Newcomer Alberto Pusac continues to ride a hot saddle at Horsemen’s Park.

The jockey rode both ends of the daily double Saturday, including the featured first race. Pusac won the $20,000 Nebraska Queen Stakes aboard Let’s Go Places, who won the same race last year.

“It’s my first time here and I like it,’’ he said. “And my horse ran a good race today.’’

Pusac, who is coming off a 29-win performance in his first meet at Grand Island’s Fonner Park, is off to a strong start in Omaha. After three days and 19 races, he’s second in the jockey standings with five wins.

Jake Olesiak, who had two winners Saturday, leads the way with six.

Let’s Go Places, a 5-year-old mare, surprised bettors to capture the first race. She tracked down heavily favored Love At Night in the stretch and paid $12.40 to win.

Love At Night was the 2-5 favorite after winning all four of her previous starts this year at Fonner. Those victories all came in stakes races, including the $20,000 Swihart Stakes on May 4.

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“I’m a little bit surprised,’’ trainer Gregorio Rivera said. “I knew that favorite would be tough but I also knew our horse liked the distance.’’

Let’s Go Places captured the one mile Queen Stakes by a length last year, and she repeated that winning effort Saturday. She had not reached the winner’s circle in the seven races in between.

“I saved ground as much as I could with my horse,’’ Pusac said. “Coming into the stretch I thought maybe I have a chance and then she just kept going.’’

Rivera, who saddled his second winner of the meet, credited Pusac, who rode the mare three times at Fonner, for a strong ride.

“He knows the horse,’’ the trainer said. “And he doesn’t get too excited while he’s riding.’’

Pusac followed his first-race win with a victory aboard Classy and Fast in the second. That filly went off at 7-5 odds and paid $4.80 to win.

For his career, Pusac has won 545 races since coming to America from Peru 13 years ago.

Horsemen’s Park General Manager Mike Newlin said he was pleased the facility was able to run all seven live races Saturday. The threat of nasty weather was projected to hit mid-afternoon but never really materialized, though it was cool and windy.

“We couldn’t have timed it better today,’’ he said. “We sped up the post times and tried to get finished with the live card before the weather got too bad.’’

Newlin added the threat of bad weather affected attendance for the second straight day. An estimated 5,500 wagered $82,384, with the overall mutuel handle being $129,153.


There is a new race caller at the track this year. Gary Schaaf, the regular announcer at Agricultural Park in Columbus, has taken over for Steve Anderson. ... Saturday’s other winning jockeys, in addition to Pusac and Olesiak, were Chris Fackler, Ricardo Martinez and Armando Martinez. ... Trainer Marissa Black had two wins. ... Live racing continues next weekend with cards on Saturday and Sunday. The Sunday card, the only one of the meet, will be a Family Day that features camel and ostrich races.