Oaklawn: Apprentice Clawson Scores First Riding Double Friday

by | 02.18.2017 | 1:24pm
19-year-old Katie Clawson won her first race at Churchill Downs June 18

Apprentice jockey Katie Clawson had her first career riding double Friday, winning the first race aboard Fireupthejet ($14.20) for trainer Randy Morse and the fifth race aboard Goingtogive'emhale ($36.20) for trainer James Victor Hale.

“It was something I was shooting for,” Clawson said Saturday morning.

Clawson, 20, worked as exercise rider for trainer Kellyn Gorder at the 2016 Oaklawn meeting before launching her riding career last summer. Gorder put the jockey on her first two career winners. Clawson's first of 10 victories to date was June 17 at Churchill Downs.

Clawson finished 2016 with a 6-9-14 record from 97 starts and purse earnings of $181,647.

Clawson has a 4-4-2 record from 36 starts at Oaklawn and purse earnings of $114,326.

“Very pleased with how things have gone and the people I'm riding with and for,” Clawson said. “Hopeful that it keeps going.”

Clawson has ridden frequently at the meeting for trainer Randy Morse, winning three races.

Clawson said she decided to winter at Oaklawn because of business she cultivated last summer and fall in Kentucky with trainers like Morse.

“When I decided to come here, he was one of the first people that I called, asking if I would have horses with him,” Clawson said. “I knew I couldn't make it out here if I didn't have someone to back me.”

Clawson is named on eight horses the next three days, including three for Morse.

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