Horse racing is no exception.
With Turf Paradise readying to kick off its 131-day race meet October 13, a few records to better will be in the bullseye. Racing will be conducted primarily on a 5-day a week basis, Saturday thru Wednesday, with post time of 12:55 pm.
Robertino Diodoro was the first trainer since Richard Hazelton, who dominated the division from 1970-1976 (with 8 consecutive titles), to win more than three consecutive titles. Diodoro will be going for his sixth consecutive title overall. Hazelton holds the overall record with 16 titles.
Among jockeys, Scott Stevens is in a league by himself after winning his ninth and record breaking title last season. Stevens had been tied with Jim Powell with eight titles each. Stevens, at 55, is still peaking and showing no signs of slowing down from when he won his first title in 1992. Stevens best single season win mark is 186 victories in 1997. The record is held by the late Pat Steinberg with 229 wins in 1988.
Right out of the gate on opening day, Top 10 trainer Valorie Lund, will be looking to become the first trainer to be a three-time winner of the Bienvenidos Stakes in 23 runnings. A week later on October 20, Jeff Metz will be looking to become the first three-time consecutive winner with possible BCZ Middelton – who won this race the past two years - of the Princess of Palms Stakes.
Then on February 9, in the $75,000 Phoenix Gold Cup, which will be celebrating its 63rd running, the Shawn Davis-trained Chief Cicatriz, is expected to aspire to be the first three-time consecutive winner of the track’s prestigious sprint stakes.