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The Week That Was – June 7

June 7, 2021

By Chris Lomon /@ChrisLomon

Faith Wilson’s faith in herself pays off, a new handicapper is odds-on to make her mark, a ‘Mallard’ isn’t ducking the competition, a five-spot for Gingras, and the stars align for a young colt.

Here are five takeaways from last week:

You gotta have Faith

Faith Wilson’s first career win as a Thoroughbred trainer wasn’t exactly a piece of cake – La Luisa won by 1 ¼ lengths at Monmouth – but the milestone moment provided her with some food for thought when it came to celebrating.

Best bets

Samantha Perry has had the most of her horse racing life, seeing the sport through an interesting lens. From Quarter Horse jockey to a PR gig at Remington Park, the Central Oklahoma University alum has covered lots of angles over the years.

Her latest role will see her front and centre in front of the camera as Monmouth Park’s new paddock handicapper.

No ducking the competition

Mallard Hanover didn’t cost a pretty penny, $7,000, to be exact, but the son of Swan For All has been money-in-the-bank for his connections to date.

Sporting an unblemished record, Mallard Hanover is turning heads while lowering his speed badge along the way.

Drive for five

Yannick Gingras had himself quite a day at Harrah’s Philadelphia, recording a handful of wins on last Wednesday’s card.

The veteran driver is closing in on 7,800 career wins and $200 million in purse earnings.

Prescription for success

Dr Zempf, who took the six-furlong Irish Stallion Farms EBF Race in impressive fashion, earned rave reviews from his jockey and status as a TDN Rising Star.

“He looks to be a nice horse and we were hoping he’d do something like that,” said jockey Colin Keane. “He was very professional and very relaxed and I was struggling to pull him up after the line, which is usually a good sign. They went good and hard and it was all hands and heels from a furlong from home–I just like the performance in general.”

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