06/18/2002 11:00PM

Welch and Grieves win titles


CALGARY, Alberta - On Sunday, closing day of Stampede Park's 42-day meet, Quincy Welch rode his 54th winner in the sixth race aboard Pilot's Passage to win the riding title by a margin of 10 wins over runner-up Rickey Walcott.

Trainer Ron Grieves saddled Pilot's Passage, and the win was his 18th of the meeting, boosting him into a tie for the lead in the trainers standings with Dale Greenwood. Grieves then sent out Sly Lady to a 10-length win in the featured eighth race, the $40,000 Penny Ridge for 3-year-old fillies, to break the tie and capture his first training title on this circuit.

Despite being plagued by poor weather most of the spring the the meet ended up with a 4.26 percent gain in handle over the corresponding meet last year.

The total handle on live Thoroughbred racing was $11,698,099, an increase of $478,059 over 2001. The average handle was $278,526 compared with $267,144 the previous year.

Ontrack handle was up 1.78 percent, while full-card simulcast handle increased by 8.29 percent.

A record $1.43 million was spent at the claiming box with 133 horses changing hands, for an average of $10,900 each.

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