David Cohen, Oaklawn's leading jockey in 2019, said he will ride regularly this summer at Saratoga, the prestigious upstate New York meet that will run July 16-Sept. 7.
Cohen was based in Kentucky after the Oaklawn meeting ended last May, but he did have six mounts at Saratoga. Cohen had three victories – all for trainer Robertino Diodoro and owner M and M Racing (Mike and Mickala Sisk) – including the $100,000 Shine Again Stakes aboard Special Relativity. Diodoro and M and M are the jockey's major clients.
Cohen rode regularly at Saratoga in 2010-2013, highlighted by his dead-heat victory aboard Golden Ticket in the $1 million Travers Stakes (G1) for 3-year-olds in 2013. After returning from a 3 ½-year absence because of a severe leg injury and the death of his father and sister, Cohen was Oaklawn's third-leading rider in 2018 and won 17 races that year at Saratoga.
Cohen rode 75 winners last year at Oaklawn to end Ricardo Santana Jr.'s six-year hold on the title and had a meet-high 12 victories through Sunday.
Special Relativity was retired following a victory in the $125,000 American Beauty Stakes for older female sprinters Feb. 1 at Oaklawn to be bred to Into Mischief, North America's leading sire in 2019.
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