Five-pound apprentice jockey Alexander Crispin followed up a triple-win day at Laurel Saturday with a four-win day at the Maryland track Sunday. The 22-year-old native of Puerto Rico now has eight wins over the first three days of Laurel’s 2021 winter meet.
“I feel pretty good on how things are going. All the hard work is paying off,” Crispin said. “I really appreciate all the trainers and owners giving me the opportunity. So far so good. Everything’s been good. I appreciate everything that’s going on today and the past few days.”
Crispin opened his Sunday scoring spree with wins aboard Cinconola (Cinco Charlie) in the second race and Xmasinthecity (City Zip) in the third race. He followed up with wins on McElmore Avenue (El Padrino) in the sixth race and Zabracadabra (Harbor the Gold) in the eighth.
Crispin graduated from Puerto Rico’s famed Escuela Vocacional Hipica jockey school in December 2019 and made his pro debut last Jan. 1 at Hipodromo Camarero. He moved his tack to the U.S. mainland last spring and won his first race in the Midwest at Turfway Mar. 12. He was the leading apprentice–and second overall–rider at Delaware Park over the summer and has been riding in Maryland since October.
“It started out a little bit tough, but I maintained a positive mind and kept working hard,” Crispin said. “I came every day to work and kept persevering and believing in myself.”