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Jan07

Caixa Eletronica dies after Belmont Park collision

caixa-eletronicaA four-time graded stakes winning horse named Caixa Eletronica died after being injured on January 4 during a training session at Belmont Park, as reported to RacebooksOnline.com. Unfortunately a loose horse named Six Drivers was also killed during the incident. The deaths were the result of a collision which took place at about 8 am. Caixa Eletronica was running on the course’s training track at the nine-year-old horse suddenly collided with Six Drivers.

Six Drivers happened to be running loose on the track after his rider was unseated just behind the starting gate. Six Drivers came out of the collision with a fractured neck while Caixa Eletronica fractured his skull. Both of the horses lost their lives immediately because of the injuries suffered in the mishap. Dr. Anthony Verderosa, who is the New York Racing Association’s chief examining veterinarian, confirmed the deaths of both horses.

Caixa Eletronica seemed to hit his peak as a race horse after trainer Todd Pletcher claimed him in 2011 on behalf of his owner Mike Repole for a price of $62,500. With Pletcher and Repole watching over him, Caixa Eletronica managed to capture a total of seven stakes. These included the Westchester Stakes in 2011 and the Charles Town Classic Stakes in 2012 as well as the Fall Highweight Handicap and True North Handicap.

Repole was shocked and saddened by the accident and claimed that it’s a terrible day in the world of horse racing. He added that it’s a horrible thing to happen to any horse, but the tragedy is magnified because it happened to Caixa Eletronica. Pletcher stated that Caixa Eletronica represented everything good about the sport of horse racing. He said the horse got off to a modest start during his career and then reached the pinnacle of the sport and it’s simply heartbreaking.

Overall during his career, Caixa Eletronica started 69 races and has a record of 23-9-11. The horse managed to win over $1.8 million. In the animal’s final start he placed fourth at the 2013 Fall Highweight which took place at Aqueduct Racetrack on November 28. During 2013 Caixa Eletronica, manage to win four out of his nine races with one of them being the Duck Dance Stakes which was run at Belmont Park.

Repole said Caixa Eletronica was a very durable horse and it doesn’t really make any sense for him to lose his life like this. He added that he wishes his two and three-year-old horses were as sound as Caixa Eletronica was. Carlos Castro, who was riding the horse when he dies, was taken to a Manhasset, New York hospital to be evaluated and Julio Pezua, who was seated by Six Drivers, was reported to have suffered no injuries.

Six Drivers, who was owned by Jeffrey Tucker, had just four career starts and had yet to win a race. The four-year-old gelding managed to finish second in a maiden claiming event at Aqueduct on December 27.

Jan01

Belmont Stakes purse money also rises to $1.5 million

Another famous Triple Crown horse race will see its purse raised in 2014 as it has been announced that the purse for the Belmont Stakes event will reach $1.5 million. The race, which is the third and final Triple Crown event of the year, will take place on June 7 in 2014 when it is held for the 146th time. The purse for the one-and-a-half mile race had been $1 million since it was last raised back in 1998. The New York Racing Association (NYRA) made the announcement regarding the purse on December 28.

The Belmont Stakes will now offer the same prize money as the Preakness Stakes as the Maryland Jockey Club recently announced it was raising the purse of the Preakness Stakes race to $1.5 million from $1 million in 2014. The Preakness will be run on May 17 in 2014. The first and most famous of the three Triple Crown events is the Kentucky Derby and its purse has been $2 million since it was doubled in value back in 2005. The 2014 Kentucky Derby will take place on May 17 in Louisville.

As well as the purse increase for the Belmont Stakes, the NYRA announced that the top eight finishers of the race will share in the prize money. Up until 2013 just the top five finishers shared the purse. The NYRA’s senior vice president Martin Panza released a statement which said the Belmont Stakes is by far the biggest attraction of the year at Belmont Park and the increase in the prize money reflects the status of the prestigious Triple Crown event.

Panza said the increase in purse money was made possible by the organization’s racing committee which consists of Bobby Flay, Steven Duncker, Barry Ostrager, Rick Violette and Leonard Riggio. The winner of the 2014 Belmont Stakes will take home $800,000 while the runner up will receive $280,000 and the third-place finisher will earn $150,000. Fourth place will be good for $100,000 while fifth place will pay $60,000, sixth place will be worth $45,000. Seventh place is good for $35,000 and the eighth-place finisher will be awarded $30,000.

