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Steve Hamilton, Wes Hamilton Sharing Jockeys' Room at Laurel Park

December 14, 2017
Steve Hamilton and Wes Hamilton are scheduled to ride in the same race Dec. 15 at Laurel Park when they both have anticipated mounts in the third race. The advance program has Steve Hamilton, 43, assigned to two horses -- Steve Said Don’t and Raging Regina -- so it remains to be seen which mount he’ll have. Meanwhile, Wes Hamilton, 19, is scheduled to ride Prettyasnewmoney.

The race is for 3-year-olds and up over 5 ½ furlongs on dirt.

However, this won’t be the first time the father-son combination has ridden in the same race.

On Dec. 11 at Laurel Park, Wes Hamilton won his first two professional races in his only mounts on the card. Of those two, one came on a 5-year-old mare named I Just Wanna Win, and the son finished in front of the father, who came in fourth on Include a Check.

Father Steve Hamilton has won more than 1,300 career races and multiple graded-stakes.

Son Wes Hamilton trained to be a jockey at the Elloree Training Center in South Carolina.

"I went down there, and I started grooming before I got on any horses and just learned how to do bandages stuff like that, starting from the bottom. Then I started getting on some and we went from there," Wes Hamilton said in a news release. "I learned so much down there. I’d probably say the most important thing is to treat every horse different because they don’t all want the same thing."

The father was pleased with the training his son received.

"I went down there and visited him a couple times, and they’re not just getting handed a paycheck. They’re down there working and there’s a lot expected of them, but they also expect to get a lot out of it," Steve Hamilton said. "You couldn’t ask for a better place to go."

Both Hamiltons will be riding in a number of races over the weekend.

Laurel Park will have its usual Friday-through-Monday live racing Dec. 14-18 with the first post time at 12:30 p.m.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Maryland Jockey Club