A hat trick for Garcia

Three more wins for apprentice jockey Martin Garcia on Friday, including a pair of nice prices on Victory Spy ($16) in the second and Kouri Jill ($19) in the fourth. He came back to win the feature on Ces’t Mark and now has five victories in two days.
Trainers are putting this guy on live horses because he can ride and they like that five-pound weight allowance. The way Garcia is going, you have to give all his horses an extra long look.

Solis going strong

Alex Solis is riding as well as any jockey in the country. He won two stakes races on opening day at Del Mar and seems to be making all the right decisions.
Alex is as good at judging a pace as it gets. He’s equally as dangerous on a speed horse as on a come-from-behinder. In fact, the way he’s riding these days, he reminds me of Eddie Delahoussaye when Eddie D. would come from far back and just get up to win. If you bet Alex on a come-from-behinder and he’s 2 or 3 lengths behind the next-to-last horse, don’t fret. It just means more times than not he’s going to be closing like an express train in the stretch.
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Del Mar riding title up for grabs

With news that Patrick Valenzuela may eventually have to undergo back surgery, who’s poised to win the Del Mar jockey title?
How about apprentice Martin Garcia, who has been tearing up the Southland since relocating from Northern California two weeks into the Hollywood Park meet?
Certainly, Victor Ezpinoza has to be favored now that it appears P-Val could be sidelined for quite a while because of back pain.
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