A humdrum Saturday at Aqueduct became a moment in history when former jockey Robbie Davis won his first race as a trainer with Sandyinthesun, who took the seventh race by a nose at odds of 39-1.
Davis won the Jockey Club Gold Cup aboard Allen Jerkens’ Wagon Limit; he won the 1995 Sanford, Futurity, and Champagne with eventual juvenile male champion Maria’s Mon.
None of those victories, he said, compared to this maiden win, with a horse that he owns in partnership with Thomas Ponterella, a horse that they bought in Saratoga for $700, a horse that Davis himself rode at Belmont in October.
It wasn’t Davis in the irons on Saturday when Sandyinthesun got his nose on the wire. It was his daughter Jackie.
“To me, it’s better than any win I ever rode,” Davis said. “It’s unimaginable, the feeling.”