Some days a job can be a grind and on others it can be a breeze. For a jockey, it's never easy controlling a race horse, but there are those occasions when it seems like a joy ride.
Sunday in the $50,000 Betamerica.com Oaks at the Oak Tree at Pleasanton meet during the Alameda County Fair, Dennis Carr had one of those wonderful rides in winning the race on Amaranth.
Bolting out of the gate, Amaranth took the lead from the start, cruised through the middle and then blew the field away late for the seven-length victory in the six-furlong sprint for 3-year-old fillies.
Sprouts was second and D'yaknowwhatimean finished third in the eight-horse field.
"I think she was having as much fun as I was," said Carr, who didn't look back until right before he crossed the finish line.
Carr has been on the horse for three starts and has three wins, only trailing at one point of call in a race. The horse has been working so strong, she's clocked four straight bullet races three at Golden Gate Fields and the last over the Pleasanton track.
"O.J. (Jauregui, the trainer) brought her over to work here last week," said Carr, who also made the trip to Pleasanton for the work. "She worked like a freak. She really took to the track."
It was obvious the way she ran, never really being threatened throughout the race.
"She impressed me more than I thought she would," said Carr.