04/28/2017 10:40AM

De La Cruz has tough competition as 100-day meet opens

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Since arriving at Thistledown as a 22-year-old in 2012, Walter De La Cruz has been the dominant rider at the suburban Cleveland track. A graduate of the Jockey School of Peru, which produced such stars as Rafael Bejarano and Edgar Prado, De La Cruz has topped the Thistledown standings in four of the last five seasons, including a career-best 130 wins in 2014.

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