Preview: The more things change, the more they stayed the same last week at Del Mar.
Jockeys Flavien Prat, Tyler Baze and Drayden Van Dyke are still atop the riding standings while Peter Miller, Jerry Hollendorfer and Doug O’Neill do the same for the trainers. In fact, the three leading trainers all won races on Saturday’s program.
But this is Pacific Classic week. It’s big money week. Lots of stakes races. Look for jockey Mike Smith to make some noise and even jockey Gary Stevens, who seemed to signal the end of vacation time. Last week, Stevens had eight mounts with three wins, three seconds and a third so he was in the money 83 percent of the time.
Leading rider Prat led all jockeys with six wins on the week, but Baze was close behind with five.
The Miller barn has been hot since the start but doubled the competition last week with six winners, four of them on the grass. He his now 10-for-33 on the turf at the meet.
After a tough start trainer Richard Baltas has heated up, especially on the grass, where he is now 5-for-36.
Speaking of the grass, jockeys Joe Talamo (1-33) and Stewart Elliott (1-23) got their first wins on the green stuff and Kent Desormeaux (2-38) also scored on the wider course.
Two Fifty Coup
LONG SHOT: Sueno
LAMBO LUXX (best bet)
LONG SHOT: Curly’s Waterfront
Last summer, trainer Jack Carava and jockey Evin Roman — then an apprentice — teammed up to win three of six races. They are reunited today in the second race with a horse they won with last year, No. 7 Lambo Luxx (3-1).
LONG SHOT: Gone to Bali
LONG SHOT: Party Hostess
LONG SHOT: Amboseli
Flying to the Line
LONG SHOT: Blueberry Princess
LONG SHOT: Kimberlea K
Livin On Prayer
LONG SHOT: For the Hustle
Top choice winners: 1 (Shadow Sphnix $10.20, eighth race)
Second choice winners: 1 (Spin Lightning $15.80, seventh)
Third choice winners: 1 (Myrcella $6.40, sixth)
Long shot winners: 2 (Yuvetsi $20.40, third; No Wine Untasted $21.40, fourth)