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Trujillo, Desormeaux On Top at Del Mar

Trujillo, Desormeaux On Top at Del Mar
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With one victory each on Wednesday, Kent Desormeaux and Elvis Trujillo broke a three-way tie entering the day and edged ahead of Rafael Bejarano in the jockey standings. Desormeaux and Trujillo have 17 wins, Bejarano16.

The good news for Desormeaux was a win aboard Merit Man in the featured Green Flash Handicap, his fourth stakes victory of the meeting, tying Mike Smith for the top spot in that category.

“It was fun to see him (Merit Man) rally from off the pace, because lately he’d been running up close,” said trainer Bob Hess, Jr. “That was all about Kent, he adjusted and gave him a great ride.” Hess has eight wins, tied for third in the trainer standings, with all of them ridden by Desormeaux.

The bad news for Desormeaux was a three-day suspension (August 17, 20 and 21) handed down by stewards for failing to maintain a straight course in the stretch aboard Cozze Up Lady in the eighth race on Sunday. Agent, Mike Ciani, said the ruling will be appealed, allowing Desormeaux to continue riding pending a hearing.

In other jockey news:

Apprentice Drayden Van Dyke, who learned Monday of the death of his father, Seth, in Florida, will continue to ride indefinitely. No plans have been made as yet for memorial services.

Corey Nakatani has been excused from two scheduled mounts Thursday due to illness. Reports from the jockeys’ quarters indicated that Nakatani is not the only rider affected by a bug of some sort being passed through the room.


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