Rosario, Baffert Earn Meet Honors

Stable Notes
Posted 07.17.11 at 1:46

Trainer Bob Baffert. © Benoit Photo Jockey Joel Rosario. © Benoit Photo

There was something old and something new atop the jockey and trainer standings during the Hollywood Park Spring/Summer Meet, which concludes a 54-day session today.

Something old was jockey Joel Rosario, who clinched a third straight Spring/Summer Meet crown with 63 wins, the first three-peat since Chris McCarron won five in a row from 1980-84.

Rosario, a 26-year-old native of the Dominican Republic, also leads the jockey race with 11 stakes wins. Rosario also won the last two Autumn Meets here for five straight Hollywood Park meets, the longest streak since McCarron won nine in a row during that 1980-84 period.

The only race remaining among riders is for second place, where Rafael Bejarano holds a two-win lead (56-54) over Joe Talamo.

Something new is Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, who clinched his first Spring/Summer Meet title with 36 wins. The 58-year-old Arizona native added the only championship missing on the major Southern California circuit.

Baffert had led the other four stops on the circuit multiple times: Santa Anita nine times, Del Mar seven, Oak Tree five and Hollywood Park Autumn twice.

Baffert just missed here last summer with 27 wins, one less than winner Doug O’Neill, who started nearly twice as many horses.

Mike Mitchell finished a strong second at the current meet with 28 wins from 64 starters, a 44 per cent winning clip.

Baffert also leads the meet with eight stakes wins.

Baffert and Rosario team with Brigand in the $100,000 Hollywood Juvenile Championship today, a race in which Baffert has also entered Night Tide.

HOLLYWOOD PARK RACING RESUMES IN NOVEMBER

Thoroughbred racing will resume at Hollywood Park for the Autumn Meet the week following the Breeders’ Cup, which will be run at Churchill Downs November 4-5.

The Autumn Meet will continue through December 18.

FINISH LINES—Acclamation, the 124-pound highweight scratched from the Sunset Handicap today, is under consideration for the $300,000 Eddie Read Stakes at Del Mar on Saturday…Cambina and Nereid, who were involved in a rare dead heat for first in a Grade 1 stake in the $250,000 American Oaks Saturday, could resume their rivalry in the $250,000 Del Mar Oaks on August 20…La Canada Stables, owned by Ron Valenta, continued its recent domination of the circuit in owner wins. La Canada, which has horses with trainer Jack Carava, was the runaway meet leader with 16 wins, 17 seconds and 12 thirds from 64 starts.

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