Cedillo, Prat Neck And Neck In Santa Anita Jockey Race

by | 10.31.2019 | 7:44pm
Flavien Prat celebrates his 2019 Queen's Plate victory with One Bad Boy

The race for leading rider could go down to the wire on closing day, Sunday.

Through 19 days of Santa Anita's 23-day Autumn Meet, Abel Cedillo holds a 19-18 lead over Flavien Prat, with apprentice Jorge Velez five wins behind in third.

Cedillo also leads Prat in money won, $1,142,682 to $998,837.

“It's enjoyable to be in this position, challenging a rider like Prat, with as much business as he has,” said Cedillo's agent, Tom Knust. “To be in competition with him is an achievement, and the same can be said about the 'bug' rider, Velez.”

The 30-year-old Cedillo could be limited in his challenge for the title as he has been handed a three-day suspension for causing interference on Keeper Ofthe Stars in last Saturday's seventh race, and the first of those days is Sunday, final day of the meet.

He will serve his last two days on Nov. 8 and 9.

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