Derek Bell

Since Canterbury Park reopened in 1994 Luis Quinonez has dominated the track, winning five consecutive jockey titles. But with Quinonez opting to race elsewhere last summer, the door opened up for Derek Bell, the second-best jockey at Canterbury in 1999. Despite breaking his shoulder in January and having to miss six weeks of action, Bell decimated the Canterbury field last year. He had a dozen more wins than the closest contender and finished in the money in half his races. Expect the 31-year-old jockey, who has been riding full-time for only five years, to build on his success this summer at Canterbury: He just finished Tampa Bay Downs' winter season as the leading money winner. Doug Oliver, a top trainer at Canterbury, says Bell's success is no coincidence: "He's there early every morning, and he works hard."


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