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Jockey Jose Valdivia Jr., Southern California's Rising Star

Jose Valdivia Jr. is a rising star in the bright constellation that is the Southern California riding colony. His recent win aboard Val Royal in the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) showed the rest of the world what two continents have already learned--Valdivia, 27, is a profound talent who is carrying forth the grand racing tradition of his family.

Val Royal to Skip Hong Kong Mile

Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) hero Val Royal will not make the trip to Hong Kong to contest the December 16 Hong Kong Mile at Sha Tin Racecourse after developing a slight quarter crack, trainer Julio Canani revealed.

Val Royal on Eclipse Quest in Citation

Bidding for an Eclipse Award as 2001 Turf Champion, Breeders' Cup Mile winner Val Royal will be a solid favorite to capture Hollywood Park's grade II, $500,000 Citation Handicap on Saturday before shipping to Asia to compete in the $2.3-million Hong Kong Cup on Dec. 16.

Tranquility Lake Wires Palomar

Mr. and Mrs. Martin J. Wygod's Tranquility Lake earned her second victory of the year from as many starts and jockey Eddie Delahoussaye earned his third victory on the day when the two teamed up for a front-running win in the $136,950 Palomar Handicap (gr. IIIT) Wednesday at Del Mar.

Ladies Din Wins Eddie Read 'Cap

The Julio Canani-trained 5-year-old gelding Ladies Din earned his second victory since returning from a fifth-place finish in the Dubai Duty Free (UAE-III) at Nad al Sheba in March, winning the $400,000 Eddie Read Handicap (gr. IT) Sunday at Del Mar.

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