Ricardo Santana Jr. most often has the Oaklawn using name sewn up by means of Arkansas Derby Day. However, this isn’t a regular yr at Oaklawn for the reason that assembly has been prolonged 3 weeks to Might 4 (Kentucky Derby Day), a window of 11 racing days that can come to a decision whether or not Santana secures his 7th consecutive Oaklawn using name or David Cohen captures his first.
Coming into Thursday, the 48th day of the scheduled 57-day season, Santana and Cohen had been tied atop the standings with 59 victories.
“In most cases, I am method within the lead,” Ruben Munoz, Santana’s longtime agent, mentioned. “I will fear about that Might 4, however I love my possibilities. I simply suppose now we have gained the actual vital races that I in point of fact sought after to win. This meet, now we have been ready to do extraordinarily neatly in them.”
Santana entered Thursday with a meet-high $3,725,754 in handbag income – he set a single-season document $4,240,304 remaining yr – and had a meet-high 5 stakes victories.
3 of Santana’s stakes victories this yr had been for his primary consumer, Corridor of Reputation teacher Steve Asmussen, together with remaining Friday’s $500,000 Delusion Stakes (G3) for 3-year-old fillies with Woman Apple and remaining Saturday’s $500,000 Rely Fleet Dash Handicap (G3) for older horses with Mitole.
“We do not need the quantity like the opposite rider, with regards to some form of races that I in point of fact do not thrive in,” Munoz mentioned. “However our horses have proven up at the giant days.”
Cohen figures to have extra scoring alternatives down the stretch as a result of Santana is scheduled to pass over no less than two racing days as a result of commitments at Churchill Downs. Santana is the common rider of Woman Apple, who’s scheduled to make her subsequent get started within the $1.25 million Kentucky Oaks (G1) Might 3, and has dedicated to trip UAE Derby winner Plus Que Parfait within the Kentucky Derby, Munoz mentioned.
Cohen “will likely be using directly via to the top of the Oaklawn Park,” his agent, Invoice Fort, mentioned in a textual content, prior to the jockey starts using at Churchill Downs Might 9.
Cohen, in his Oaklawn debut, gained 37 races to complete 3rd in remaining yr’s standings. Santana rode 69 winners remaining yr at Oaklawn.
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