California Angel with Rafael Bejarano wins 2021 JP Morgan Chase. (Photograph by Keeneland / Coady)
Oaklawn Barn Notes by Robert Yates
HOT PRINGS, Ark. — Victory on Saturday tenthទី Airplane racing Pat Along with the nice document of Rafael Bejarano within the profitable race at Oaklawn.
Clinton Stuart-trained Pate ($ 9.20) represents 29ទី Oaklawn profession wins for Bejarano with nearly 73% of these wins (21) price no less than $ 90,000 (particular weight, allowance or stakes). Saturday 10ទី The race is a $ 90,000 ladies’s particular weight race for a 3-year-old.
Bejarano, as of Saturday, has gained 13 races within the $ 90,000 race of 2022-2023 in Oaklawn, the place he’s driving for the primary time on the request of Scorching Springs coach Ron Moquett. Bejarano was based mostly all year long in Kentucky. Bejarano, 40, entered on Sunday as Oaklawn’s second-ranked bicycle owner with 19 victories from 91 hills. He additionally ranked third in pocket cash ($ 1,243,214).
“I had an incredible assembly, particularly driving for Ron Moquett,” Bejarano mentioned after Saturday the tenth.ទី Racing. “He trains loads of good horses.”
Bejarano and Moquett teamed up for eight victories within the $ 90,000-plus race on the summit, together with the opening day, December 9, when Jockey had three rides. Bejarano wins $ 90,000 particular weight race the subsequent day on Spurrier, representing Moquett’s 300ទី Profession Victory Oaklawn.
“He did nicely,” Moquett mentioned. That it’s going to deliver rider right here and compete with them. Laborious to attend (Ricardo) Santana and others with large garments they’ll experience. Avoiding them. ”
Bejarano Oaklawn’s first 10 profession victories included eight shares (all price no less than $ 250,000) when he was based mostly in Southern California. The final throughout that four-year interval (2009-2013) was the $ 1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) in 2013 on Overanalyze for future Corridor of Fame coach Todd Pletcher. In his early profession, Oaklawn gained over Papa Clem within the 2009 Arkansas Derby.
“Final 12 months I stayed at Turfway Park within the winter,” Bejarano mentioned. “It’s extremely chilly. Right here it is extremely lovely. The climate is ideal and the cash is nice. New trainer, new face. “It was alternative for me.”
Bejarano mentioned the plan now’s to return to Oaklawn subsequent season.
“Oh sure, in fact,” Bejarano mentioned. “If I nonetheless have the help of Ron Moquett and proceed to do nicely this 12 months, we will likely be again subsequent 12 months.”
Bejarano kicked off Sunday with 4,343 profession victories in North America, in response to Equibase, racing’s official knowledge assortment group. Complete ranked 57ទី Traditionally based mostly on Equibase statistics.
Simply earlier than December 9, Bejarano’s final victory at Oaklawn got here within the 2013 Arkansas Derby.