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Manny Franco rides 5 winners on Aqueduct card

Syndication: Westchester County Journal News

Racehorse Indian Bella, ridden by jockey Manny Franco wins the first race of the day at Belmont Park in Queens, April 29, 2022. Belmont Park

Mark Vergari/The Journal News / USA TODAY NETWORK

NEW YORK -- Jockey Manny Franco rode five winners on an eight-race card at Aqueduct, two months after he bagged a six-win day at the New York racetrack.

The 28-year-old jockey from Puerto Rico swept the first four races on the card, riding the favorite in three of those races. Franco returned to win the sixth in a photo finish.

He leads the jockeys’ standings with 56 victories at the winter meet. His six wins on Jan. 6 tied a New York Racing Association record.

“It means a lot to me. Every win here is special,” Franco said. “It’s hard to get a win, especially here in New York.”