Camacho Rides Five Winners Saturday At Tampa Bay Downs

No jockey enjoys losing. But judging from today’s card, leading Tampa Bay Downs rider Samy Camacho takes it personally.

A day after getting shut out in five races, Camacho rode five winners, getting up twice within the shadow of the wire. Every jockey relishes luck, but Camacho’s improved upper-body strength, achieved in large measure by riding his Equicizer mechanical horse at home and by running, is a major factor in his rapid emergence as the “go-to” guy for many of the track’s horsemen.

A lot of experts are also praising his patience and decision-making, with track announcer Richard Grunder proclaiming on several occasions “he can do no wrong.”

Such hyperbole is understandable, given recent results.

The 30-year-old Camacho, who has 58 winners for the meeting, won three races Wednesday and two Sunday. He leads current runner-up and four-time Oldsmar riding champion Antonio Gallardo by 21 in the standings. Camacho’s 28.3-percent strike rate is by far the best among the local colony.

Camacho, who has won four races twice this season, started the day by sweeping the early daily double. He won the first race on Trappe Me Later, a 4-year-old filly owned by Robert G. Smith and Cara Oliver and trained by Smith. He added the second on Last Promise, a 5-year-old gelding owned by Promise Racing Stable and trained by Bill Sienkewicz.

In the seventh race, Camacho and 5-year-old Florida-bred mare Bridge of Sighs captured a head victory from Dorothyfromdublin. Camacho won the eighth race on the turf, the Lambholm South Race of the Week, on 5-year-old Dover Cliffs, who beat Birdsnest Party by a half-length for owner Robert S. Evans and trainer Kent Sweezey.

He grabbed his fifth victory on Fort Ridge in the ninth on the turf for owner In The Green Stables and trainer Anthony Granitz, donning a Gasparilla Pirate Festival hat on the way to the winner’s circle to mark that annual Tampa celebration.

Camacho also posted two seconds. The track record for most victories in one day is seven, set by Richard DePass from seven mounts in 1980. Camacho also rode five winners on a single card here last April.

“I’m feeling great,” Camacho said. “I like having my family here and having them come to the winner’s circle. I feel a lot of confidence, and when I watch the replays I can see I’m riding with confidence, too. I won a couple of races today where I was patient and just waited, waited, waited until something opened up, and I think the top trainers like that.”

He’s oozing confidence these days, his agent, Steve Elzey, is hustling hard on his behalf and trainer are riding the Camacho bandwagon to the winner’s circle at a giddy rate. Tomorrow is another day, but Samy is putting together great weeks in a single day on a staggering basis.

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