Joel Rosario, the nation’s leading rider who made a huge impact on
opening day, would appear to be positioned for an encore on TVG Pacific
Rosario rode four winners on the opening day card before heading back
to his East Coast base. Leaving behind, as a reminder, his name in the
Top 10 of the Del Mar jockey standings where it remained through the
first 12 days of the meeting.
The three-time (2009-2011) meet riding champion has scheduled another
one-day visit for Sunday, August 25, centered upon riding Game On Dude
in the $1 million TVG Pacific Classic. But he has also scheduled mounts
on Goldencents in the $250,000 Grade II Pat O’Brien Stakes and Tigah in
the Del Mar Mile in addition to Game On Dude for the $1 million TVG
It will be a busy weekend for Rosario, 28, a native of the Dominican
Republic. On Saturday, August 24, Rosario will be occupied with the
Travers Day card at Saratoga which features the $1 million Travers,
$500,000 Test, $500,000 King’s Bishop and $250,000 Ballston Spa. Rosario
will ride Kentucky Derby winner Orb in the Travers and has calls on My
Happy Face in the Test, Forty Tales in the King’s Bishop and Somali
Lemonade in the Ballston Spa.
That evening, according to agent Ron Anderson, Rosario will board a
plane and travel part-way across the country, then complete the journey
the following morning hopefully to arrive in time for the
earlier-than-usual 1 p.m. post time on Pacific Classic Day.
Goldencents, heretofore ridden by Kevin Krigger, won the Sham Stakes
and Santa Anita Derby to stamp himself as the West Coast’s top Kentucky
Derby hope but was 17th in the Derby and a well-beaten fifth
in the Preakness in May. The son of Into Mischief returned in the Grade I
Bing Crosby on July 28 and finished second, beaten a head by Points
Tigah was third in the Wickerr Stakes on July 24, beaten 2 ¼ lengths by Arlington Million-bound Indy Point.