Six days of racing remain at Del Mar for 2010 and with today being the final day without a stakes race, we’ll take a look at the race atop the jockey’s standings.
Joel Rosario leads the way with 45 wins and Rafael Bejarano is right on his heels with 42. The pair also finished atop the standings at the Hollywood Park meet previous to this one.
They’re also on top of the earnings leader board, with Rosario over $2.4 million and Bejarano just shy of the $2 million mark.
On today’s card, Rosario has seven mounts, while Bejarano has six. The battle is sure to provide intrigue through Wednesday’s closing day.
Although he’s a distant third with 26 wins, what Patrick Valenzuela has done in his return to Southern California is nothing short of remarkable at the ripe old age of 47.
We’re off to the races!
Leg 1 – Race 5 (1,6,9,13) – Bottom level older fillies and mares sprint six furlongs for an $8,000 tag and we’ll go four deep.
No. 1 Stevie’s Afleet drops to the lowest level of her career and could get a ground saving trip breaking from the rail in her third off the layoff. She’s finished in the money in three of four at the distance and is holding steady form in the morning.
No. 6 Dreams Afleet completes the Afleet swami angle and also drops to the lowest level of her career. Both lifetime wins have come at this distance and she broke her maiden here by daylight last year.
No. 9 Light of a Star is the epitome of a hard-knocking bitch. She’s won 11 of 21 lifetime starts and six of eight this year and will look to give trainer Jeff Mullins is first win of the meet first off the claim.
No. 13 Squeeze Me Tight just rolled home by over five lengths here for Bejarano two weeks ago and a repeat effort is made possible as she draws in off the also eligibles.
Leg 2 – Race 6 (1,3,5,6,8) – Two-year-old maiden colts sprint five and a half furlongs for a $32,000 tag and we’ll go five deep and hope to stay alive with a price.
Leg 3 - Race 7 (1,7) – Today’s featured race sees seven fillies and mares sprint five furlongs on turf in a first level allowance race.
No. 1 Separate Forest shipped to Northern California in her debut for trainer Richard Mandella and romped home by 11 lengths to give jockey Russell Baze win number 11,000. She should relish the turf and is hard to ignore based off the debut effort. Rosario hops aboard as well.
No. 7 Pink Diamond should have plenty of pace to run at to set up her closing kick. She’s had a touch of seconditis this year, being the runner-up five times with just one win in nine starts, but the former $8,000 claim for Marcelo Polanco could have found a field she can beat today.
Leg 4 – Race 8 (4,6,7,8) – A split of Race Six with more maiden claimers, and we’ll go four deep in this affair.
No. 4 Dime drops after showing speed in his debut and adds blinkers for Kathy Walsh, who wins with nearly 30% of her second time starters. Rosario rides.
No. 6 Stone Hot is out of 22 percent debut sire In Excess and has a solid series of works since July 4.
No. 7 B.J.’s Hope posted the highest Beyer by far of any horse in this field two races back and is a contender based on that effort.
No. 8 Final Answer has looked like a good thing in the morning for leading trainer Doug O’Neill and also acquired Bejarano’s services first time out.
Recap – (1,6,9,13) w (1,3,5,6,8) w (1,7) w (4,6,7,8) – Total cost of ticket = $80
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Yesterday’s Result – (-$62.50)
Total for meet – (-$544.20)