In the past several years the top five finishers split the purse money by percentages with the winner taking 60 per cent, second place earning 20 per cent, third place taking home 11 per cent, fourth place being good for six per cent and fifth place earning three per cent. The NYRA said the increase in the purses means the race should attract the most competitive and fullest field possible and even the eighth-place owner earn good money for their commitment.

Dec26

Hollywood Park racetrack closes its doors

The Hollywood Park horse racing track in Inglewood, California has now closed its doors for good after 75 years. Some of the world’s top racehorses ran the famous track throughout the years such as Affirmed, Seattle Slew, Seabiscuit, Zenyatta and Citation. Also, the very first Breeders Cup was held here back in 1984. The 260-acre track and adjoining property will be turned into a retail development and residential area in 2014.

A total of 13,000 people showed up on the track’s last day on December 22 to take in the 11 races and it was the largest crowd at the venue since 26,000 showed up in October of 2010 to view the last race run in California by Zenyatta. The final stakes race at Hollywood Park, the $200,000 King Glorious race for 2-year-olds, was won by California Chrome, who was trained by Art Sherman and ridden by jockey Victor Espinoza.

Most fans and horse racing people knew earlier this year that Hollywood Park was going to close at the end of 2013, but it didn’t make them feel any better about it. Hall of Fame trainer, the 77-year-old Jack Berg, was upset with the state of California and the cities of Los Angeles and Inglewood and blamed them for the track closing down. He said he thought it was pathetic that the track has been closed and it will help kill racing in the state.

Hollywood Park is now the second major racetrack to close down in California since 2008. The Bay Meadows venue, which was located close to San Francisco, was shut down back then after 74 years in business and the land was also used for a commercial real estate and retail project. Van Berg said he’s been racing in California for the past 41 years and he now plans to work out of Oaklawn Park down in Arkansas. Berg claimed that he’s had enough of racing in California and doesn’t like it there anymore because of the way it’s being operated.

With Hollywood Park closing, some of the tracks racing dates will be moved to Santa Anita in Arcadia and Los Alamitos in Orange County. Many people felt the writing was on the wall for Hollywood Park when the Hollywood Park Land Co. bought the site from Churchill Downs back in 2005. The new owners promised that racing would continue for at least three years when the track changed hands and said things would then be reviewed. However, attendance and race betting declined over the years and a plan to install slot machines fell through.

Hollywood Park will now be used for 3,000 housing units, which will include condominiums and townhomes. There will also be two dozen acres of parkland on the site as well as a hotel, an entertainment and retail district, and a movie theatre. The racetrack opened its doors in 1938 under the supervision of Hollywood’s Warner Brothers, Harry and Jack Warner. The track used to attract many celebrities as regulars such as Bing Crosby, Jimmy Stewart Cary Grant and Elizabeth Taylor.

There will be an auction on January 24/25 to sell off many of the track’s items and the venue’s flamingoes have been transferred to a zoo in Northern California. There are also three horses buried on the site’s infield which are Native Diver, Landaluce, and Great Communicator, and they will all be relocated.

Dec18

Purse for 2014 Preakness Stakes Reaches $1.5 million

Preakness StakesThe Maryland Jockey Club announced recently that the purse for the 2014 Preakness Stakes will increase to $1.5 million from $1 million in 2013. The purse reached $1 million back in 1998 and this is the first increase for the famous 1 3/16-mile race since then. The 2014 Triple Crown race will take place at Pimlico Race Course on Saturday, May 17.

Tom Chuckas, the president of the Maryland Jockey Club, said the Preakness is obviously the biggest day of the year for the club and the increase in purse money shows the horseracing world that the club is doing well and getting stronger. He added that it will also help the club increase its fan base as well as partnerships with sponsors.

In December of 2012 the Maryland Jockey Club came to a 10-year deal with the Maryland Horse Breeders Association and the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association to race at Pimlico and Laurel Park. According to Chuckas, the breeding and horseracing situation have improved in the state of Maryland due to the agreement. In addition, Maryland casinos are continuing to help fund track improvements and purses as well as breeder and owner awards programs.

Chuckas stated that there have been several things that have helped horseracing in Maryland over the past two years and the sport is now more credible and stable because of them. He admitted that things have been a little rocky in the state for the past decade for several different reasons, but horseracing is now definitely back on the right track.

There will be a card on Preakness Eve on May 16 which will showcase eight added-money horse races. The headline feature will be the $500,000 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes followed by the $300,000 Pimlico Special. Also, on the bill will be the $300,000 Dixie Stakes along with a total of three $150,000 stakes. These will be the Gallorette Handicap, the Maryland Sprint Handicap and the Allaire duPont Distaff Stakes.

