When Bench Light won Thursday’s eighth race under Kent Desormeaux,,
rewarding backers with an $18 return for a $2 win bet, it made trainer
Mike Pender 3-for-8 for the meeting. He’s tied for third in the trainer
standings and his 38 per cent win rate is tops overall.
Some consolation for Pender, who lost his chief client, B.J. Wright –
owner of Jeranimo and Ultimate Eagle among other stakes winners – with
Wright’s death a week before the meeting started.
“Like most connections we always point for the Del Mar meet and try
to have them (horses) on full tilt coming in,” Pender said. “I’m
heartbroken with Mr. Wright’s recent passing and not even these wins
take the sting away, but it certainly helps.
"I’ve got some new owners who are helping to try and fill the void.
Letting go isn’t easy. Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it
DEL MAR JOCKEYS TO AUTOGRAPH PICTURES FOR PDJF SATURDAY
As a fundraiser for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund, Del Mar’s
jockeys will turn out in force Saturday from noon to 1 p.m. arund the
fountain in the Plaza de Mexico to autograph a picture of the riding
colony shot on Opening Day.
The session is part of a national effort by riders at racetracks
across America on July 26 to raise funds for disabled riders as well as
to spotlight their plight. The PDJF currently pays 60 disabled riders
$1,000 a month to help offset their expenses and medical bills. Since
its founding in 2006, the fund has distributed some $5 million to
disabled riders according to its website (www.pdjf.org).
While there will be no set fee for the autographed pictures, riders
will have “boots” available to accept contributions to the PDJF.