LARC NEWS Posted: 9/7/2018 9:25:02 AM


Let’s take a look at who’s been hot over the past month at the Orange County track. Since August 1, Kellie McDaid has been the leading Thoroughbred rider at night at Los Alamitos with 10 wins from 33 mounts. Her 30.3% win ratio is also second among all riders during that span. McDaid even piloted a stakes winner at 870 yards when she guided the Thoroughbred Rule He Will to victory in the Truly A Pleasure Handicap in a race that also featured Quarter Horses.

            Vinnie Bednar has been in sharp riding form since his return from injury. He’s won eight races from his 27 mounts since the end of July for a 29.6% win percentage and his mounts have hit the board in 77.8% of the time. That’s the highest figure for any rider during this period. Chris Russell has also made the most of his recent opportunities. He’s won with four of his eight mounts during this spell. As for the top Thoroughbred trainers since August 1, Charles Treece has won with seven of his 23 starters in the last five weeks, while Kelly Castaneda has won with six of 19 starters. Yanet Rodriguez has saddled four winners from her seven starters.   

            In the Quarter Horse ranks, jockey Erasmo Gasca (photo) and trainer Matt Fales joined forces to form a stellar pairing since August 1. Gasca has won 11 races from 46 mounts during this five week spread - seven of those wins for Fales – to lead the Quarter Horse standings. Fales has been the top trainer since August with seven victories from his 23 starters. Cruz Mendez is the only other Quarter Horse jockey with more than 10 wins during this stretch of time. He’s won with 10 of 40 mounts and his winning percentage of 25% is the highest for any Quarter Horse rider in this interval.   

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