There will be a combined 17 stakes out of 26 total races on May 16 and 17 with the Preakness Stakes being the highlight. The total pursers for the weekend will reach close to $4 million. Chuckas remarked that the increase in the purse for the Preakness is supported by the state regulator and the horsemen. Bruce Quade, the chairman of the Maryland Racing Commission, released a statement which said he supports the move and it will help Maryland become a major player in the sport.

It’s the first time that any of the Triple crown races have had a purse increase since 2005. At that time, the purse for the Kentucky Derby was doubled to $2 million from $1 million by Churchill Downs. When the Preakness Stakes was launched back in 1873, the purse was $1,000. It was increased to $25,000 in 1919 and grew to $100,000 years later in 1946. It went up to $150,000 in 1959 and between 1979 and 1989 it was increased on four occasions until it reached $500,000. It hit the $1 million mark in 1998.

Sep17

Wise Dan sets track record for the Woodbine Mile

Wise DanWise Dan has become the first horse to win the Ricoh Woodbine Mile in Toronto, Canada twice when he took the race on September 15. Not only did he win the event for the second time in a row, but he also did it in the track’s record time. Wise Dan, who was named the United States Horse of the Year for 2013, was ridden by jockey John Velazquez. It was the ninth straight win by the horse which is trained by Charles LoPresti and owned by Morton Fink.

LoPresti has now won the race in each of the past three years while Velazquez set a record for jockeys by winning it for the fourth time. It was the 18th victory for the horse in 25 starts and Wise Dan has now earned more than $5 million during his career. The new track record was clocked at 1:31.75 which was enough to beat the old mark of 1:31.84 which was set back in 2004 by Royal Regalia.

LoPresti said Wise Dan is a great horse and he’s made everybody involved with him as proud as can be. The horse will now return to the Breeders’ Cup Mile which will be run at Santa Anita Park on November 2. Za Approval with Garrett Gomez aboard, came in second in the Woodbine Mile in a record low field of six with Trade Storm ridden by Gary Stevens placing in third. In the race betting, Wise Dan entered the race as the favourite at odds of 1-4 and paid just $2.50 to win. It was the smallest winning payoff in the history of the race. The previous low was $3.10, which Wise Dan paid last year when he won.

Riding the River came in fourth place with Dimension finishing in fifth and Excaper trailing the field in sixth. Wise Dan, a powerful chestnut gelding ended up winning the race by 31/4 lengths which is just about the same margin he won the Woodbine Mile by last year. LoPresti said the horse will continue to train until the Breeders’ Cup Mile and hopes he can win that race for the second straight time as well. Wise Dan managed to set a track record at Santa Anita when capturing the event last year.

LoPresti added that the horse may also run in October at Keeneland for the Shadwell Turf Mile, but he’ll see how the animal is doing at the time before committing to anything. Wise Dan also won that race in 2012. Fink, the horse’s owner, said wise Dan is a wonderful horse and that’s down to the way LoPresti takes care of it. He admitted that it’s tempting to run Wise Dan every few weeks, but that’s unlikely to happen even though he’s now won a total of $5,043,610 during his racing career.

Lo Presti concurred by saying he tries to keep Wise Dan as fresh as possible between events and doesn’t want to wear him out. He feels it’s better to maintain the horse at the same level of competition and hopes this will extend Wise Dan’s career by a few more years.

Aug27

Game On Dude wins sixth in row by taking the Pacific Classic

Game On Dude easily won the Pacific Classic for three-year-olds and up at Del Mar on Saturday August 25. The horse took the million dollar Grade 1 race over 1 ¼ mile. Kettle Corn came in second while You Know I Know placed in third. Game On Dude, who had jockey Martin Garcia aboard, took the field by finishing a race-record 8 ½ lengths in front. Garcia rode the horse after original jockey Joel Rosario was injured.

Game On Dude entered the event as the favourite at odds of 8-5 and led the race from the start to the finish and the Grade 1 win was the seventh in his fine career. The Pacific Classic victory now enables the six-year-old gelding to enter the Breeders’ Cup Classic for the third time. It was also the third time Game On Dude has raced in the Pacific Classic. He came in fourth place in 2011 and was the runner up last year with trainer Bob Baffert, a hall of famer.

The win on Saturday was the fourth in total for Baffert at the Pacific Classic. The only trainer to win more is Bobby Frankel, who has half a dozen victories to his name over the 23-year history of the race. Baffert also recently won his fifth consecutive Pat O’Brien Stakes with his horse Fed Biz. It was the trainer’s seventh victory overall in the event.

