LARC NEWS Posted: 7/20/2018 6:18:03 PM

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Vinnie Bednar, the co-leading Thoroughbred jockey at Los Alamitos in 2017, returns to the saddle on Friday for the first time since neck and back injuries kept him out of action since early March. On Friday, Bednar rides Muskrat Love in the first race and Love To Chatter in the second. Due to the 4 p.m. post time at Del Mar on Friday, Los Alamitos will start its nighttime action at 7:55 p.m. Bednar will then  ride more than twice as many horses on Saturday as he did on Friday with the gelding Downhill Run being his mount in the opening race of the eight-race card. First post on Saturday is 7:05 p.m.

            “I’m excited to be back,’Bednar said. Its been a long recovery, but Ive had great support from family and my girlfriend. I’m feeling mentally and physically strong as ever and can’t wait to get back in the winner’s circle.”

            One of the most popular riders in the local jockey colony, Bednar will also ride Astutely in the second, Bucky Goldstein in the third, Giant Mark in the fourth, and Stay Golden in the fifth race. Bednar’s neck and back injuries occurred when he was thrown off his mount prior to the start of race at Los Alamitos on March 3. Bednar had 12 wins from 56 mounts at the time of his injury for a strong 21% win ratio. He tied with Juan Sanchez for most Thoroughbred wins here last year with 68.

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