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Replacement jockey Rocco records first stakes win

Bigger Is Bettor, with jockey Joe Rocco Jr. up, right, pulls ahead of Readthebyline, with jockey John Velazquez, center, and Groomedforvictory, with jockey Joel Rosario, left, to win the Evan Shipman stakes at Saratoga Race Course on Monday.
Photographer: Patrick Dodson
Bigger Is Bettor, with jockey Joe Rocco Jr. up, right, pulls ahead of Readthebyline, with jockey John Velazquez, center, and Groomedforvictory, with jockey Joel Rosario, left, to win the Evan Shipman stakes at Saratoga Race Course on Monday.
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After Junior Alvarado’s shoulder injury Saturday, the jockey’s mounts for the next couple of days opened up. Joe Rocco Jr. picked up a fine one in Bigger Is Bettor, which he rode to a win in Monday’s $100,000 Evan Shipman at Saratoga Race Course. Readthebyline and Groomedforvictory went out to lead the field through the first mile of the 11⁄8-mile dirt race for New York-breds 3 and up. Rocco kept Bigger Is Bettor in third ...

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