Baffert said it was an emotional win on Saturday, especially for his wife Jill and Game On Dude’s owners. He claims that Game On Dude has never really been shown the respect he deserves, but has improved year after year. The horse finished the race in a time of 2:00.69. Both Kettle Corn and You Know I Know were trained by John Sadler and they finished in second and third respectively.

After Game On Dude crossed the finish line the next four horses appeared to cross the line at the same time. However, the photo finish showed Kettle Corn was runner up followed closely by You Know I Know and then Richard’s Kid, which has won the Pacific Classic on two previous occasions.

Game On Dude has won all three major handicap events in Southern California this year. The only other time this was achieved was back in 2006 when Lava Man managed to pull it off. Game On Dude won the Hollywood Gold Cup and the Santa Anita Handicap earlier in 2013 and has now won six races in a row, including all five this year. He has now started 27 races and won 15 of them with the horse’s career earnings now standing at $5,602,158. This makes him the richest active horse in North America at the moment.

Game On Dude found himself about three lengths in front when reaching the top of the lane. When he came to the mid-stretch the advantage had doubled to six lengths. Jockey Garcia was happy with the win and said it means a lot to him. He added that the race was a lot of fun and the horse new exactly what to do. Holding Glory came in fifth place followed by Delegation in sixth, Byrama in seventh, Dullahan in eighth, Jeranimo in ninth, Endorsement in 10th, Farraaj in 11th and Blueskiesnrainbows in 12th and last place. Liaison was scratched from the race.

Jun09

Palace Malice takes the Belmont Stakes

The 2013 Belmont Stakes was won by Palace Malice on June 8 as the horse flew past Preakness Stakes winner Oxbow down the stretch to win the 145th edition of the race. Veteran jockey Mike Smith was aboard the winner and took the lead in the last quarter of a mile at Belmont Park and rode it to a 3 1/4-length win in the last leg of horseracing’s famous Triple Crown. This year’s Kentucky Derby winner Orb finished in third place.

Palace Malice, a three-year-old colt, entered the Belmont Stakes with just one win under his belt in seven career starts. The horse, which is trained by veteran Todd Pletcher, finished in 12th place in the Kentucky Derby just a few weeks back. Pletcher, who was celebrating his second career win at the race, said it was a huge win for the horse. He added that he felt Palace Malice had it in him to win a big race and this proved it.

After the disappointing finish in the Derby, Palace Malice, sat out the Preakness Stakes. He ran the 1½ miles at Belmont in 2:30.70 after 24 hours of rain on the track. However, by the time the race started the weather was warm and sunny with 47,562 fans turning up to watch it.

Pletcher had five horses in the race, the same number he had at this year’s Kentucky Derby, while he didn’t have any in the Preakness. Palace Malice started the race with odds of 13/1. He’s the ninth horse to win the Belmont Stakes after sitting out the Preakness since 1978. The others were Union Rags in 2012, Summer Bird in 2009, Jazil in 2006, Birdstone in 2004, Empire Maker in 2003, Commendable in 2000, Lemon Drop Kid in 1999, and Caveat in 1983.

Incognito took fourth place at in the 14-horse field at Belmont behind Palace Malice, Oxbow and Orb while Revolutionary finished in fifth followed by Unlimited Budget, Overanalyze, Vyjack, Golden Soul, Will Take Charge, Giant Finish, Midnight Taboo, Freedom Child and then Frac Daddy. It was the fourth time in the past five years that a different horse has won one of the Triple Crown races. Orb took the Kentucky Derby this year with Oxbow taking the Preakness.

Rosie Napravnik rode Unlimited Budget at Belmont, making her the first ever female jockey to take part in all three of the Triple Crown events during the same year. She was attempting to become just the second female to earn a win in a Triple Crown event.
The other horses in the race that were trained by Pletcher were Midnight Taboo, Revolutionary, Overanalyze, and Unlimited Budget. Pletcher won the Belmont Stakes for the first time back in 2007 with Rags to Riches. He also won the Kentucky Derby in 2010 with Super Saver. It was jockey Smith’s second victory at Belmont as he won the race in 2010 when he rode Drosselmeyer to the winner’s circle.

May27

Preakness Stakes winner Oxbow will run at Belmont

D. Wayne Lukas, the trainer of Preakness Stakes winner Oxbow, said he plans to enter the horse in the Belmont Stakes on June 8th. Will Take Charge, who is also trained by Lukas and finished in seventh place in the nine-horse Preakness field, could also run at Belmont. However, Lukas’ other Preakness entry, Titletown Five, who came in last place in the race, won’t enter Belmont and will stick to shorter events for the rest of season.

