Horse racing, Santa Anita

The week that was at Santa Anita

The more things change, the things stay the same.

Rafael Bejarano, the leading jockey at Arcadia’s Santa Anita Park, was the top rider last week with five wins from 22 mounts.

Apprentice Drayden Van Dyke is the one to watch. Like I surmised recently when Irving Orozco lost his bug, Van Dyke is getting more mounts and the kid can ride. He seems to do very well down Santa Anita’s turf course, which isn’t easy for the best journeyman.

Victor Espinoza and Corey Nakatani both won three races each last week to stay in the top five of the season’s overall count.

On the training side, it was pretty well spread out.

Jerry Hollendorfer led the way with three wins in seven tries.

Leading trainer Bob Baffert, John Sadler, Tom Proctor, Ron Ellis and Marty Jones all had two wins on the week.

Conversely, Doug O’Neill (1-for-14) and Peter Miller (0-for-5) might be barns to ignore until they show signs of heating up again. And they will. They have so many horses that they will turn it around, just watch for the signs.

Something to watch for early in the week, jockey Gary Stevens, who was 0-for-7 last week, is riding twice for Sadler. Now considering, Stevens and Sadler have teammed up just four times over the last two years, I’d say it’s an interesting development. It might be worth a couple of betting dollars.

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Sunday’s top choice winners: 2 (Seattle Charlie $3.60, second race; The Admiral $6.40, eighth)

Sunday’s second choice winners: 1 (Magic Number $6.60, fourth)

Sunday’s third choice winners: 1 (Noise of the Crowd $11.80, fifth)

Sunday’s long shot winners: 1 (Stormy Lucy $11, seventh)


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