Jockey Jose Valdivia Jr. guided the maiden Hiatus off the rail in the stretch to win the seventh race at Hollywood Park July 6, earning his 1,000th career victory.
Get Funky, winner last year of the Del Mar Derby (gr. IIT), heads a field of eight headed to the post Saturday in the Inglewood Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Hollywood Park.
Jockeys David Flores and Jose Valdivia Jr. were hospitalized following three separate spills at Hollywood Park on Sunday.
Jose Valdivia Jr., winner of the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) aboard 30-1 shot Castledale, said Wednesday that he has fired his agent of seven months, Tom Knust, and replaced him with his former agent, Brian Beach.
A 73-race losing streak wasn't enough to shake the confidence of jockey Jose Valdivia Jr., who warmed up in a big way Saturday.
Heat Haze walked out of the gate, was dead last for most of the running, and then exploded down the stretch to circle the field and win the Citgo Distaff Turf Mile (gr. III) at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby Day.
- By Dan Liebman
Val Royal came flying down the lane to win the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) in 1:32.05, the course record at Belmont Park being 1:31.60.
With jockey Jose Valdivia Jr. in the distinctive Chicago Cubs uniform silks of owners Ron and Susie Anson, Tali'sluckybusride launched a winning bid on the second turn en route to a 4 1/2-length win in Sunday's $250,000 Oak Leaf Stakes (gr. I) at Santa Anita.
Former American claimer Lord Sterling gave his connections a thrill as he battled for the lead on the turn for home in the first running of the Japan Cup Dirt (Jpn-I) at Tokyo Race Course on Saturday, but Ron and Susie Anson's gutty Black Tie Affair gelding was overtaken in midstretch by a pair of Japanese runners, winding up third behind Wing Arrow and Sanford City in the 1 5/16-mile event.
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