Horse racing, Santa Anita

Trio heating up at Santa Anita

Last week was dominated by jockeys Rafael Bejarano and Drayden Van Dyke along with trainer John Sadler as everyone prepared for this Saturday’s Santa Anita Derby Day, which features big races and big money on the line.

Bejarano and apprentice Van Dyke both recorded six victories during the last four days of racing. For Bejarano (6-for-16) it was really three days of racing as he sat on Thursday, finishing a three-day riding suspension.

Van Dyke (6-for-20) has been so hot that he lost two pounds of his riding allowance in the middle of a program. He won a race with a seven-pound weight allowance and then went to a five-pound allowance, which he will keep for the remainder of his time before becoming a journeyman.

On the other end of the spectrum, jockey Joe Talamo had an 0-for-25 week. He went through similar droughts at Del Mar and may be should be avoided until he wins a race or two. Edwin Maldonado (0-for-15), Gary Stevens (0-for-6) and Mario Gutierrez (0-for-6) joined Talamo on the doughnut patrol.

In the training race, Sadler finally got hot with seven wins from 10 starters. Sadler tends to heat up coming into big weekends and he does have Candy Boy ready for Saturday’s Santa Anita Derby.

Jerry Hollendorfer stayed in the training lead, going 3-for-7.

On the cold end, trained Peter Miller was 0-for-9 and by my count hasn’t won a race in three weeks. If I’m wrong I stand corrected. Miller’s barn has too many horses to stay cold for much longer so pay attention.

Other cold trainers last week were Mike Puype (1-for-7), Marty Jones (1-for-5) and Tom Proctor (0-for-2).

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