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April 26, 2012 | By Eric Sondheimer
The Hollywood Park spring-summer meeting began Thursday with a dramatic finish in the featured $72,350 Harry Henson Stakes for 3-year-olds going six furlongs. American Act, under jockey Rafael Bejarano, rallied from last in a field of six and, after badly drifting to the outside entering the stretch, came on to win by a nose over Senor Rain in a race switched to the cushion track from the turf because of rain. "He never showed signs of doing anything like that before," trainer Jack Carava said.
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November 4, 2013 | Eric Sondheimer
Horses and jockeys were on the move Sunday returning to their home bases after the two-day Breeders' Cup races at Santa Anita, but Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez remained at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena after having his spleen removed following a spill Saturday during the Juvenile Fillies. He was listed in serious but stable condition in the critical care unit. Agent Angel Cordero Jr. told the Daily Racing Form that Velazquez is expected to be hospitalized four to five days and won't ride again in 2013.
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October 29, 2011 | Eric Sondheimer
Horse racing's world championships take place next weekend in Kentucky, and trainer Donald Warren and owner Buddy Johnston wish their top handicap horse, Acclamation, could be running, but a foot issue has sent Acclamation to the sideline, so Saturday's $175,000 California Cup Classic at Santa Anita let them have some fun with their "B" team. Norvsky, a late-developing 5-year-old gelding who has been making steady improvement since being treated for ulcers, rallied for a neck victory over Lucky Primo under hot jockey Rafael Bejarano.
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November 1, 2013 | By Bill Dwyre and John Cherwa
Once the Southern California hope for the Triple Crown, Goldencents emerged again spectacularly in the $1-million Dirt Mile on Friday in the opening day of the Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita. The Doug O'Neill -trained horse, under a strategically perfect ride by Rafael Bejarano , started in the 11th spot of 11 starters, raced to the front under Bejarano's urging and held on well down the stretch, as Joel Rosario and Golden Ticket chased. Goldencents ended up winning by a decisive 23/4 lengths, and principal owner Glenn Sorgenstein said afterward that he had never doubted the horse, even after Goldencents won the Santa Anita Derby and then didn't measure up in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, where the horse finished 17th and fifth.
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June 11, 2011 | Staff and wire reports
If Hollywood Park had year-round racing, Acclamation might never lose. The 5-year-old son of Unusual Heat has won six races in 25 starts, and five have come running over the Inglewood track's turf course, including Saturday's triumph in the $250,000 Grade I Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap. Acclamation joins John Henry as the only multiple winners of the Whittingham Handicap. Ridden by Joe Talamo, Acclamation won by 31/2 lengths over Celtic New Year in a wire-to-wire performance in the 11/4-mile race.
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April 26, 2009 | Eric Sondheimer
There were 10 stakes races for California-breds held at Hollywood Park on Saturday as part of the $1.3-million California Gold Rush program, and jockey Rafael Bejarano could have used an armored truck considering all the money he earned winning five races.
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October 1, 2009 | BILL DWYRE
As opening days of race track meetings go, Wednesday's Oak Tree at Santa Anita was a huge success for star jockey Rafael Bejarano. No, he didn't win the feature, the $100,000 Grade III Morvich. That went to California Flag, the 5-year-old of Keith and Barbara Card, a front-running gelding who did the same thing last year and won another spot in the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint. And no, Bejarano, the 27-year-old from Peru, who was so good last year that he placed first in the jockey standings of all five Southern California thoroughbred meets, didn't even win a race.
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February 18, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert nominated 23 of his 3-year-olds for this year's Kentucky Derby, and they keep winning stakes. The latest winner is Super Ninety Nine, who trounced the field by 11 1/4 lengths to win the $300,000 Southwest Stakes on Monday at Oaklawn Park under jockey Rafael Bejarano. Fear The Kitten was second and Heaven's Runway was third in the 1 1/16-mile race. On Sunday at Santa Anita, the Baffert-trained Shakin It Up won the $150,000 San Vicente Stakes for 3-year-olds at seven furlongs.
