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Posted by on 7/3/2013 7:44:30 PM

Don’t look now but online sports betting site players figure to get a chance on Pat Valenzuela once again.

He’s back after problems with his knees and is expected to return sometime early the Del Mar meet. This guy has had so many suspensions over the decades and he will find it harder to come back this time at the age of 50.

But horses still run for him and he proved it as his last winner was in a stakes at Oak Tree last winter.

No matter what shape he is in, Valenzuela will have to use all of his talent to deal with the kingpins of the SoCal jockey colony.

Rafael Bejarano and Joe Talamo are currently tied for the lead at Betfair Hollywood Park and they are much younger that P Val. There will be some wiggle room in the colony as Tyler Baze is likely to be suspended for an incident involving alcohol.

Known for his victory in the Kentucky Derby in 1989, Valenzuela’s mounts have earned over $165 million in his 35-year career.

On the other side of the country at Colonial Downs in Virginia, Horacio Karamanos finds himself in a familiar spot atop the rider standings.

No jockey in history has won more races that Karamanos at Colonial Downs, a quaint little venue that online sports betting site players should take a swing at.

Karamanos has won over 1,600 races and his mounts have earned over $35 million. One of his best assets is his belief that any horse he rides is live.

In 2007, he won the Virginia Derby with a 37-1 shot. Last month Karamanos was aloft London Lane in the Colonial Turf Cup. The runner had one just one race in two years.

But strange things happen when Karamanos believes.

London Lane only had one runner beaten at the top of the lane but came flying home to blow up the tote at 50-1.

Karamanos had 2 winners last Sunday and neither was favored so regardless of the price Karamanos rates long consideration if betting at Colonial.

Back out West and back to the future in Singapore. David Flores, who has plied his trade in SoCal for decades, will be packing and moving his tack to that far away Southeast Asia land for a couple of weeks to see how things go.

Flores did well at one of the best colonies in the world. He has won over 3,500 races and his mounts have earned nearly $150 million.

That’s nothing to sneeze at. The rider is not making a full out change at this point but because things are changing in California, he is just reaching out for a new way to continue to do something he loves.

With Hollywood Park shutting down for good at the end of the year, the entire landscape in the West will change. Meets will be elongated and the unique ability to have three classy venues will be gone for the time being.

On the human side, for older riders like Flores, it’s harder to keep business. The old-time trainers and owners are out of the game and the new blood is more often interested in the flavor of the week and trying to turn a fast buck.

The times they are a changing.

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