Del Mar, Horse racing

Mr. Inside and Mr. Outside: Week that was at Del Mar

Well, it wasn’t the best of weeks at Del Mar.

The turf course was shut down again after a pair of injuries, one to a horse that probably shouldn’t have been in the body of the race, and rain drops were falling on everyone’s heads on Saturday and Sunday. A very rare occurrence at the seaside oval.

One thing is for sure, the Polytrack is confounding to say the least. One race inside speed prevails and the next rally wide horses make it to the winner’s circle.

This much is true: so far the inside is the place to be on the Polytrack. Starters from the No. 1 post have won 21% of 68 sprint races and 32% of route races. Add in the fact that post one through three have won 35% of the sprints and 67% of the 31 routes and you have a definite pattern.

Conversely, when the turf re-opens supposedly this Saturday horses starting from the No. 1 post are 0-25.

Last week, jockey Rafael Bejarano started to hit his stride with six winners from 32 mounts and he has moved into third place in the standings. Joe Talamo won 5-of-32 while Kent Desormeaux was 4-for-17 and Elvis Trujillo was 4-for-26.

The jockeys’ race is surely up for grabs as 12 riders are within seven victories of first place.

On the training side, Peter Miller continues to roll along with a 3-for-16 week while John Sadler’s barn got semi-warm also with a 3-for-16 five days. Doug O’Neill (10 starters), Jerry Hollendorfer (13) and Bob Baffert (15) all had two wins.

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