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Ruan Maia: Brazilian jockey had seven winners at Kranji on Sunday. Photo: Singapore Turf Club

7 Ruan Maia

Singapore: Brazilian jockey Ruan Maia rode 50% of the winners on the 14-racecard at Kranji on Sunday [August 23].

Maia, 32, is a dual Macau champ who began riding in Sao Paulo in 2006. “It’s amazing. I never rode seven winners before,” he told the Singapore Turf Club media team.

“I’ve ridden four in Macau, three or four times, and twice in Brazil. I had only a few doubles in Singapore, and now, all of a sudden, seven. It’s amazing.”

Maia won his first Singapore G1 aboard Aramaayo in the Kranji Mile only seven days previously; he is second to Vlad Duric in the current premiership.

The Singapore record is held by Maia’s compatriot, Joao ‘Magic Man’ Moreira, who rode eight out of eight on a single card at Kranji on September 6, 2013.

6 Justin Stein

Canada: Justin Stein rode six winners from eight rides on Friday’s card [August 21] at Woodbine in Toronto, where he is second in the current standings behind Rafael Hernandez. 

Stein, 40, who returned to action in 2019 after a short-lived retirement, is the first jockey to record a six-timer at Woodbine in 2020.

A six-win day has been achieved only six times since the turn of the century at Woodbine. Before Stein joined the club, Eurico Rosa da Silva managed the feat three times in 2019 while Luis Contreras also did it twice, in 2011 and 2013.

6 Karl Broberg

USA: Prolific trainer Karl Broberg has been North America’s leading trainer by wins every year since 2014, achieving his personal best of 548 in 2019.

Broberg has amassed more than 3,700 career winners since breaking his duck in 2009. He had six out of six at Evangeline Downs in Louisiana on Thursday [August 20], five of them ridden by Tim Thornton. Broberg, who has never trained a graded-stakes winner, stands second in this year’s numerical list behind Steve Asmussen.

2,000 Fernando de la Cruz

USA: Fernando de la Cruz reached the 2,000-winner mark in the US when he partnered Brad Cox-trained Katie’s Day to win the second race at Indiana Grand on Tuesday [August 18].

More than half the Peruvian jockey’s North American wins have come at the Indiana venue, where he is second on the all-time list. He moved to the US in 2007.

900 Shannon Beauregard

Canada: Our thanks to the Winnipeg News for noting Shannon Beauregard’s 900th winner on Tuesday [August 18} aboard Yesitsmejohhny G at Assiniboia Downs in Manitoba’s capital city. Montreal-born Beauregard, 38, rode her first winner at the same venue in 2004; these days she rides regularly at both Assiniboia and Century Mile in Edmonton, Alberta.

2 Elliot Ohgren

Sweden: Not one but two for amateur rider Elliot Ohgren, who enjoyed a ground-breaking double on Wednesday [August 19] as he became the first jockey to ride a winner over jumps at Bro Park near Stockholm – and then promptly completed a double in the two jumps contests on a mixed card at Sweden’s premier venue.

First up was the former Ben Pauling-trained Boss Mans Ladder, an eight-year-old who claimed the Sorrento Steeplechase for trainer Lars-Ake Enstrom, before Ohgren partnered Point Taken to win the subsequent hurdle for owner-trainer Per Hallqvist.

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