The Barbadian trio of trainer Rickey Griffith, jockey Jason “Jet Lee” Hoyte and groom Leroy Trotman combined with French Charm to win their first race of the Woodbine Race Track 2020 season in Toronto, Canada on June 21.
For the 33-year-old Hoyte, it will be extra special, as he only recently relaunched his riding career last December at the Barbados Turf Club’s third season after being an exercise lad at Woodbine for 15 years.
Since the season commenced at Woodbine on June 6, Hoyte, a former Parkinson Memorial student, has been close to winning on two occasions – first with Metadata on June 14, then with Head Kitten, four days later.
Hoyte, the son-in-law of ace trainer Sean Hall, finally delivered when teaming up with Griffith and three-year-old bay filly French Charm, who was installed as the 3/5 favourite. (LY)
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