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May 4, 2012 | By John Cherwa
LOUISVILLE, Ky--Trainer Todd Pletcher has a good shot to win the Kentucky Derby with his undefeated colt Gemologist but he would rather talk about other horses. "I think Union Rags is still the horse to beat," said Pletcher. "He had a legitimate excuse last time. He was very impressive in the Fountain of Youth and he's run well over this track. " Union Rags' one race at Churchill Downs was a second in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile. Meanwhile, Pletcher's horse has won twice over the Churchill Downs surface.
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October 18, 2012 | By Eric Sondheimer
There could be a changing of the guard taking place at Santa Anita, where 22-year-old jockey Joe Talamo is making a strong bid to win the autumn riding championship. Talamo won four races Thursday at Santa Anita, giving him 20 for the meeting while moving out to a four-win lead over Rafael Bejarano in the jockey standings. Talamo has never won a riding title in Southern California. Bejarano and Joel Rosario have dominated in recent years. But Talamo has been making steady progress and seems in ideal position to challenge Bejarano.
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July 17, 2013 | Eric Sondheimer
There was primping, flirting, laughing, betting, drinking - and that was before the first race went off on opening day at Del Mar. In what has become the social event of the year in San Diego County, a crowd of 43,030, the largest to attend a horse race in California this year, showed up on Wednesday to create a party-like atmosphere complete with hats seemingly designed from an unknown civilization. "Oh my God. Look at this," one female track visitor said in awe of a hat that included an iron replica of the Eiffel Tower covered with flowers and feathers.
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July 17, 2013 | Eric Sondheimer
Opening day at Del Mar is set for Wednesday, and it's the one day of the year when Southern California horse racing fans forget about any troubles surrounding the sport. Fans come out en masse (attendance on opening day was 47,339 last year), colorful hats pop up as if it were the Kentucky Derby and fields are so full that no one worries whether there's a shortage of horses. As usual, the opening day $100,000 Oceanside Stakes for 3-year-olds going one mile on the turf has been split into two divisions, the sixth and ninth races on a 10-race card, after 22 horses were entered.
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July 15, 2013 | Eric Sondheimer
Betfair Hollywood Park contains special memories for trainer Tom Proctor, who remembers being 16 and standing in the winner's circle in 1972 after Convenience, the mare his father Willard trained, won a memorable winner-take-all match race against Typecast in front of 53,575. It was only fitting that Proctor was back in the winner's circle Sunday on the final day of the last spring-summer meeting at the Inglewood track after his 5-year-old mare, Marketing Mix, won the $100,250 Sunset Handicap by one length over defending champion Dhaamer.
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May 11, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
California's leading jockey, Rafael Bejarano, achieved a milestone Saturday at Betfair Hollywood Park, riding to his 3,000th career victory in the first race aboard Ondine, a 3-year-old filly trained by Bob Baffert. Bejarano, 30, a native of Peru, has become the go-to rider on the Southern California horse racing circuit. "I'm really happy for this moment," he said. "A week ago somebody told me I only needed seven or eight to get to 3,000, so I was starting to get excited and preparing for it. "Nobody can get to 3,000 that easy, and I'm really honored to be here.
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June 17, 2012 | By Eric Sondheimer
Joel Rosario, one of the top jockeys in Southern California thoroughbred horse racing since 2009, is moving to New York, his agent, Ron Ebanks, said Sunday. Rosario will begin riding in New York on June 27. Rosario and Rafael Bejarano have dominated the jockey standings at Santa Anita, Hollywood Park and Del Mar. Ebanks said he and Rosario, 27, have been contemplating a move to the East Coast for a year. A broken collarbone suffered by jockey John Velazquez caused the decision to be expedited.
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August 23, 2009 | Associated Press
Trainer Bob Baffert's filly Internallyflawless held off longshot Nan by half a length Saturday to win the Grade I, $350,000 Del Mar Oaks. Ridden by Garrett Gomez, Internallyflawless was second in the field of 10 3-year-old fillies early in the race, took the lead on the final turn and held on for the win, covering 1 1/8 miles on the turf in 1:49.46. "I had to come out with her maybe a little earlier than I wanted to, but it worked out OK," Gomez said. "I got a jump and she did the rest.
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