Perhaps Edwin Maldonado’s victory aboard the 6-year-old mare
Promiscuoussuances in last Saturday’s sixth race best illustrates his
determination in the saddle.
Second-leading rider this meet behind Rafael Bejarano with 46
victories through Friday, the 30-year-old Maldonado virtually willed
Promiscuoussuances across the wire first, winning by a neck at 2-1 for
trainer Doug O’Neill.
The Equibase chart comment reads in part that Promiscuoussuances
“lasted under vigorous late handling and despite drifting out a bit in
the final yards.” Casual observers may have noticed the California-bred
daughter of Suances was twirling her tail in late stretch, often taken
as a sign of weariness.
“She doesn’t like the stick,” explained Maldonado, who is
represented by veteran agent Vic Lipton. “I hit her one time left-handed
and got her to switch leads, and that was it. The rest of it was just
hand-riding and not being too aggressive with her.”
Maldonado maintains a low profile on the publicity front,
continuing to work hard, proving his dethroning of perennial Southern
California riding king Bejarano at the recent Betfair Hollywood Park
meet was not a fluke.
Further evidence came yesterday when Maldonado posted victories
on longshots Warren’s Gussie (27.40), Rintoo ($33) and Medusalina
($10.20) to single-handedly account for a two-day Pick Six carryover of
$191,838 into Saturday’s card. “I’m excited about the whole deal,”
Maldonado said about his wild ride. “I’m grateful I have a good man
(Lipton) on my side.”