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Jockey Is Part of Two Dead Heats

November 22, 1997

GROVE CITY, Ohio (AP) _ Jose Calo says he may be the first jockey to ride horses in two dead heats in the same day.

``I’ll be honest with you, I’ve never heard of it,″ said Calo, a jockey since 1981. ``It’s kind of exciting. A lot of people talk about it. It’s something new, at least to me.″

In the first race at Beulah Park on Nov. 12, Calo rode Princwee to a share of first place with Turn N Roll Again. The same thing happened two races later, as Royal Secret, with Calo aboard, reached the wire at the same time as American Attitude.

Calo, 35, said it took several minutes to learn the outcome of that race.

``Usually when they take that long, it’s a dead heat,″ he said. ``I started saying to myself, `Man, two dead heats in one day?′ But I knew the chances of it being a dead heat were very, very good because it took so long.″

Dead heats, in which the finish is so close the horses can’t be separated by a photo, are unusual.

``Sometimes we go a whole meet and don’t have a dead heat to win,″ said John Shepler, operator of the finish-line camera at the track in Grove City, a Columbus suburb.

Thoroughbred Racing Communications said it wasn’t aware of any previous case of a jockey being involved in two dead heats in the same day.

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