JOCKEY SASHA RISENHOOVER DAZZLES ON THURSDAY NIGHT CARD WITH A RIDING TRIPLE
Jockey Sasha Risenhoover made three trips to the winner’s circle Thursday night at Remington Park, and her three winning horses put her near the $1 million mark for the fourth year in a row.
Risenhoover’s wins in the first, fifth and sixth races put her mounts at $966,674 in earnings this year. Her racing line for 2019 is 382 starts, 52 wins, 56 seconds and 57 thirds. She has surpassed that million-dollar mark in 2016 ($1,543,529), 2017 ($1,181,986) and 2018 ($1,173,736).
Take the Over ($3.80 to win), Tashiara ($8.40) and Brenda’s an I Full ($5) were her three winners, respectively, Thursday. Brenda’s an I Full won $20,145; Tashiara, $11,796 and Take the Over, $8,745.
Risenhoover, in her late-20s, began her racing career in 2010 against her dad, Archie’s wishes, after growing up on his 200-acre farm in Sallisaw, Okla. It was tough sledding for her that year, going 0-for-19 and her horses earning $3,109, a far cry from $1 million. She got her first win in 2011 and her best year was 2016 when she finished 87th in the country in wins with 121. Terra’s Angel, a turf demon, has been her top horse, earning $245,781 while she is in the saddle.
“There’s nothing better than riding horses for a living,” Risenhoover says in her social media profile. “You get to wake up and do what you love. Not too many people can say that.”
In the first race, she was on the 4-5 favorite in Take the Over, a maiden going five furlongs on the turf. Risenhoover, an excellent gate jockey, jumped on top early in the sprint and made every pole a winning one. She hit the wire in front by three-quarters of a length over Special Trip, the 5-2 second betting favorite. Avie’s Paradise was another nose back in third. Risenhoover picked up the mount on Take the Over from the injured Richard Eramia, tied for leading rider at Remington Park to date. Risenhoover won for owner CJ Thoroughbreds of Grapevine, Texas, and trainer Bret Calhoun on the 3-year-old filly by Overanalyze, out of the Exclusive Quality mare Raffica. She was bred in Florida by Equest Thoroughbreds.
The second win of the night for Risenhoover came aboard Tashiara, another 3-year-old filly, taking a maiden race at 5-1/2 furlongs on the main track. Risenhoover won for owner Hidden Creek Farm and Silva Racing and trainer Miguel Silva. She also won this race wire-to-wire, finishing in front by 3-1/4 lengths over Country Dream. The winner was 12-1/4 lengths ahead of third-place Lucky Road. Tashiara, a daughter of Exchange Rate, from the First Defence mare Ballerina Belle, was bred in Kentucky by Brent and Beth Harris.
The Risenhoover triple came in the irons of Brenda’s an I Full at five furlongs on the turf among first-level allowance horses. As the 3-2 betting favorite following an earlier grass win at Remington Park on Sept. 19, Brenda’s an I Full was just as impressive sprinting to victory Thursday night. She won by three-quarters of a length over 22-1 outsider My Third Eye, who was 1-3/4 lengths up on third-place Kona Katie. Eramia had the mount on this filly’s first win in Oklahoma City this year, but Risenhoover was the jockey in lieu of the top rider on the shelf. The winning owner was Silva Racing of Shakopee, Minn. The trainer was Silva again. This 4-year-old filly by Idiot Proof, out of the Restless Con mare Shes an I Full, was bred in California by Andreas Psarras.
Sooner 6ix Carryover Grows
The Sooner 6ix did not produce a unique pick-six ticket on Thursday, consequently building the carryover pool for Friday night to $76,233.90. There were several tickets that correctly selected the winners of races four through nine and they paid each backer $476.28.
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