Updated on 09/17/2011 9:33PM

Castro sets record with nine winners on a card

Jockey Eddie Castro makes horseracing history on Saturday afternoon winning nine races from his 11 mounts on the 13-race card, including the featured $100,000 Office Queen Stakes.

MIAMI - Eddie Castro became the first jockey in North America to ride nine winners on a single card when he accomplished the feat at Calder on Saturday.

The late Chris Antley also won nine races in a single day, Oct. 31, 1987, but did so at two different racetracks, Aqueduct and The Meadowlands.

Castro's record-setting performance included an easy victory aboard Snug Harbour in the $100,000 and gave the meet's leading rider 14 winners over a two-day span. Castro, the defending champion at both the Calder and Tropical at Calder meetings, has won 45 races over the first 29 days of the current session.

Castro won with nine of the 11 mounts he accepted Saturday, including the last five races on the 13-race card. He equaled the single card mark of eight winners with a nose victory aboard Agent Won in the 12th race, then set the new standard when drawing off to a lopsided triumph with the odds-on favorite Ben's Advantage in the finale.

Along the way Saturday, Castro shattered the existing Calder record of six winners on a single program which had been shared by six riders.

"I knew I was on some good mounts today but it's hard to believe I could win nine in one day," said Castro. "I'm very excited about this record because those guys I beat are all great riders. When I'm riding these kind of horses I just try to take advantage and make the most of it but it also takes some luck to win this many."

Castro, who turned 20 in April, began his riding career in his native Panama. He came to the U.S. during the spring of 2003 and was an instant success ultimately winning an Eclipse Award as the nation's top apprentice rider that year.

Nunez wins two of his own

Jockey Eduardo Nunez posted a riding double on Friday that brought him within four wins of surpassing Jose Velez Jr. as the all-time second-leading rider at Calder's spring-summer meet.

Nunez, 39, has won 988 races during the Calder meets. Velez, who has ridden regularly at Monmouth Park for the past several years, has 991 victories. Gene St. Leon is the all-time Calder leader with 1,310 winners.

Nunez has also won 322 races over the years during the Tropical at Calder meets. A native of Panama, he has registered 1,798 victories overall in a U.S. career that has spanned nearly 20 years.

Appealing Pond looks to even score

Romanesque defeated Appealing Pond by 2 3/4 lengths going a mile on the main track here May 23. The two are scheduled to meet again at the same distance over the turf in Monday's $30,000 allowance feature, and there are several reasons why Appealing Pond may avenge her setback as the 4-5 favorite last time out.

Romanesque, receiving a 13-pound weight concession, outdueled Appealing Pond before edging away in the final sixteenth to register her first victory of the season in the pair's previous encounter. That effort came off an 11-week layoff, however, and could result in Romanesque bouncing when she returns Monday on only two weeks' rest. In addition, Romanesque raced in the better going throughout, whereas Appealing Pond appeared to bog down over what had been the deeper part of the track along the rail that day.

Romanesque, with jockey Josue' Arce having lost three of his 10-pound apprentice allowance since her last start, will get only seven pounds from Appealing Pond in Monday's rematch. If the race goes as scheduled on grass, Appealing Pond also appears to have a slight edge considering the difference in the pair's turf form.

Coquinerie, a fast-closing third under similar allowance conditions on May 16, will also be a key contender under Castro if Monday's main event remains on the turf.