Jockey Alonzo Quinonez has been cleared to ride after recovering from injuries sustained during the Barretts Sales Racing meet Sept. 22. Quinonez, who turned 30 Nov. 13, suffered a hairline fracture of his tailbone. He’s scheduled to pilot Warren’s Assassin for trainer Jorge Gutierrez in Friday’s second race.
Leandro Mora, assistant to Doug O’Neill, said that Goldencents came out of the Cigar Mile fine, but may get some time off. “So far, so good,” said Mora, “but we’ll bring him back here and evaluate him.” Private Zone, also trained by O’Neill, was a strong second in the Cigar and also came back well.
Apprentice Drayden VanDyke, who won the first race of his career aboard Money Clip Nov. 21 at Betfair Hollywood Park, will now be represented by agent Sarah Wolfe. VanDyke will begin riding next week at Turf Paradise on local off days.
Happy birthday to jockey Edwin Maldonado, who turned 31 Sunday.
Jockey Joe Rocco Jr. missed a fourth consecutive day of riding on Friday. He was injured in a starting gate mishap on Sunday.
Just notched his first career win in his 2nd mount aboard Tom Proctor's Money Clip in today's 6th at BHP.
Jockey Mario Gutierrez will be at Delta Downs Saturday to ride Rum Point for trainer Doug O’Neill in the Grade III $1,000,000 Delta Jackpot. Gutierrez will pilot two other runners on the card for O’Neill—Concave in the Grade III, $500,000 Delta Princess Stakes and He’s Had Enough in the $75,000 Sam’s Town Stakes.
Jockey Joe Rocco Jr. missed a third consecutive day of riding on Thursday’s racing program. Rocco was injured in a starting gate mishap prior to the second race on Sunday. Rocco injured his ankle and shoulder when he was tossed from the saddle by his scheduled mount, Desert Dew, who was scratched from that race. That mount was to have been the first of the day for Rocco, who cancelled his mounts for the remainder of the Sunday program.
A reminder: Pool 1 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager will be held Wednesday, Nov. 27 through Saturday, Nov. 30. The 23 individual wagering interests will be announced Monday (Nov. 25). The pool will open Nov. 27 at noon and close Nov. 30 prior to post time for either the Remsen at Aqueduct or Kentucky Jockey Club, whichever comes first.
Midnight Transfer worked 3f in :38.40 (1/1) at Santa Anita (dirt training) on 11-19.
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