11/20/2010 12:17PM

Rosario's five-win night sets him up for holiday week


INGLEWOOD, Calif.– Jockey Joel Rosario had five winners from seven mounts at Hollywood Park on Friday evening, including a sweep of the early pick four, to vault to a clear lead in the jockey standings at the fall meeting.

“I had a lot of good chances to win,” Rosario said on Saturday morning.

The five-win evening left Rosario with 13 for the meeting, four more than Corey Nakatani and Joe Talamo.

The 50-cent Joel Rosario early pick four returned $33.75, following wins by Spring Style ($6.80), Dave’s Ruler ($3.20), Tweebster ($4.20), and Jairzihno ($8.20).

Spring Style won by a half-length over pacesetter Dance to My Tune, with 4-5 favorite Late Cuddle only third in the one-mile allowance race on turf for fillies and mares. The win came in Spring Style’s first start since finishing last of seven in the Grade 2 John Mabee Stakes at Del Mar on Aug. 15.

“It didn’t surprise me that she won,” Rosario said. “She’d been working good in the mornings.”

Rosario was already having a big month before Friday. He won the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile at Churchill Downs aboard the outsider Dakota Phone. And, next weekend he has three chances at Grade 1 wins in $250,000 races, riding Gypsy’s Warning in Friday’s Matriarch Stakes; Court Vision in Saturday’s Citation Handicap and Sebastian Flyte in Sunday’s Hollywood Derby.

Gypsy’s Warning was third in the Grade 1 Yellow Ribbon Stakes over 1 1/4 miles on turf her last month.

The Citation will be the first time that Rosario has ridden Court Vision, who won the Grade 1 Woodbine Mile in September but was only fifth in the BC Mile on Nov. 6. Court Vision may go favored in the Citation.

Sebastian Flyte will attract support. Trained by Ben Cecil, who also trains Spring Style, Sebastian Flyte was a fast-closing fourth in the Grade 2 Oak Tree Derby on Oct. 16, his U.S. stakes debut. “I’ve been working him in the mornings,” Rosario said. “I need a little luck.”

Rosario, 25, won the riding title at the 2009 Hollywood Park fall meeting. He said on Saturday he has no plans to travel before the meeting ends on Dec. 19.

“I think I can win the title,” he said. “I’ll ride every day for sure.”

Baffert's bench getting thin

In the last month, Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert has gone from having one of the strongest teams of older horses for the winter to a nearly empty bench.

Richard’s Kid, who won the Grade 1 Goodwood Stakes last month, was sent to Dubai in October by owner Sheikh Rashid instead of starting in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. Friday, Lookin At Lucky, the nation’s leading 3-year-old male, was retired to stud in Kentucky.

For now, Baffert is pinning his hopes in the older horse division on Misremembered, a colt he owns in partnership who has not started since winning the Santa Anita Handicap in March.

“I never thought the big handicap horse in the barn would be one I bred,” he said. “Misremembered is jogging. When the deal came through with Lucky, I had to get him out of the bullpen and start warming him up.”