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My Best Brother Finally Returns to Action in Wickerr

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My Best Brother, winner of two thirds of the major stakes series for three-year-olds in 2012 will make his 2013 debut in Wednesday’s $90,000 Wickerr Stakes.

The Wickerr, at a mile on the turf, attracted a full field of 10 plus one also-eligible. The also-eligible is six-year-old Camp Victory, whose score in the Grade I Triple Bend in 2012 makes him one of nine Wickerr entrants with graded stakes victories on their resume.

My Best Brother, trained by Julio Canani for Bill Currin, is a full brother to Currin owned-and-trained stakes winner Stormello. My Best Brother won a division of the Oceanside Stakes on opening day of the 2012 meeting, was nosed out by Old Time Hockey in the La Jolla but came back to prevail by three-quarters of a length over Howe Great in the Del Mar Derby.

My Best Brother drew the No. 6 post position for the one-mile turf run.

Bejarano Off To Fast Start, Talamo Back In Win Column

With three wins on Saturday, among them the Eddie Read with Jeranimo, Rafael Bejarano tightened his grip on the lead in the jockey standings. Bejarano, the defending meet riding champion, has 11 wins in the first four days of the meet.

Bejarano has mounts in all nine races Sunday, two of them on morning line favorites.

Jockey Joe Talamo broke an 0-for-43 winless streak started in the final week of the Hollywood Park meeting with a win on Surf N Ski ($18.20) in Saturday’s first race and maintained momentum through the day with wins on Guns Loaded ($8.80) in the sixth and Would You ($10.60) in the ninth, the latter two providing a training double for Cody Autry.

Bonde Brings Leading Rider Baze Down for San Clemente

Jockey Russell Baze, North American racing’s all-time career leader for victories with over 12,000, will make an infrequent appearance at Del Mar on Sunday.

Baze is travelling South from his San Francisco Bay Area base for three scheduled mounts – Gracie Ragazza for Mark Glatt in the sixth, Frenemy for John Sadler in the seventh and Unusual Way for Jeff Bonde in the eighth, the $150,000 San Clemente Handicap.

Unusual Way was campaigned in Southern California early in the year. Baze got the call for the Campanile Stakes on June 1 at Golden Gate Fields and the result was a front-running 2 ½-length victory.

“She’s been very consistent,” Bonde said of the 3-year-old daughter of Unusual Heat, who has four wins and has been off the board only twice in 10 lifetime starts with earnings of $372,110. “The race in San Francisco was her first time on grass and Russell got her to relax very well. That’s one reason we’re bringing him down here for this.”

Equibase statistics show Baze with 12,009 wins from 50,574 mounts. Second is Laffit Pincay Jr., who had 9,530 wins from 48,486 mounts.

 

 

 

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