Apprentice Delgadillo Rides First Winner

Apprentice Delgadillo Rides First Winner

     Apprentice Jose Delgadillo, riding in his 39th race, recorded the first victory of his career Sunday at Golden Gate Fields when he guided even-money favorite Seeking the Stitch to an off-the-pace score in the fifth race.

     “It’s a feeling you can’t describe,” said Delgadillo of winning his first race.  “When I passed the wire it was, ‘whew, I finally got it.’  It feels great.”

     Delgadillo, 17, is a native of Hayward and is the son of journeyman jockey Agapito Delgadillo, who rode in the Bay Area for many years before moving his tack to Southern California.

     Seeking the Stitch, breaking from the outside post in a field of 10, was forced to race wide around both turns.  The extra real estate apparently didn’t bother Seeking the Stitch as the 3-year-old gelding rallied from seventh to win the one-mile maiden-claiming race by
1 3/4 lengths over This One’s for Mat.  

     “Looking at the form (Daily Racing Form) I thought we’d be on the lead but when I saw that I was going to be forced wide I took a hold of my horse and dropped back,” said Delgadillo.  “When I got to the eighth pole I knew I had it because my horse was picking up horses easy.”

     Seeking the Stitch, trained by Joe Brook, paid $4.20 after breaking his maiden in his eighth career start.

     El Camino Real Derby  --  The Grade 3 $200,000 El Camino Real Derby, Northern California’s official Kentucky Derby prep race, will be run Saturday at Golden Gate Fields.

     Entries for the 1 1/8-mile race will be taken Wednesday.  As of Sunday, the following horses were being pointed for the race: Carving (Victor Espinoza will ride), Counting Days (Dennis Carr), Dice Flavor (Jose Valdivia, Jr.), Nina’s Dragon (Julien Couton), North Pacific (no rider), Wildcat Moon (Kyle Frey), and Zeewat (Russell Baze).
Horses listed as possible starters were Appealing Tale, Brokered, Demonic, Manando, and Rush In.

     The El Camino Real Derby will be broadcast live on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, which will host a one-hour show from Golden Gate Fields from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.  Post time for the El Camino Real Derby is 4:40 p.m.   

     Golden Gate Fields is a Stronach Group company, North America's leading Thoroughbred racetrack owner/operator.  The Stronach Group racetracks include Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park & Casino, Golden Gate Fields, Portland Meadows, Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course, home of the world-famous Preakness.  The company is one of North America's top race horse breeders through its Adena Springs operation.  The company owns and operates AmTote, a global leader in wagering technology, and XpressBet, an Internet and telephone account wagering service.  The Stronach Group is also a major producer of televised horseracing programming through its HRTV cable and satellite network and is North America's premier supplier of virtual online horseracing games, as well as a leading producer of social media content for the horseracing industry.