From UT San Diego
Jockey Rafael Bejarano won six of eight mounts Sunday at Del Mar to join two legendary jockeys who won six of eight mounts in one day.
Bejarano, who won on five straight mounts, was one shy of the track record set by Victor Espinoza, who won seven of 10 on Labor Day, Sept. 4, 2006. Bejarano tied William Shoemaker (Sept. 4, 1954) and Laffit Pincay, Jr., (twice –July 28, 1976 and July 29, 1978), both of whom won six of eight mounts.
“When I came into the meet I wasn’t 100 percent (physically),” Bejarano said, referring to his recovery from a spill at Santa Anita in which he broke a collarbone, ribs and both shoulder blades. “I was good enough to ride, but not my whole self. I feel good now, and I’m getting better horses to ride.”
Bejarano’s half dozen included Maybellene ($4.80) in the first; Tiz Ladys Legs ($9.60) in the third; Boozer ($4.60) in the sixth; Broken Sword in the Tranquility Lake Stakes in the seventh; Diamond Blue ($3.80) in the eighth; and Halljoy ($8.60) in the 11th.
Over two days, Bejarano won 10 of 16 mounts and is 14 for his last 32 rides. He likely wrapped up his third straight Del Mar riding title, fourth overall. He leads Kent Desormeaux 40-29.