07/28/2011 5:45PM

Del Mar: Sal on the lead

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Trainer Sal Gonzalez, best known for winning the $2 million Golden Shaheen in Dubai in 2006 with Proud Tower Too, won with both his starters at Del Mar on Thursday. They were ridden by Joel Rosario for owner Tricar Stables.

Both Malusita in the second race and Sheskey in the third race led throughout. Malusita ($9.60) won a $25,000 claimer over 1 1-16 miles by 5 1-4 lengths, while Sheskey (11.80) won a maiden claimer over 1 1-16 miles over 2 1-4 lengths.

There has been a perception that frontrunners would have a difficult time on this course this year, but that has not always been the case.

Sheskey won the first leg of a $2 pick six that drew a pool of $166,124.