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Former Tampa Bay Downs champ sets jockey title mark

Derek Bell answered the bell again.

The former Tampa Bay Downs riding champion etched his name into the Canterbury Park record book on Monday, becoming the only jockey to capture a sixth win title at the Shakopee, Minn., track.

Bell dominated with 93 victories in 340 starts and $1,381,223 in purse earnings. He finished 22 wins ahead of Paul Nolan. TBD track announcer Richard Grunder was Bell's agent for the 67-day meet.

"It's just awesome being (at Canterbury Park)," Bell said. "But it's not over yet. I have no idea what I'm doing for the winter."

That is because Bell is one of seven riders banned at TBD since 2006, the result of a Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau investigation into possible race fixing. Although there has been no resolution, some tracks have not allowed the jockeys on their grounds. The TRPB recently said the case remains open and is in the hands of the FBI.

It was the third time Bell has won back-to-back crowns at Canterbury Park (2000-01, 2003-04 and 2007-08). He captured his lone TBD title in 2000-01. Oldsmar riders Dean Butler (third with 70 wins) and Jesse Garcia (fifth with 42) also had successful meets.

Jamie Ness, the two-time defending training champion at TBD, finished third with 43 victories, 34 behind McLean Robertson, who won his fourth straight title with 77 wins.

At Ellis Park in Henderson, Ky., TBD trainer Lori Smock narrowly missed a championship, falling one victory shy of D. Kelly Ackerman. Both conditioners won once on Monday, the meet's final card. Smock finished with 14 wins in 75 starts. Oldsmar conditioner Barbara McBride was fourth with 11 victories.

Other TBD connections pulled an upset on Wednesday, when owners Peter and Sharyn Wasiluk saw Dinner in Odem ($33.20) win the $55,000 Cape Henlopen Stakes at Delaware Park in Wilmington. Peter Wasiluk is the trainer.

GREYHOUNDS: McAllister Kennels entered Friday night with the win lead at Derby Lane in St. Petersburg. Forty-four of its 97 wins were at Grade A. … La Rosa Enterprises' Red Dirt Road won his 61st career race on Wednesday to surpass Kaias Sequoyah as the all-time winner for kennel operator Tom La Rosa. He is in a three-way tie for the meet win lead (eight) with Magic City's Reward Trent and McAllister's Flying Macbeth, who has 58 lifetime victories.

MORE HORSES: Calder Race Course showcases juveniles today with only 2-year-olds racing on the Florida Stallion Stakes 12-card program at Miami Gardens. There are six stakes, highlighted by the Susan's Girl and Affirmed, both $150,000 events. … TBD runners are at Delaware Park today with Cash's Girl in the Grade III $200,000 Endine (Race 8, 3:54 p.m.) and Jaunty Gale, Speeding Fever and Tens Holy Spirit in the $100,000 George Rosenberger Memorial (Race 9, 4:21 p.m.). … TBD trainers Tom Proctor and Dale Bennett have horses entered in Grade III races today at Arlington Park in Arlington Heights, Ill. Proctor saddles Closeout and Tight Precision in the $200,000 Pucker Up (Race 9, 5:55 p.m.), while Bennett has Mamma Lina in the $150,000 Arlington-Washington Lassie (Race 8, 5:25 p.m.).

Former Tampa Bay Downs champ sets jockey title mark 09/05/08 [Last modified: Friday, September 5, 2008 9:08pm]
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