12/16/2009 1:00AM

Jermaine Bridgmohan heads to Calder


Jockey Jermaine Bridgmohan, who won the Remington title at the Oklahoma City meet that wrapped Monday, was nearing the end of a 22-hour drive to Miami when reached by phone Wednesday morning. He has been making the trip with a friend.

"We knew we were going the right way because the temperature has been going up," joked Bridgmohan, 21.

It was near freezing on the final night of the Remington meet, where Bridgmohan, the younger brother of jockey Shaun Bridgmohan, won 82 races from 275 mounts in his first season at the track. He has yet to make a decision on where he will be based this winter, he said, but for the immediate future will be competing at Calder. Bridgmohan said he could ride there as early as Sunday. It is a home track for Bridgmohan, who grew up in Florida.

"I have family there," he said. "As far as winter plans, I have a couple of options at the moment. Nothing's set in stone."

During the Remington meet, his mounts earned $1,351,701, which helped push him to a career-best $3.5 million in mount earnings for the year.

"It was a remarkable meet," said Bridgmohan, whose chief client was leading trainer Steve Asmussen. "I appreciated the opportunity Mr. Asmussen gave me."

Bridgmohan, who came in from Arlington Park, said the Remington meet also was memorable because of the various milestones Asmussen hit during the course of the season, among them smashing the record for trainer wins in a meet, with 102.