From the Paulick Report
Benoit PhotoRafael Bejarano, the perennially leading rider on the Southern California circuit, will ride at Kentucky Downs on September. 10 and 13.

“I won six races in one day at Kentucky Downs and enjoy riding the course,” said Bejarano, a Breeders’ Cup and multiple-stakes winning rider. “I look forward to returning to Kentucky, raising money for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund and winning some races.”

Bejarano’s banner day at Kentucky Downs took place on September 21, 2004, when he won six races at the Franklin, Kentucky racetrack. He finished second and third in his other mounts on the eight race card. He was narrowly beaten in his two losses, which means he was 1 ½ lengths from sweeping the eight race card.

He will participate in the Hall of Fame activities on Tuesday, September 9 and Wednesday, September 10, joining previously announced Hall of Fame jockeys Pat Day, Laffit Pincay, Jr., Chris McCarron and Randy Romero as well as Edgar Prado and Calvin Borel, who are current active riders. Hall of Fame festivities, including a golf tournament, VIP dinner and autograph session, will benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF).

Born in Peru, Bejarano, 32, was ranked as the 4th leading North American jockey in 2013. In addition to riding on Wednesday, September 10, he will be in the saddle for the richest day of the meet, Saturday, September 13. Kentucky Downs will offer $1.7 million in purses highlighted by the running of the Grade 3, $600,000 Kentucky Turf Cup.

Opening day for the 23rd live racing season at Kentucky Downs is Saturday, Sept. 6. For information on race dates and special events, visit the Kentucky Downs website.