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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.”



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