01/11/2016 5:50PM

Juarez rides six winners on Monday card


Jockey Nik Juarez won six races at Laurel Park on Monday.

"When I saw the overnight I knew I had a lot of good chances." Juarez said. "I just had to make the most of them and hope the racing gods were smiling down.”

Juarez had eight mounts on the nine-race card and won races 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, and 9. Juarez won the third, seventh, and ninth races for trainer Hugh McMahon. His other winners were saddled by John Hartsell, Dale Capuano, and Graham Motion.

“I’m happy three of the winners came for Hugh,” Juarez said. “I go back a long ways with him. When I was returning from an injury and needed help, he was there for me. After we won the seventh, I said, 'How incredible would it be if we can win the last together?' ”

Juarez’s winners were Start Swinging ($8.80), Closure ($10), Bioterp ($4.20), Sneaky Fair ($11.60), Bustin to Win ($11.20), and Escrow Kid ($3.40).

This is the first time that Juarez, 22, has won more than three races on a program.

“It’s been kind of frustrating,” he said. “I’ve had chances to win four but it just hadn’t happened. I’d win with longshots and then have favorites coming up, but it just hadn’t worked out.”

Juarez, a native of Westminster, Md., completed his apprenticeship Aug. 26. He inished fifth in the standings last summer at Monmouth Park, and was fifth again at the Laurel Park fall meet.

Juarez is represented by agent Scott Silver. Juarez’s father, Calixto, is a former rider who trains on the Maryland circuit.

** The original version of this article incorrectly stated Juarez's record at the Laurel Park meet. Juarez is now 7 for 45 at the meet and in third place in the standings. He trails Victor Carrasco by four wins and Trevor McCarthy by three wins.