3 Stars of the Week
– 1st Star: Amazombie (CA) – Much like last week, this weeks first star was an easy choice. Amazombie is one of the most classy and likable horses in training, and after Sunday’s performance he now has to be the favorite to repeat in the Breeders Cup Sprint. The Factor and Comma to the Top set it up for him by providing a hot pace, and Amazombie and Mike Smith wasted little time when flying right by them all like they were standing still. The win was Amazombie’s twelfth overall, with three of them being Grade 1 victories. Look for one or two more races before he rounds out the year at Santa Anita in the Breeders Cup.
– 2nd Star: Rail Trip (KY) – Talk about a feel good story! Sure Rail Trip’s final time in the San Diego Handicap wasn’t all that fast, but WHO CARES? Seeing this horse in the winners circle Saturday was fantastic. Rail Trip has been through so much over the last year and a half. His move to the east coast was nothing short or horrendous, and there were many that thought this horse might be done. Now, he’s a Grade 2 winner again and could be heading towards the Grade 1 Pacific Classic next. Much like Amazombie, he’s a hard horse not to root for.
– 3rd Star: Richard’s Kid (MD) – Friday nights Cougar II Handicap was nothing more than a paid workout for Richard’s Kid. He trailed the field for much of the race, but cruised by them late to win by almost two lengths. This veteran has seen it all, and has won Del Mar’s premier event two times. You’d have to think he’ll be pointed to that race once again. It’s kind of cool that all three of our stars this week are older horses that have been through a lot of battles throughout their careers, but they continue to keep producing great races for us.
Flop of the Week
– Power Broker (KY) – I’m not going to knock a two-year making his first start all that much, but Power Broker was disappointing considering he was bet down below even money and failed to hit the board Saturday. He will probably improve off this effort and run much better next time out. Still, on a week where there weren’t many flops, Power Broker had to fall in this spot.
|Rank||Trainer Name||Sts||1st||2nd||3rd||Total $||Win%||Top3||Top3%|
|1||Doug F. O’Neill||39||10||6||4||$376,490||26%||20||51%|
|5||John W. Sadler||36||4||6||4||$291,884||11%||14||39%|
|8||Richard E. Mandella||6||3||0||0||$128,250||50%||3||50%|
|8||A. C. Avila||11||3||1||2||$123,914||27%||6||55%|
|10||Ronald W. Ellis||8||2||0||1||$188,170||25%||3||38%|
|10||Thomas F. Proctor||7||2||1||2||$134,318||29%||5||71%|
|10||Julio C. Canani||6||2||0||1||$122,990||33%||3||50%|
|10||Patrick L. Biancone||12||2||0||3||$99,550||17%||5||42%|
|10||Martin F. Jones||8||2||0||2||$98,646||25%||4||50%|
|10||Robert B. Hess, Jr.||13||2||2||0||$69,710||15%||4||31%|
|Rank||Jockey Name||Sts||1st||2nd||3rd||Total $||Win%||Top3||Top3%|
|1||Garrett K. Gomez||62||16||8||14||$853,580||26%||38||61%|
|6||Edwin A. Maldonado||40||4||8||2||$283,334||10%||14||35%|
|6||Martin A. Pedroza||43||4||3||5||$194,520||9%||12||28%|
|8||Patrick A. Valenzuela||15||3||0||1||$266,928||20%||4||27%|
|8||Corey S. Nakatani||37||3||4||4||$221,460||8%||11||30%|
|11||David Romero Flores||39||2||2||8||$209,057||5%||12||31%|
|11||Juan J. Hernandez||28||2||4||1||$105,630||7%||7||25%|
|11||Aaron T. Gryder||11||2||0||0||$36,360||18%||2||18%|
Preview to Next Week
– The Graduation Stakes – Wednesday – 2 Year old CA breds – five and one half furlongs – $100,000
– The Real Good Deal Stakes – Friday – 3-year-old CA breds – seven furlongs – $200,000
– Clement L. Hirsch Stakes (Grade 1) – Saturday – Fillies and Mares 3 year olds and upward – 1 1/16th miles – $300,000
– Best Pal Stakes (Grade 2) – Sunday – 2 year olds – Six and one half furlongs – $150,000