05/07/2008 12:00AM

Jockey makes quick impression


Some new faces greeted a record crowd of 18,230 on Canterbury Park's opening day Saturday when the jockey colony was introduced to the fans.

Two who made a quick impression were Jason Lumpkins and Jose Betancourt, who each enjoyed multiple race wins on opening weekend.

Lumpkins captured three wins during the nine-race card Saturday, winning a statebred maiden contest aboard Sahan, then returning to win a claiming contest on Ski Dubai, and capping the day with an allowance win on Bailey Road. He returned Sunday to capture another maiden contest on Jayana.

Lumpkins has ridden in Ohio, Delaware, and Northern California and was most recently riding at Mountaineer Park. The 38-year-old native of West Virginia has won 2,452 races in his career.

Jose Betancourt won two races for trainer Percy Scherbenske on opening weekend. He piloted 25-1 longshot Jane's Gold to an allowance win on opening day and returned Sunday to win a statebred maiden contest on Marsh Marigold. Betancourt most recently rode in Chicago.

* The Minnesota Thoroughbred Association will host its first annual upper midwest 2-year-old in training sale at Canterbury Park this year. The sale features 2-year-olds and some unraced older horses that will breeze for prospective buyers on May 9, at noon. The auction will be conducted May 10, at 6:30 p.m. at the north end of the grandstand. A sales catalog is available online at the association's website at www.mtassoc.com.