Making just her second start, favored Weemissfrankie took the overland route for a confident Rafael Bejarano to win the $250,000 Del Mar Debutante (gr. I) impressively Sept. 3.
Jockey Aaron Gryder, who was born in West Covina, Calif., just a few furlongs from Santa Anita, has returned to ride in Southern California full time after establishing himself on the winter circuit in New York in the past dozen years.
Santa Anita's jockey colony becomes quite a bit tougher during the next 48 hours with the return of veterans Corey Nakatani and Alex Solis.
Corey Nakatani, who celebrated his 34th birthday Oct. 21, has been booked to ride in all eight Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championship races Oct. 30 at Lone Star Park.
Jockey Jon Court, perennially one of the midwest's top riders, has moved his tack to Southern California to ride full time and will be represented by veteran agent Nick Cosato.
Santa Anita stewards have suspended Jockey Patrick Valenzuela's conditional jockey license for an indefinite period of time and his case has been referred to the California Horse Racing Board for further investigation.
Patrick Valenzuela, the leading rider at Southern California's five major meets during the last calendar year, has fired his agent of the last two years, Nick Cosato.
Patrick Valenzuela, the leading rider at all five of Southern California's major meets during 2003, has fired his agent of the last two years, Nick Cosato.
Except for designated races during the first eight days this meet, Patrick Valenzuela won't ride regularly until the 14th day of the 84-day Santa Anita meeting.
Jockey Patrick Valenzuela enters the closing weekend of the Hollywood Park Autumn Meet with added motivation. A riding crown at the 30-day session that concludes Sunday would give Valenzuela a rare sweep of the five major meets on the Southern California circuit in the same year.
Congaree worked six furlongs in 1:12 Wednesday on Santa Anita's fast main track in 1:12 under Patrick Valenzuela.
Jockey Patrick Valenzuela will ride Everest Stables' Island Fashion in the May 2 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), his agent, Nick Cosato, said Wednesday.
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