Apprentice Rishawn Blanche gets the traditional drenching by fellow jockeys at Hawthorne following his first career win
It only took a handful of mounts for apprentice jockey Rishawn Blanche to get his first career victory in the saddle.
On Friday at Hawthorne, Blanche rode favored Kimberly Frances to the win in the fourth race for owners Omar Razvi and Mike Fleischman and trainer Oscar Sanchez.
The 6-year-old Afleet Alex mare was off the early pace, split horses entering the stretch, willingly responded to snatch the lead when called upon, and cruised to a 3 1/2-length win in 1:44.98 for the one-mile and 70-yard contest on a fast track. She returned $3.40.
Following the race, Blanche was greeted by the entire Hawthorne jockey colony.
The 22-year-old Blanche has been mentored by veteran rider Rocco Bowen. His breakthrough victory came aboard his sixth mount.
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