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Evil Elaine Wins Coronado Stakes; Valenzuela Wraps Up Jockey Title

September 09, 1986|CHRIS ELLO

DEL MAR — After finishing fourth aboard Wild Manor in Monday's $50,000-added Coronado Stakes here, the last thing jockey Patrick Valenzuela expected was a group of media members hanging around his locker.

But, instead of seeking out Willie Shoemaker, the winner aboard heavily favored Evil Elaine, the media waited, first, for Valenzuela. "Way to go, Pat," one writer said.

"What did I do?," Valenzuela asked.

"You lead by 11 with 10 races to go," Valenzuela was told.

With just one day remaining in this summer's meeting, Valenzuela has ridden 11 more winners (54 to 43) than second-place Corey Black. So, in his eighth year of riding, Valenzuela has won his first riding title.

Just as Shoemaker--a seven-time riding leader here--had Monday's feature race in the bag early. Evil Elaine, a speedy 2-year-old filly, broke quickly and had the pace her own way for the entire six furlongs. She pulled away down the stretch, beating Perchance To Dream by 4 1/2 lengths.

Evil Elaine, a 1-2 choice in the betting, paid $3, $2.80 and $2.40. Perchance To Dream returned $6.60 and $4.20. Key Bid, who ran on for third, paid $3.80.

Del Mar Notes

After an off-day today, the track's 47th meeting will end Wednesday. The feature race will be the $150,000 Del Mar Futurity for 2-year-olds. Among the favorites are the Charlie Wittingham-trained Temperate Sil, the winner of the Balboa Stakes here, and the Ray Bell-trained Polar Jet, who finished second in the Balboa. . . . Although the jockey race is already decided, The trainer championship is still up for grabs. Henry Moreno leads with 13 winners, followed by Mel Stute, Ron McAnally and Bruce Headley with 12. Moreno doesn't have any horses scheduled to run Wednesday. Stute has three and McAnally has one.

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