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Jamieson: 'This Year Is A Bounce-Back Season'

Published: May 17, 2011 2:58 pm ET

Last Comment: May 18, 2011 12:12 am ET | 2 Comment(s) | Jump to Comments

Woodbine Racetrack's winter meet came to an end on Monday, May 16 with driver Jody Jamieson and trainer Jeff Gillis atop their respective leaderboards.

Jamieson put up very impressive records over the winter, with top numbers in every category.

The resident of Moffat, Ont. recorded 136 wins from 588 starts, which is 53 victories more than his closest foe, Randy Waples. Jamieson’s purse earnings were in excess of $2.2 million and he sported a .370 UDR.

Last year, it was Waples that captured the leading driver honours for the winter meet, however, the roles have now been reversed.

"I think this year is a bounce-back season from last year," Jamieson commented. "Last season I took a lot of time off and was able to get back to second place overall in the standings.”

This year was a different story, a focused Jamieson was on top of his game right from the beginning of the meet.

"This year, I wanted to make my mark right away. Everyone wants to be the leading driver and right now I am, so I'm going to do my best to keep it that way," he said.

The combination between Jamieson and Gillis has proven to be very successful and Jamieson gives credit to the accomplished trainer.

"His horses always seem ready to go. He's a very smart trainer and a top horseman,” Jamieson said. “He has shown consistency with yearlings, successful two and three-year-olds, older horses and claimers, so he's a great all-around horseman. We have a great partnership."

The statistics show that the Jamieson/Gillis partnership works very well, as Gillis took the top trainer title.

Gillis sent out 43 winners this winter at Woodbine. He collected $1,103,735 in purses, which surpassed his nearest competitor, Richard Moreau, by over $500,000.

"We have had a lot of quality horses come through this barn and have performed very well,” said Gillis. “There have been some horses that have shipped here from the U.S. for stakes events, which have raced well for the most part.”

Gillis concludes that adding some new horses to his barn has been partly responsible for the some of his success this winter.

"We have had some fresh faces, which always helps,” explained the conditioner. “I've claimed a few horses which have done well, and a few horses got claimed off me, so sometimes it’s nice to have a nice turnaround of horses."

Next up is the 98-day meet at Mohawk Racetrack, which begins this Thursday and will conclude October 1.

May 18, 2011 - 12:12 amI have to agree with Paul

Dan Davis SAID...

I have to agree with Paul Keith. Jody is such a smart driver....he knows what kind of trip the individual horse he is driving needs to win the race and sets out to do so.
You know when he is driving your horse it is going to be put in the race in the best spot for the horse to be the eventual winner. Very seldom makes a mistake. Stats say it all!!!!

May 17, 2011 - 3:44 pmKeep up the good work Jody.

Paul Keith SAID...

Keep up the good work Jody. I can't think of a better driver in North America right now. Your father set a great example for you of how hard work and determination pay off.


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