Maragh makes his mark

first_imgHALLANDALE BEACH, Florida, (CMC):Rajiv Maragh got off the mark this season at Gulfstream Park on Monday’s 11-race card.The Jamaica-born jockey landed a double on the Boxing Day card, but remains way off the pace being set by Paco Lopez with 20 wins.Maragh got the day’s racing off to an exciting start with a one-length victory aboard the 10-1 chance COLD BLOOD in the US $15,000 first race contested over 1,400 metres on the dirt.COLD BLOOD brushed a rival at the start before Maragh put the three-year-old, chestnut gelding to press the pace from the two-path into the stretch, where they finished determinedly to edge to victory in a time of one minute, 24.43 seconds.Maragh was involved in another tight finish astride the 17-2 chance BAREEQA which won 11/2 lengths clear in the US$24,000 fifth race going 1,500m on the turf.BAREEQA was taken in hand at the start, saved ground a couple paths off the inside and continued in a relaxed gallop near the back.Maragh began to move up the three-year-old, bay filly midway through the far turn and swung her into action entering the top of the stretch, where she was set down eight wide, responding willingly and rallied under a strong hand ride to finish in a time of 1: 29.88 secs.last_img read more