for jockey Jermaine Bridgmohan this summer.
The 23-year-old Jamaican-born rider reached the 500-win milestone last week, won the $125,000 Indiana Distaff by a nose July 13 aboard Jean and Ted Barlas and Mike Porcaro’s Track N Jam and completed the week with a neck win in the $100,000 Arlington Sprint last Saturday.
“Last week was a good week,” said Bridgmohan Thursday morning in the Arlington jockeys’ room. “Hopefully, those two wins I had Saturday will help my agent Jon Suwanski and me drum up some more business. We’ll just continue to do what we’re doing – to try hard – and hope all that gets us closer to where we want to be.”
The younger Bridgmohan was leading rider during the Tropical-at-Calder meeting during 2006, and has won the Grade II Carry Back Stakes at Calder and the Grade II Davona Dale and Grade III Mr. Prospector Stakes at Gulfstream during his young career.
However, when Bridgmohan won the Arlington Sprint aboard Silverton Hill’s Havelock, the horse who finished second a neck back was Richard, Bertram and Elaine Klein’s Country Day, ridden by older brother Shaun Bridgmohan, and the younger Bridgmohan was able to reflect on the nature of their professional relationship some days later.
“Shaun is nine years older than me,” Jermaine said of his brother, who was Arlington’s leading rider for the 2005 racing season. “So really, we’re from two different generations. He started riding in 1998 when he was 18, so I would have been nine years old at the time. I remember going to Calder to watch him ride when he first started out, because the whole family lives in Ft. Lauderdale now.
“But I didn’t start riding until 2006, and he had left the South Florida circuit years earlier, so we really haven’t ridden against each other that much,” Bridgmohan said. “We both went to Saratoga last summer, but I got kicked by a horse early in the meeting so I really didn’t ride that much. In fact, we may not have ridden in the same race together more than a half dozen times.
“We had the same valet when we both rode at Fair Grounds for awhile so our lockers were right next to each other and we probably got to talk more than usual,” Bridgmohan said, “but when we were both riding in South Florida, and when we were together here the other day, we had different valets and were in different parts of the room.
“Riding is something you have to learn on your own,” said Bridgmohan, “so I can’t really say he (Shaun) taught me how to ride. Naturally, you learn to follow the people you admire, but if there is anyone who follows both of us, it is our father Gerald. He always wanted to be a jockey back in Jamaica at Caymanas Park, but his mother wouldn’t let him. So he watches both of us in every race we ride every day. We know he’s watching and we hear about it when we do something wrong, but also when we do something right.
“As for the win the other day, I didn’t get any special feeling about beating my brother,” Bridgmohan said. “I was just excited about winning the race.”
REMINDER: FRIDAY IS ‘BLACKHAWKS LEGENDS DAY’ AT ARLINGTON Friday is “Blackhawks Legends Day” at Arlington Park, and Chicago Blackhawks legends Denis Savard and Eddie Olczyk will be on hand to sign autographs in the paddock from 4 to 6 p.m.
Arlington guests and Blackhawks fans are reminded to bring their Blackhawks memorabilia to get it signed by the local legends.
SUNDAY DOUBLES FOR RIGGS, PEREZ, SANTANA AND DIVITO
Arlington Park jockeys Tanner Riggs, Eddie Perez and J. Z. Santana all celebrated riding doubles Sunday at Arlington, as did trainer Jimmy DiVito.
Riggs won the fifth on Lakota Stable’s Ruler of the Court for trainer Dee Poulos and the eighth on Robert Zoellner’s Soonerette for Donnie K. Von Hemel.
Perez won the second on Peter Karahalios’ Quick Delivery for Dale Bennett and the sixth on Louie Roussel III and Ronnie Lamarque’s Hero’s and Crooks for conditioner Roussel.
Santana won the fourth on Wildcat Thoroughbred’s Retail Reger for Tammy Domenosky and the seventh on B Jock LLC’s Tellme All About it for Jimmy DiVito, who also saddled Lee Battaglia and James DiVito’s Seeking the Coach to win the third with jockey Diego Sanchez up.
Jockeys Corey Nakatani and Jesus Castanon have switched their tacks to Saratoga for the upstate New York meeting which begins Friday.