Jockeys back in the saddle at Del Mar

It is good to see that jockeys Victor Espinoza, Umberto Rispoli and Flavien Prat have been able to return to racing after a brush with Covid-19.

Umberto Rispoli.
Umberto Rispoli. Picture: Racing and Sports

Espinoza, who is no stranger to serious injury, says it was the most pain he has ever experienced.

At Del Mar Saturday we have the San Clemente Gr 2 over 1600m on the turf and Peter Miller saddles Laura's Light on 3/1 and She's So Special on 5/1.  Also in the market Warren's Showtime is on 7/2.  11 runners.

The San Diego Handicap is also Gr 2 over 1700m with 6 runners and the headline here is the return of Maximum Security to the track.  He's now with Bob Baffert with Cedillo riding and is on a not surprising quote of evens.  Higher Power looks the next best with Prat riding for John Sadler.

Over at Saratoga the Gr 2 Ballston Spa sees the return off Sistercharlie with her trainer Chad Brown saying better late than never as she starts her 2020 campaign.  She's on 2/5.  Pletcher's Another Broad is on 6/5 with no jockey announced so far.

The Alfred G Vanderbilt is Gr 1 over 1200m with only 5 runners and a lot of interest.  Steve Asmussen's Volatile is up in class but has won his last 3 by impressive margins and comes in to this on 4/5.  The veteran Whitmore is one of 3 runners with a Gr 1 in their CV and is on 2/1.


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