Rebecca Grace LaBarre may be an apprentice jockey and may be competing at Colonial Downs for the first time ever, but she has made her presence felt in a big way so far at the track’s summer meet, especially to Pick-4 players.
The New Kent track opened its racing season on July 28 and in each of the two Monday cards Colonial has conducted since, the 26-year-old has put an exclamation point on the final leg of the early Pick-4 with upset wins. Those wager-ending triumphs have sent Pick-4 payouts into five-digit territory both times.
Monday evening (August 10), her victory atop Bay Bridge in the fifth paid $21.00 but more importantly, triggered a .50 Pick-4 bonanza of $32,957 for the 9-2-1-5 combination. Solitary Jack ($47.60) won the first leg and was followed by Dude’s Secret ($39.00) and Chaps ($4.20).
A week prior on August 3, her score aboard Thump returned $36.60 to win and resulted in a .50 Pick-4 payoff of $19,310.50 for the 4-6-2-2 combo. Raison d’Etat Girl kicked the first leg off with a $64.00 win followed by modest middle leg returns — The Great Samurai ($6.40) and Feeling Mischief ($4.40).
LaBarre began her riding career in January, 2019 at Laurel. She had competed primarily there and at Penn National before relocating to Colonial Downs two weeks ago. In the six cards Colonial has held, LaBarre has five wins. Her others have come aboard first or second favorites — Snaggletooth ($7.40), Hypnotist ($6.40) and Tolaga Bay ($3.60).
Colonial Downs, home of the Secretariat Turf Course, continues its summer season with cards every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 5:30 PM through September 2. The Grade 3 New Kent County Virginia Derby is slated for Tuesday September 1.