Jockey Black Wins Five on Les Bois Card

Jockey Nikeela Black wins five races in one night at Les Bois Park.

Q-Racing Journal

Nikeela Black rides Illtacmanhattan to win the 2011 John Deere Sandy Downs Juvenile Challenge. PHOTO: Gene Wilson & Associates

Jockey Nikeela Black won five races on yesterday’s card at Les Bois Park at Boise, Idaho.

Black rode in seven of the day’s nine races.

Black’s impressive evening began in the third race, when she rode Sax (TB) to win a 4 ½ furlong claiming event. In the next race, she guided the stakes-winning mare Chicks Loveta Giggle to win a 300-yard allowance by a nose. In the sixth race, she rode Wylie N Wyatt (TB) to victory, and then won the card’s biggest race, the $13,750 Lady’s Secret Stakes for Thoroughbreds, with Justcallheraggie (TB). She capped the night with a victory on another Thoroughbred named Xcuse Me Monto in the night’s closing race.

Her other two starts included a third-place and fourth-place finish.

In addition to being a jockey, Black is a licensed and practicing lawyer at the Arkoosh Law Offices in Boise with a special interest in family law.

Since she began riding in 2004, Black has won 178 of 770 American Quarter Horse races and has mount earnings of $648,624. Among other stakes victories, she rode Illtacmanhattan to win the 2011, $103,452 Bitterroot Futurity (RG3).

Although still early in the meet, Black currently leads the season's jockey standings at Les Bois with three more wins than the next closest rider, and a win percentage of 41 percent. She finished last year's season as the track's No. 3 rider with 19 wins from 71 starts (including all breeds).

Les Bois Park opened its live meet on May 3, and runs every Wednesday and Saturday through August 9.

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