by Jim Wells
When Nik Goodwin looked over Friday’s races earlier in the day he felt a surge of confidence.
“I knew I had a real live card,” he said. “I thought I had a chance to win with all seven.”
Goodwin had to settle for less _ five. Goodwin rode five winners on a single card in 1997 at Assiniboia Downs, but Friday’s effort was his best ever at Canterbury Park.
Afterward, his three-year-old son, Layne, was waiting in the winner’s circle to give his dad a hug.
The five wins were one less than the track record, set by Hall of Fame rider Derek Bell, who rode six winners on the June 14, 2002 card.
Goodwin rode Morgans A Blumin for his first win in race two and Timetobook in race four.
He hit the hat trick with A P Dreamer in race five, got his fourth on Cheap Chocolate in race six and brought in his fifth winner on the card, Jumpin Jordyn, in race seven.
He originally thought he would head to Florida after the Canterbury meet to break babies. Now he’s reconsidering after his hot finish to this meet. He vaulted into fifth place, two wins behind Lori Keith, with Friday’s effort. He has 28 winners for the meet.
“I’m going to play it by ear,” Goodwin said. “Maybe now I’ll go to Calder for a while.”