Mychel Sanchez gets 1,000th riding victory

Jockey Mychel Sanchez notched his 1,000th career victory aboard Z W P Stable and Non Stop Stable’s Malibu Beauty in the $100,000 George Rosenberger Memorial at Delaware Park today. 

The 4-year-old daughter of Buffum won by eight lengths.  The Maryland-bred trained by Gary Capuano returned $3.80 as the favorite in the field of five. Capuano won both stakes on Delaware Park’s Owners’ Day, taking the Governors Day with Shackqueenking.

Thisnameisokay, with Jhonatan Mendoza, finished second 10 lengths in front of B B’s Busted, with Daniel Centeno, in third.  Malibu Beauty cut early fractions of :48.83 for the half-mile and 1:13.40 for the three-quarter miles before completing the mile and a sixteenth in 1:44.99 over a muddy main track. 

The Rosenberger Memorial was originally scheduled to be run on the grass but was transferred to the main track due the overnight rain in the region from the remnants of Hurricane Ian.

Malibu Beauty raised her record to seven wins from 22 starts.  She earned $82,500 for her victory in the Rosenberger Memorial, which includes a special $22,500 Delaware Certified bonus, to bring her career earnings to $399,584.

“This milestone win could not have come at a better time in a stakes race on Owners Day at Delaware Park,” said winning rider Mychel Sanchez.  “In the race, she really did it all.  We went to the lead and took control.  After that it was on cruise control.”

Mychel Sanchez
Mychel Sanchez notched his 1,000th career win aboard Malibu Beauty in the Rosernberger Memorial at Delaware Park. Photo by Mike Valiante.

Sanchez has two career graded stake victories.  In 2021, he rode Hopeful Treasure to victory in the Grade III Fall Highweight Handicap at Aqueduct and in 2018 he rode Dixie Serenade to victory in the Victory Ride Stakes at Belmont Park. He recorded his first career victory in North America aboard Party Girl Appeal at Parx on July 16, 2013.

One race later, Pocket 3’s Racing’s Shackqueenking notched his third victory in a row in the $100,000 DTHA Governors Day Handicap at Delaware Park today. 

With Angel Suarez aboard, the 4-year-old son of Shackleford won by a 1 ¾ lengths.  The Kentucky-bred trained by Gary Capuano returned $5.20 as the favorite in the field of seven.

Amatteroftime, with Angel Rodriguez, finished second 6 1/4 lengths in front of Guiillaume, with Jaime Rodriguez, in third.  The final time for the mile and seventy yards was 1:40.68 over a muddy track.

Shackqueenking raised his record to seven wins from 16 starts.  He earned $82,500 for his victory in the DTHA Governors Day Handicap, which includes a special $22,500 Delaware Certified bonus, to bring his career earnings to $381,145.