From the Paulick Report
Reno Rebel, the 2-1 favorite, led virtually throughout to win the $48,406 feature Sunday at Los Alamitos.
The 1 ½-length win in the main event on the final day of the Winter thoroughbred meet clinched the jockey title for Rafael Bejarano.
Bejarano, 32, added a win aboard heavily-favored Flyin for a Livin in the day’s final race, so he finished with a dozen victories during the 12-day season, two more than runner-up Tyler Baze.
A native of Arequipa, Peru, Bejarano added Los Alamitos to a Southern California resume that also includes numerous titles at Santa Anita, Del Mar and the now-closed Hollywood Park.
“I’m really happy that everything was safe and it was a good meet,’’ said Bejarano. “I want to thank all the trainers who supported me.’’
Making his first start over the track he has called home, Reno Rebel, a 3-year-old Big Brown ridgling, shook off 24-1 shot Louden’s Gray after a half-mile, then easily held 5-2 second choice Conscience safe in the final sixteenth.
Owned by Nevada Equine LLC and trained by Art Sherman, Reno Rebel completed the six furlongs in 1:08.28 and returned $6.20, $3.60 and $2.80.
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Out of the Distorted Humor mare Humor Me Molly, Reno Rebel increased his earnings to $134,235 with his fourth win in 12 starts. He’s earned three of his victories in seven races on dirt, including a Sept. 27 score in the Asparagus Stakes at Stockton.
A $100,000 purchase at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky sale in 2011, Reno Rebel was claimed for $40,000 Sunday by trainer Peter Miller for owners Chad Littlefield and Ann Prince-Smith.
Making his first start since finishing fifth of eight in a Santa Anita route Oct. 11, Conscience wound up 1 ½ lengths in front of Brando the Birdman, who suffered his first defeat on dirt.
Trained by Tom Proctor for owner-breeder Glen Hill Farm, Conscience paid $3.60 and $3 while the show price on Brando the Birdman was $3.80.
Sirocco Strike, Ranulf, Louden’s Gray, Celtic Moon and Bobo completed the order of finish. Celebrity Status was scratched.
Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, who won the $500,000 Los Alamitos Futurity Saturday with the undefeated Dortmund in a thrilling finish, topped the trainers with eight wins, one more than Phil D’Amato.