jdlogo_600Jockey Santiago Gonzalez is becoming known as one of the best turf riders at Del Mar, and that talent was in full display last Wednesday.

In a 1 1/16 miles turf allowance race, Gonzalez and Frandontjudge were breaking from the very difficult outside post in a field of nine coming out of the chute. Most horses lose a great deal of ground as the chute meets the main course, but Gonzalez was able to guide his mount smoothly to the rail.

Saving all the ground, Frandontjudge was in last place until the stretch turn. Gonzalez let his mount go and began to close ground on the leaders heading into the stretch. With eight horses to weave through, the 32 year old native of Venezuela never panicked as he guided Frandontjudge through two narrow openings and went on to a convincing victory.

Frandontjudge paid $19 to win, while stepping up in class. Frandontjudge is trained by Jerry Hollendorfer.

If Gonzalez begins to pick up steam with that strong stable, there should be many more trips to the winner’s circle in his future.

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