Del Mar, Horse racing

The racing week that was

Reneesgotzip and jockey Garrett Gomez win the Grade III, $150,000 Rancho Bernardo Handicap, Sunday, Aug. 18 at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. BENOIT PHOTO

Reneesgotzip and jockey Garrett Gomez win the Grade III, $150,000 Rancho Bernardo Handicap, Sunday, Aug. 18 at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. BENOIT PHOTO

Without a doubt, Reneesgotzip was the horse of the week for her track-record effort at 6½ furlongs on the Polytrack in the Rancho Bernardo Handicap on Sunday.

You could see that record coming when maiden claiming burned up the track two races earlier on the program.

If will be interesting to see what the track will be like this coming Sunday on Pacific Classic Day.

In the jockey’s race, Rafael Bejarano continues to roll along following a 7-for-31 week. He now has 36 victories while Martin Garcia (4-for-21) and Julien Leparoux (4-for-20) are next with 20 victories each.

Joe Talamo rallied from a 1-for-30 week to record four wins in 34 rides, but he seems to still lack confidence. If Talamo puts a horse on the lead on the turf, he’s fine, but anything else, it’s a crapshoot at best.

Edwin Maldonado had a tough week at 3-for-28 followed by Victor Espinoza at 3-for-19 and Agapito Delgadillo, who was 3-for-18. Mario Gutierrez slowed down a little with two wins from 13 mounts.

Don’t forget former Del Mar riding champ Joel Rosario will ride at the seaside oval on Pacific Classic Day and he will likely be live on anything he rides.

Following a week in which the top trainers struggled, the cream rose to the top again the last five days of racing.

For the second week in a row Doug O’Neill led all trainers in victories with a 5-for-19 effort, giving hime 12 wins over the last 10 racing days. O’Neill is tied for second in the standings with Bob Baffert (3-for-11), who trail John Sadler (4-for-16) 18-15.

Jerry Hollendorfer (3-for-11) and Peter Miller (3-for-14), Reneesgotzip’s trainer, also had good weeks, meaning the top five in the training standings won 18 of the 42 races during the week.

Trainers Neil Drysdale and Mike Pender might be worth following in the next few days. Drysdale won races on both Saturday and Sunday while all of Pender’s runners seem to be firing.

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