Debbie Hoonan won 6 Thoroughbred races on Sunday, Dec. 2; lets look back at big days by jockeys in the Northwest

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Jockey Debbie Hoonan won seven races last Sunday (Dec. 2, 2012) at Portland Meadows with SIX of the wins coming in Thoroughbred races. Hoonan swept the final three races on the card to attain six wins from nine Thoroughbred mounts.

Hoonan wins

Here’s a historical look at jockeys to win SEVEN or more Thoroughbred races on a single day in the Pacific Northwest:

Chris Loseth 8: Chris Loseth, Exhibition Park, April 9, 1984. Loseth was the leading rider that year at the Vancouver, B.C. racetrack with 166 wins. He retired in 2005 after winning 3,665 races from over 26,000 mounts.

7: Joe Crispin, Portland Meadows, Nov. 28, 2006. Crispin won the first six races on the 10-race card by margins of 6, 4¾, 6, 3¼, 3 and 3¼ lengths. He won the eighth race by 3½ lengths.  Crispin had a chance for eight wins that day riding the 2-5 favorite Classy Coed in the nightcap for trainer Robbie Baze. Crispin finished 4th.

7: Justin Stein, Hastings, Nov. 6, 2005. Stein won the final six races on the card including a nose victory aboard Smart Temper in race seven. He also got beat a neck in race three on the 9-5 favorite.

7: Felipe Valdez, Portland Meadows, Dec. 23, 2001. Valdez won the final race of the day by a nose aboard big favorite Altoad.

7: Larry Pierce, Longacres, May 20, 1972. Pierce won with seven of his eight mounts that day to set the standard for most Thoroughbred wins in Washington. Pierce won three riding titles at Longacres (1970, 1971 and 1976) and finished third all-time with 1,039 wins at the Renton oval. His 63 added-money triumphs were second most.

Other noteworthy jockeys to win 7 races:

7: Russell Baze, Bay Meadows Fair, Aug. 18, 2006.

7: Russell Baze, Golden Gate Fields, April 16, 1992.

7: Ricky Frazier, Louisiana Downs, Oct. 27, 1984.

7: Marty Wentz, Turf Paradise, Dec. 17, 1983.

Notable six-win days in Pacific NW

6: J. Luis Torres, Sun Downs, April 12, 2008. Torres won 6 of 8 races and also lost one race by a neck. He notched a 7th win in a QH race and also lost one by a nose. Jockey Mark Boag beat Torres in both photos.

6: Mario Gutierrez, Hastings Racecourse, June 15, 2008. The only jockey listed that won the Kenucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes. I’ll Have Another in 2012.

6: Seth Martinez, Emerald Downs, July 27, 2008. A banner day for Mr. Martinez as he won 6 races and also had a second and a third. Two of his wins came in stakes – Chhaya Dance in the Mount Rainier and Shampoo in the Boeing.

6: Kevin Radke, Emerald Downs, Sept. 2, 2002. Swept the final four races on the Labor Day card, including a smashing victory on the Bud Klokstad-trained Flying Notes in the Emerald Derby. Nearly had seven wins but his maiden 2-year-old mount Dolphin Star couldn’t hold on in the opening race – losing by 3/4 of a length.

***NEW***6: Javier Ortega, Portland Meadows, Dec. 14, 1996. Ortega’s big day started out with a bang – winning the opener with the 18-1 outsider Justaluckyguess. Ortega capped of the monumental day winning four of the final five races on the 11-race card. Three of his wins that day came in stakes races – Justaluckyguess (OTBA Hers), Sea Cash (OTBA His), and Aglo Pilgrim (Oregon Futurity). Ortega’s ninth and final mount was a 3-length score aboard Honest Injun for trainer Delmer Webb who also trained 12-1 longshot Aglo Pilgrim.***NEW***Thank you Mr. Ortega for getting in touch with me, so I could share this special day.

6: Joe Crispin, Les Boise Park, July 6, 1996.

6: Wayne Freeman, Great Falls, July 27, 1996. It’s believed to be the most wins at the Montana racetrack. Freeman won the last race – the 10th by a neck aboard 6-1 Bit of Windy for trainer Dale Bagnell. Freeman won three other races that day by a photo.

6: Gallyn Mitchell, Yakima Meadows, Aug. 13, 1995. Mitchell crossed the finish line first in seven of the 10 races. His horse Noble Reign was an easy winner in the  fourth race but was later disqualified for a bad drug test. Mitchell’s last win was aboard 9-1 Schu Scootinboogie.


6: Scott Bergsrud, Playfair, July 11, 1993.

6: Scott Bergsrud, Playfair, Sept. 19, 1993. Won three races by a nose/head and three more by 1 length, his last win was with 5-1 Ms. Craftie Doctor for trainer B. Chapple.

6: Tim Doocy, Longacres Park, June 21, 1992.

6: Vicky Aragon (Baze), Yakima Meadows, Nov. 24, 1991.

6: Tim Doocy, Longacres Park, June 10, 1992.

boulanger6: Gary Boulanger, Longacres Park, May 22, 1991.

6: Gary Boulanger, Longacres, Sept. 20, 1990.

6: Gary Boulanger, Longacres, Aug. 11, 1989.

6: Frank Gonsalves, Longacres, April 21, 1989. Had his picture taken six times from just seven mounts. Gonsalves capped his big day with a come-from-behind victory in the feature race aboard 7-to-1 shot Super Sis. His 6-7 record was the second best all-time at Lga (1933-1992).


6: Mike Baze, Playfair, June 28, 1987.

6: Chris Loseth, Longacres, Oct. 18, 1986.

6: Vicky Aragon (Baze), Longacres, Aug. 1, 1986.

6: Richard Hollingsworth, Yakima Meadows, Oct. 1, 1977.

6: Russell Baze, Longacres, Sept. 10, 1975.

6: P. Tranchina, Les Boise Park, Aug. 22, 1971.

Frey 19696: Paul Frey, Longacres, May 31, 1969. Took the final two races aboard 2-1 Circle Mack and 6-1 Indian Tom Tom for trainer Roye Steele.

6: Paul Frey, Longacres, Sept. 3, 1965. Frey tussled with Lennie Knowles down the homestretch to win the feature race aboard Boundaway.

6: Merrill Faulkner, Longacres, July 4, 1956. The 22-year-old becomes first jockey to win six races at the Renton racetrack.

6: Ken Coppernoll, Exhibition Park, Sept. 11, 1951.

6: Eddie Plesa, Playfair, Oct. 3, 1946. Won six of the eight races at the Spokane track, including the $800 feature aboard Lone Chance.


2 Responses to “Debbie Hoonan won 6 Thoroughbred races on Sunday, Dec. 2; lets look back at big days by jockeys in the Northwest”

  1. Hedley Woodhouse - who do you think? December 19, 2012 at 2:34 pm #

    Eh, you should add this:


  2. Javier A. Ortega March 4, 2013 at 2:11 am #

    Thank you Gary for the correction……

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