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Nov 26, 2008

Leparoux ties Churchill Downs single day mark


Louisville, KY (Sports Network) - Veteran jockey Julien Leparoux won seven races Tuesday to equal Hall of Fame rider Pat Day's one-day riding record for Churchill Downs. The 25-year-old native of France won all but two of the races in which he had a mount.

Leparoux won the first six races on Churchill Downs' Tuesday card. He did not have a horse in the sixth race, but came back to win the seventh and eighth races. After failing to win the ninth race, Leparoux finished second in the final race aboard Sinister, a mount he picked up from Calvin Borel.

"I got a little lucky picking up the one mount for Calvin," said Leparoux, who took over for Borel on Troutdale in race three, because Borel's mother died Monday night and the rider took off his mounts. "I really wanted to win it for Calvin. This was just my lucky day."

Leparoux won the first five races on Diva's Gold ($6.40), Yikes ($7.80), Troutdale ($8.40), Gerivello ($10.40) and Variant ($11). He returned after the sixth race to win aboard Majestic Feline ($4.40) and Runaway West ($12).

In race nine Leparoux was eight of nine aboard Rocketinthegate. Race 10 saw the jockey finish in second with Sinister, 2 1/4 lengths behind Next Adventure.

Shaun Bridgmohan was winning jockey in races nine and 10.

Day's record has stood for more than 24 years when he won seven of the eight races on June 20, 1984.

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