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► Philip Ernst Rides First Winner; Pays 12.60 LINCOLN DOWNS, Lincoln, R. I., May 16. — Eighteen-year-old Philip Ernst, a Covington, Ky., youngster rode the first winner of his career in the opening race at Lincoln Downs today, piloting home O. H. Wienges and Sons Natural Reward. It was a doable first triumph, the homebred three-year-old filly also winning the first race of her career. The combination returned a 12.60 mutuel setting up a Double of 44.60 when Elsted Stables Senor Grindoya won the second race. Ernst has ridden in about 40 races, launching his career this winter at the Fair Grounds. During that meeting, his contract was purchased by trainer Willard Prickett. After his victory, Ernst did not have the usual comment, "this is the biggest thrill of my life." In fact, he said nothing. He was too stunned over the big event.