‘It Feels Really Good’: Camacho Rides 200th Winner Of The Year

After riding his 200th winner in 2018 in today’s seventh race on 4-year-old filly Silly Factor, Samy Camacho speculated he might win 10 or more additional races before the end of the year.

The Caracas, Venezuela transplant got right down to business, winning the eighth race on the turf with a furious rally aboard 4-year-old gelding My Bariley for his fourth victory on the card.

“I’ve never done anything like (winning 200 races in a year) in my life, and it feels really good,” said Camacho, who won Saturday’s $125,000 Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners’ Association City of Ocala Florida Sire Stakes on 3-year-old filly Silver Bay for his first Tampa Bay Downs stakes triumph.

“My family is with me, God is with me and everybody loves me in Tampa. Every day when I wake up, I see the sky and talk to God and thank him for continuing to bless me,” Camacho said.

His milestone triumph on Silly Factor came in a 6-furlong allowance/optional claiming event for owner Robson Thoroughbreds and trainer Gerald Bennett.

Camacho is the 19th jockey to ride 200 winners this year in North America. Defending Oldsmar riding champion Antonio Gallardo, who is tied for sixth on the continent with 246 winners, is the other Tampa Bay Downs jockey to reach the two-century mark in 2018.

Camacho, who finished second to Gallardo in last season’s Tampa Bay Downs standings with 100 victories, entered the 2018 calendar year with 170 North American victories. He sits atop the current Oldsmar standings with 21 victories, 10 ahead of runner-up Daniel Centeno.

“Like every jockey, I want to win the title. That’s my wish and my dream,” Camacho said.

In the seventh race, Camacho was content to let Silly Factor linger in mid-pack while J’s Indian Charm and Gibby knocked heads through an opening quarter-mile in 21.91 seconds and a half in 45.06. After launching their winning move on the turn, Silly Factor and Camacho rolled to a five-and-a-quarter length triumph in 1:11.20 on a track rated fast.

“That was so easy. The track is real good in the four, five and six paths, and I stayed in the clear all around and never hit her. I never touched her – she just galloped,” Camacho said.

Camacho’s big day began in the third race with a victory on Pure Gemmz, a 5-year-old mare bred and owned by Ad Hoc Stable and trained by Bill Sienkewicz.

Camacho took the fourth race on American Halo, a 3-year-old filly owned and trained by Gary F. House. He went back-to-back for the second time on the card by winning the eighth race on the turf on My Bariley, bred and owned by Captain Jack Racing Stable and trained by Anthony Granitz.

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