Kent Desormeaux’s victory on Texas Red in Wednesday’s sixth race provided his brother J. Keith Desormeaux with his 500th career victory. It temporarily put Desormeaux atop the meet’s rider standings, but two-time defending champion Rafael Bejarano drew back even by winning the closing race on the program aboard Madame Forbes for Peter Eurton.
Desormeaux and Bejarano have 22 wins each, Elvis Trujillo is in third with 20 and Mike Smith next with 19.
“Every race is a little different winning for your brother,” Desormeaux said. “But to be able to do that, with a horse that we’re really hoping can be a special horse … When things go the way you’re expecting them to it’s a really good feeling inside. We were expecting it and it happened.”
The trainer race remained unchanged as Peter Miller failed to get a win from five starters and Jerry Hollendorfer missed with one. Hollendorfer and Miller are tied with 12 wins each. John Sadler and Bob Hess Jr. are three wins behind.