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Jockeys with 5 or more wins on a single day

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Eibar Coa

Jockey Eibar Coa

© Cindy Pierson Dulay
Updated September 28, 2007

Eibar Coa got in the groove Friday afternoon September 28, 2007, at Belmont Park, winning five races on the card. It was the first five-win day for a jockey since Ramon Dominguez accomplished the feat at Aqueduct on April 13.

Coa, a five-time Venezuelan judo champion, won the second race with Inda ($3.90), the fifth with Dose of Reality ($4.40), the sixth with Anak Nakal ($37.80), the seventh with Oh Deanne ($19.60) and the ninth race finale with Heavenly Ballad ($5.60). He ended the day with a meet-high 22 victories, and now leads Cornelio Velasquez by four victories.

Five-win days are special, but not unusual and there have been other significant days. On September 22, 2005, Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey rode six consecutive winners over a three-day period, joining Hall of Fame jockeys Jorge Velasquez (July 9, 1981) and Steve Cauthen (Dec. 10-11, 1976) and Jeffrey Fell (June 18-19, 1980) as riders who have won six in a row in New York.

Several jockeys have won six races in one day in New York. Hall of Fame jockey Jorge Velasquez enjoyed a perfect day when he won with all six of his mounts at Belmont Park on July 9, 1981. Velasquez (Belmont Park, June 2, 1980), the late Paul J. Bailey (no relation to Jerry Bailey; Belmont Park, June 26, 1959) and Jeffrey Fell (Belmont Park, June 19, 1980) all went 5-for-5 in one day.

Retired Hall of Fame jockey Pat Day won with eight of his nine mounts at Arlington International Racecourse on September 14, 1989.

The late Chris Antley was the first jockey to win nine races in a single day, when he won four at Aqueduct and five later that night at The Meadowlands on October 31, 1987.

On June 11, 2005, the day after winning five races in one day at Calder Race Course, jockey Eddie Castro set the North American record when he won nine races from his 11 mounts on Calder's 13-race card.

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