Jaime Rodriguez riding seven-race Delaware win streak
When racing resumes Wednesday at Delaware Park, jockey Jaime Rodriguez will arrive on an unusual and impressive streak.
The rider, in the midst of the best season of his career, has won his last seven starts at Delaware. That has helped to push him to 90 wins at the meet and give him a preposterously long lead in the race for the riding title; his nearest competitor, Carol Cedeno, has just 41 wins to date.
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Rodriguez won with eight of nine runners Friday and Saturday, giving him 10 wins during a torrid week. Interestingly enough, for a rider who’s noted for his work with leading trainer Jamie Ness, Rodriguez won for eight different trainers during the week.
Three of Rodriguez’s eight winners on Friday and Saturday were odds on, and a fourth was 3-2. But he also piloted home Late Frost, who was 7.90-1 for trainer Michael Matz, and Bourbon Over Ice, off at 8.90-1 for Gary Contessa.
Among the more notable winners of Rodriguez’s week were Late Frost on Friday and The Elle Train on Saturday.
Late Frost, a two-year-old Frosted filly who’s a homebred for Runnymoore Racing (Greg and Caroline Bentley), won nicely at first asking, stalking the pace before prevailing by a length-and-change in a waiver maiden claiming event.
The Irish-bred The Elle Train, conditioned by Christophe Clement, improved to 2-for-2 with an easy allowance score on the turf. The daughter of Kodiac is owned by Team Hanley.
Looking ahead, it seems likely the streak will end Wednesday. Rodriguez is named on seven horses that day, but only one of them – Leopardess, trained by Jonathan Thomas, who is 9-5 on the morning line in a maiden special weight tilt – is favored.
For the season, Rodriguez has won 172 of 697 starts (25%) for purse earnings of over $5.1 million. The earnings already are a career high, topping last year’s $4.8 million haul, while the wins leave him just a bit shy of his career top of 227, which he achieved in 2018.
FRIDAY-SATURDAY WINNERS FOR JAIME RODRIGUEZ
- Shofar (trainer Jamie Ness), odds of 3.20-1
- Late Frost (Michael Matz), 7.90-1
- Riveting Spirit (Andy Simoff), 3-2
- Soupster (Bernardo Lopez), 1-2
- The Colora Kid (Ness), 1-2
- Bourbon Over Ice (Gary Contessa), 8.90-1
- The Elle Train (Christophe Clement), 3-5
- Battle Cry (Victor Barboza, Jr.), 2.10-1