Updated on 09/15/2011 12:34PM

Six wins (count 'em) for Wilson on Sunday


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Monday morning at Hastings Park is usually pretty quiet. There are no entries to draw and after a weekend of racing, there are not many horses who have workouts scheduled. If a trainer does have a work planned it can be difficult to find a jockey. You would think that after winning on six of his eight mounts on Sunday that leading rider David Wilson would take the morning off. But there he was, bright and early on Monday morning, ready to go. That's one of the reasons he was leading rider here last year and in 1995 and 1996. He can ride a little bit, too.

Wilson won the first four races on the card and then captured the seventh and eighth to record his best ever day at the races. "I had won five on a few occasions," he said. "But to win six is something special." Wilson won the first race aboard heavily favored Turbotrick ($4.30), but the average payout for his six winners was over $10. "I knew I had some live horses but Sinibion [$11.20] had never gone a distance before and although I knew that Harold [Barroby] would have him ready, you never know if they'll go that far or not." The biggest surprise for Wilson was No Time Flat, a 2-year-old who was making his debut for trainer Terry Marshall. "I have never been on the horse before so I really didn't know what to expect," he said. "He really impressed me." No Time Flat will probably show up in a stakes for his next start after winning by five lengths in a very good 1:13.52 for six furlongs. He paid $13.30 for the longest price of Wilson's mounts.

While Wilson is planning to ride out the Hastings Park meet, the lure of Woodbine's lucrative purses plus the five-day race week, has him thinking of trying his luck back there in the fall. "It's hard to ignore," he said. "I didn't realize how much the three-day week would affect my earnings, but it's substantial. You see how much money they are running for back there and it certainly is worth considering. I might give it a try after we're done here, but it's just in the back of my mind for now."

Two of Wilson's wins were for leading trainer Harold Barroby who won three races on the card.

Shortage in jock's room

The lack of opportunities offered by a three-day week is taking its toll on the jocks room With the recent defection of Ruben Solis to Assiniboia Downs in Winnipeg, the total number of jocks available is down to 12, and that's counting Dexter Assoon who rides sparingly. On Sunday, when Brian Johnson booked off his mounts because of a migraine headache and Fernado Serna was injured when D. J Victor broke down in the fourth race, trainer Judy Knighton was left without a rider in the last race and she was forced to scratch Aldergroovy.

Serna deserves a lot of credit for keeping D. J. Victor from going down when he broke his right ankle midstretch. He also did a good job of avoiding Texas Breakout who was making a late run on the rail. In the process Serna reportedly bruised or tore the muscle behind his knee but according to his agent Wayne Snow, he should be fine to ride Wednesday.

* When Castle Mountain came up with a abscess in her foot and scratched out of Saturday's Emerald Downs Handicap, it left only three horses in the race. It soon turned into a one-horse race as Ivy Lane cruised to an uncontested lead and was never threatened on her way to a 2 3/4-length victory over 4-5 favorite Lady's Jewel. Final time for the 6 1/2 furlongs was 1:17.92. The problem facing her owners, Battle Creek Farm, and trainer, Mel Snow, is what to do with her now. "That's a good question," said Snow. "There's no sprints left for her here or at Emerald Downs. We might have to try her long one more time, but maybe we'll try different tactics and let her run on her own instead of trying to gear her down."