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David Flores knows Turbulent Descent like the back of his hand. The 43-year-old jockey has ridden the daughter of Congrats in each of her nine races, winning six and finishing second twice. Not only has he ridden her in every race, the Tijuana native also “always works her,” according to trainer Mike Puype.

Next up for Team Turbulent Descent: Saturday’s Grade I, $300,000 La Brea Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at seven furlongs. All parties expect the bay filly to show marked improvement from her most recent race, the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint, in which she finished worse than second for the first time in her career, dawdling home fifth but with a major excuse. Daily Racing Form’s trouble line reads, “Rough start.”

“It was a rough start from right out of the gate,” Flores recounted of the Breeders’ Cup race over a “good” track at Churchill Downs on Nov. 4. Turbulent Descent, who has been favored in every race, five times at odds-on, broke from the No. 3 post position in a field of 12 going seven furlongs.

“We got bumped pretty hard, but at that time, I was very comfortable,” Flores continued. “I just wanted to give her a chance and got her to relax, but the bumping started again before the five-eighths pole, right when we passed the chute. I was carried out and it was just too much bumping. She got her way through, but she made an early move and it was something I didn’t want to do. But what are you going to do? You have to get over it and just move on.”

Addressing his successful, long-term association with Turbulent Descent, Flores said, “I worked her the very first time a half mile at Del Mar. Mike was very high on her from the beginning and I understand why. We’ve been very patient with her from the beginning and when the time comes for her to get serious in her races, she does the job very easily.”

The field for the La Brea, the eighth of nine races: Home Sweet Aspen, Joel Rosario; Turbulent Descent, Flores; May Day Rose, Martin Garcia; Include Me Out, Joe Talamo; Sarah’s Secret, Rafael Bejarano; Sugarinthemorning, Garrett Gomez; Great Hot, Chantal Sutherland; California Nectar, Hector Berrios; and Teddy’s Promise, Victor Espinoza.



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