Horse racing: Cedillo, Baltas take top honors at Del Mar

DEL MAR LEADERS

(Final Classification)

JOCKEYS / WINS

Abel Cedillo / 19

Flavien Prat / 14

Umberto Rispoli / 11

Tiago Pereira / 9

Mike Smith / 9

TRAINERS / PROFIT

Richard Baltas / 11

Philip D’Amato / 10

Richard Mandella / 9

Peter Miller / 9

Bob Baffert / 7

WEEKEND STRIKES AT LOS ALAMITOS

Saturday

• $ 300,000 Grade I Starlet Stakes, 2 year old fillies, 1 1/16 miles

Sunday

$ 100,000 Grade III Bayakoa Stakes, fillies and mares, 3 years and up, 1 1/16 miles

BOTTOM OF THE RACK

• Nate Newby, formerly Senior Vice President and Assistant General Manager of Santa Anita, has been promoted to the position of General Manager of the circuit, The Stronach Group announced this week. Santa Anita’s parent company also said Chris Merz has been promoted to race secretary, in addition to his current duties as race director of the circuit. Merz will be responsible for writing the fitness books for Santa Anita’s upcoming 84th season starting December 26th. It was previously announced that Aidan Butler, who was in charge of TSG’s California racing operations, will take over as COO of 1 / ST Racing and President of 1 / ST Content and will be based in Florida.

Gulfstream Park, which currently only allows owners and essential personnel to attend the races, will allow a limited number of fans to attend the Pegasus World Cup Championship Invitational on January 23, it was announced Thursday. Tickets are available for purchase at pegasusworldcup.com/tickets. Gulfstream management announced that “attendance for this year’s event has been reduced to 20 percent to enable all guests to socially distance themselves accordingly.” Security protocols include heat detection cameras at all entrances to monitor the temperature and regular decontamination of all public places. Masks are required. The big race day includes the $ 3 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational and the $ 1 million Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational.

• Shug McGaughey trained Performer, 7-5 morning-line favorite, and Firenze Fire (5-2) headed a field of nine horses for Saturday’s $ 250,000 Grade I Cigar Mile at Aqueduct. It’s the last race of the year at the New York graded stakes. King Guillermo (9-2), owned by former MLB star Victor Martinez, returns to the races after missing the Kentucky Derby. He was all set to compete in the re-scheduled Run for the Roses on September 5, but ran a fever and had to miss the race. “The best decision was not to run,” coach Juan Carlos Avila told bloodhorse.com. “I’ve been in this business for 30 years and I don’t want to make such a mistake running it. It was a tough decision, but the right one. ”

– Art Wilson

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