12/03/2011 4:35PM

Aqueduct: Robbie Davis and daughter Jackie combine for his first win as trainer

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Former jockey Robbie Davis records his first win as a trainer, thanks to daughter Jackie Davis's ride aboard longshot Sandyinthesun.

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Robbie Davis rode 3,382 winners as a jockey. Few, if any, sparked the emotions that his first win as a trainer did Saturday afternoon at Aqueduct.

With his 24-year-old daughter Jackie in the irons, Robbie Davis, 50, won Saturday’s seventh race with longshot Sandyinthesun ($81.50), who bobbed his nose on the wire at precisely the right moment to edge out Sam’s Buck in a maiden turf race. Sandyinthesun, a 4-year-old New York-bred gelded son of Say Florida Sandy, was making his fifth start, all this year. Robbie Davis owns the horse in partnership with Thomas Ponterella, who purchased him for $700 as a yearling.

"That was more exciting than any winner I’ve ever had," a jubilant Robbie Davis said as he accepted congratulations after getting his win picture taken. "It was so exciting. I’m so glad to do this with Jackie . . . Thank the good Lord, this is going to be a great Christmas for everybody now."

Davis retired due to bad knees in 2002. A year ago, he underwent partial knee replacement surgery and even rode this horse once at Saratoga as he attempted a comeback to the saddle. Jackie Davis started riding three years ago and won her first race on Nov. 5,
2008. over this same Aqueduct turf course.

Davis said she didn’t think her horse won Saturday’s race because she thought the body of jockey Cornelio Velasquez, the rider of Sam’s Buck, was in front of hers.

"But my horse has got a longer neck," Davis said. "I’m telling the outrider I don’t even care if I won, this horse ran go so good, I’ll take second. I’m so proud of him."

As her father was talking the press, Jackie came up and gave him a big hug and told him that she loved him.

"It feels better than winning my first race," she said. "I won a stakes race last [November] and it feels better than that."

Marguerite Davis, Robbie’s wife, and another of the couple’s daughters, Kristen, were also in attendance Saturday at Aqueduct. Marguerite works alongside Robbie taking care of Sandyinthesun, the only horse Davis has in training. The horse is stabled at Belmont Park.

"I felt like I was getting married today," Marguerite Davis said.

"What we’re doing is fun. To have a horse like him from a 1-year-old to now is like sending your kids to college and finally getting on the dean’s list.

"For him to get his first training win and Jackie’s first win of the Aqueduct meet, that’s awesome," Marguerite Davis added. "He works hard and I love working right by him."

The only bad part of the day was that Marguerite didn’t bet Sandyinthesun to win. She only played him in exactas and she didn’t hit it.