Cedillo, Baltas Enter Closing Weekend Atop Del Mar Jockey, Trainer Standings

by | 11.28.2019 | 2:44pm
Trainer Richard Baltas

Abel Cedillo, continuing to validate the decision last summer to switch from the Northern to Southern California racing circuits, enters the final three days of the Bing Crosby meeting at Del Mar with a one-win lead over Drayden Van Dyke atop the jockey standings.

Cedillo, a 30-year-old native of Guatemala, moved south at the behest of agent Tom Knust for the summer season here and finished third behind Flavien Prat in the standings with 25 wins in the 36-day meeting. Cedillo tied with Prat for the honors at the Santa Anita fall meeting and enters Friday's program with 11 wins from 48 mounts, one better than Van Dyke (10-for-41) and three ahead of Prat (8-for-33).

Cedillo leap-frogged to the top with two wins on Sunday, while Van Dyke and Prat went winless.

Cedillo and Prat are scheduled to ride eight of the nine races on Friday, Van Dyke three.

Richard Baltas saddled North County Guy to win the seventh race on Sunday and extend his lead over Peter Miller in the trainer standings to four – 9-5. Baltas has one Del Mar training title, the 2017 summer shared with Phil D'Amato.

Baltas has two entered on Friday's program. In a somewhat rare circumstance, Miller has none.

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