Joel Rosario took the Riding Title at the 2009 Del Mar meet.

Joel Rosario took the Riding Title at the 2009 Del Mar meet.


Rosario, Sadler, Zetcher Claim Del Mar Titles

Second straight Del Mar title for trainer John Sadler; Rosario wins first.

Jockey Joel Rosario, who claimed his first-ever riding title during the 2009 spring/summer meet at Hollywood Park, came right back to easily capture the division championship at the just-concluded Del Mar stand.

On the training side, John Sadler coasted to his second straight Del Mar title. Sadler, 53, won three races on the final day to tie his total of 31, reached in 2008.

Rosario, a 24-year-old native of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, was locked in a tight duel with Tyler Baze for much of the 37-day meet, but pulled away when Baze was sidelined for two weeks with a broken finger.

Rosario clicked with 55 of 266 mounts, a 21% win rate, to finish far ahead of Baze, who had 32 wins to nip Garett Gomez and Joe Talamo  for second. Rosario, who had 42 seconds and 40 third-place finishes, also led the jockey colony in purse money won with $2,792,382. He finished more than $830,000 ahead of runner-up  Gomez.

Sadler took command of the trainer's race on opening day with three wins and never looked back. He ended the meet with 126 starters for a 25% win clip and total money won of $1,210,387.  Bob Baffert finished second with 16 wins. Baffert led the trainers' list in money earned with $2,009,713.

Among the owners, Arnold Zetcher captured the earnings title with $693,640, including $600,000 for winning the Pacific Classic (gr. I) with Richard's Kid, who is trained by Baffert.

Owners Jay Em Ess Stable, Ike and Dawn Thrash, Southern Equine Stable, and George Krikorian each had five victories at the meet to lead the way in that respect.