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Watch: no stirrups, no problem as jockey delivers remarkable winning ride

Alex Cruz, riding without the use of his irons, posted an amazing victory at Emerald Downs
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Losing both irons coming out of the stalls usually means a jockey's race is over before it has begun – unless you're Alex Cruz.

The US-based rider showed great skill and determination to post a remarkable success on Akasi at Emerald Downs on Sunday, having lost the use of his stirrups for the entire 5½f contest.  

Three-race maiden Akasi caused the equipment malfunction by darting right exiting the stalls, leaving Cruz with seemingly no other option than trying to stay aboard.

With the filly well adrift of the field in the back straight – and not even in camera shot – her backers could have been forgiven for tearing up their tickets.

But as the camera panned out as the field turned in, the David Martinez-trained two-year-old reappeared charting a wide course with Cruz sitting high in the saddle.

Akasi still looked to have plenty to do to get involved, but she gradually started to pick up and went past two of her four rivals.

Entering the final furlong, Cruz's mount was only in third place but with the jockey somehow managing to use his whip, she charged home for the unlikeliest of victories.

The success enhanced the Puerto Rican jockey's already lofty status at Emerald Downs as this summer he racked up a course record by winning at least one race at 44 consecutive fixtures at the Washington track.


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With Cruz somehow managing to use his whip, she charged home for the unlikeliest of victories
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