02/22/2010 12:00AM

Goncalves set for more hip surgery


OLDSMAR, Fla. - Jockey Leandro Goncalves was scheduled to undergo his second hip surgery Tuesday, said his agent, Steve Elzey.

Goncalves had surgery Feb. 16 to shave painful bone spurs from his hip, and Elzey said the jockey is having the same type of surgery on his other hip this week.

"We're hopeful he'll be back in a couple of weeks," Elzey said. "He was on the stationary bike working out shortly after the first surgery, and his surgeon was amazed at how quickly he was recovering."

Goncalves, a 27-year-old native of Brazil, has been one of the surprises of this meeting. Going into this week, he ranked fourth with 24 wins in his first season here. When one considers that he has been riding since last fall with hip problems, it makes his record here even more noteworthy.

O'Connell building on 2009 success

Kathleen O'Connell had her best season ever in 2009, and she hasn't slowed down much. She opened a sizeable lead in the trainers race heading into this week, having sent out 32 winners at the meeting. That put her 12 wins in front of second-place Jamie Ness, who has won the training title here the last three seasons. Ness is still doing his thing, winning at a 41 percent clip, but his starts are down considerably from last year as he continues to shoot for quality rather than quantity in his stable.

Dale Bennett is having another good meeting and was in third with 19 winners, four more than Anthony Pecoraro, who was fourth.

In the riders race, Daniel Centeno had won 62 races through 47 racing dates to hold a 10-win edge over Rosemary Homeister Jr. Homeister posted a riding double Sunday and scored a big win when she piloted Karelian to a nose upset over heavily favored Gio Ponti in the $150,000 Tampa Bay Breeders' Cup Stakes on Saturday.

Luis Gonzalez Jr. was third with 29 wins, five more than Goncalves. Ronnie Allen Jr. was fifth with 18 victories.

Tampa jockeys show well at OBS

Tampa-based riders took two of the four races at the Ocala Breeders Sales Company's Day of Champions, which was held Feb. 15.

Jessie Garcia sent Frankie D. to the front at the start of the $50,000 OBS Sprint for colts and geldings and they went on to post a 3 3/4-length length win in that six-furlong dash.

In the $100,000 OBS Championship for colts and geldings at 1 1/16 miles, Victor Lebron rode Quiet All American to take the test for 3-year-old colts and geldings. Lebron is expected to be aboard Quiet All American in the Grade 2, $500,000 Lane's End going 1 1/8 miles at Turfway on March 27.

Lebron won a race Saturday at Tampa and then came back Sunday with a riding double.