Jevian Toledo at Pimlico Race Course.
Jockey Jevian Toledo solidified his hold on third in the Preakness Meet standings with a four-win afternoon Saturday at historic Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Md.
Maryland’s leading rider in 2015 and 2017, the 26-year-old Toledo began his big day winning back-to-back races aboard Band On Tour ($5.20) in Race 4 and Golden Can ($5) in Race 5.
In Race 7, Toledo guided 9-5 favorite Grateful Bred to a 2 ½-length victory in the 5-year-old Great Notion gelding’s first start since running fourth behind Fiya in the 5 ½-furlong Maryland Million Turf Sprint last October at Laurel Park.
“He’s a really, really nice horse,” Toledo said. “When I asked him, he gave me everything he had. He was trying 100 percent.”
Represented by agent Marty Leonard, Toledo completed his afternoon with a 9 ¼-length triumph on 3-year-old Maryland-bred filly Tam Char in Race 8, a pickup mount. Trained by Charles Frock, Tam Char had not raced since finishing sixth in a six-furlong maiden claimer last October at Laurel.
“They told me to warm her up myself because she may need it, so I warmed her up myself. She broke and they told me to put her in the race because the [last] time she kind of stayed in the gate, and she was coming off a layoff,” Toledo said. “I put her in the race and she took me pretty close. I didn’t even ask her, and when I asked her she took off. It was pretty good.”
Toledo, who had won four with four of his previous 19 mounts, now has 21 wins, two behind J.D. Acosta, who won Saturday’s Race 3 on Mosby’s Ranger ($8.20). Charlie Marquez, who was at Delaware Park Saturday, leads the standings with 28 wins.
“I feel blessed. My agent did a really good job finding me good mounts today. I got pretty decent horses, pretty decent mounts,” Toledo said. [Tam Char] really surprised me. I just picked up the mount. The trainers and owners give me such a good opportunity, so I’ll take it.”
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