Trainer Shug McGaughey, whose horse Orb won the Kentucky Derby by 2 ½ lengths and placed fourth at the Preakness, said He’ll keep his eye on the horse and will decide later if he’ll run at Belmont Park. The trainer said he wants to monitor the horse’s energy level before committing to the race. Orb was favoured to take the Preakness as well as he entered the race with odds of 3/5.

Oxbow, who came in sixth in this year’s Kentucky Derby, won the Preakness by 1 and ¾ lengths and was one of the outsiders going into the race at 15/1. Fifty-year-old jockey Gary Stevens rode the horse to victory after sitting out the last seven years in retirement. Just before the Preakness Stevens rode Skyring to the winner’s circle at the Longines Dixie Stakes even though the horse was a 24/1 long shot. It was the third Preakness win for Stevens as he also won the race in the past with Pont Given and Silver Charm.

Lukas said he was thrilled that the Hall of Famer Stevens agreed to ride Oxbow because even though he retired for seven years he still knows everything that’s going on in the world of horse racing. Oxbow is a son of Awesome Again, who won a Breeders’ Cup Classic. The horse is Lukas’ first winner at the Preakness since back in 1999 when Charismatic took the race. His other Preakness champions were Codex in 1980, Tank’s Prospect in 1985, Tabasco Cat in 1994 and Timber Country in 1995. The trainer has entered 40 horses in the Preakness over the years.

The best news out of this year’s Preakness was the fact that none of the nine horses were injured during the race and all managed to finish it in good health. McGaughey stated that it was a dream to win the Kentucky Derby and he would have loved to have seen Orb win the Preakness so he would have a shot at the Triple Crown, but it simply wasn’t his day and Oxbow deserved the victory.
Itsmyluckyday finished as the runner up at the Preakness and 15 at the Kentucky Derby. The horse is the son of Lawyer Ron, but it’s not certain yet if he’ll enter the Belmont Stakes. Trainer Edward Plesa Jr. said the chances are 50-50 that the horse will run on June 8. However, he did say that Itsmyluckyday will probably enter the Haskell Invitational on July 28 in New Jersey.

Tom Amoss, who trains Mylute, the third-place finisher at the Preakness, said it was the best race he’s ever seen the horse run. He added that the horse ran in the Kentucky Derby too and deserves a bit of a rest. Amoss said it’s possible that Mylute will run at Belmont, but he’ll discuss the future plans with the horse’s owners before coming to a decision on it. Doug O’Neill, the trainer of Goldencents, who finished fifth at the Preakness, said his horse won’t take part in the Belmont Stakes. Al Stall, the trainer of Departing, who finished sixth at the Preakness, said his horse won’t run at Belmont either.

May20

Oxbow pulls off Preakness Stakes upset

OxbowThere was a surprise finish at the 138th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico racetrack in Baltimore, Maryland on May 19 as 15 to 1 underdog Oxbow took the second race of the Triple Crown while Kentucky Derby winner and favourite Orb came in fourth place. Oxbow led most of the way during the race and that couldn’t have pleased jockey Gary Stevens and D. Wayne Lukas, the horse’s trainer, more.

This was Lukas’ 14th victory in a Triple Crown event, which is a record the 77-year-old is very proud of. For the 50-year-old Stevens, who just came out of a seven-year retirement back in January, it was his third win at the Preakness to equal the trio of victories he also has in the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont, giving him nine Triple Crown wins so far in his career.
Stevens said the win was very sweet and it was as if all of the stars were aligned to steer Oxbow to victory. He added that it was especially great to be able to win the race for Lukas’ team. Stevens happened to ride one of Lukas’ horses named Winning Colors way back in the 1988 Kentucky Derby for the jockey’s first win in a Triple Crown race. Stevens said that Lukas has supported him ever since and he called to tell him he had a colt named Oxbow for him to ride.

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It was a disappointing day for Orb as he broke away from the rail slowly, but couldn’t really find a good rhythm. Joel Rosario, the jockey who rode Orb at the Preakness and the Kentucky Derby, said they had a hard time keeping pace with the rest of the pack after they reached the half-mile mark. Rosario said he was a little worried at that point, but then Orb steadied himself out, but just didn’t have it in him to pull out a win.

The last time a horse has run the Triple Crown was back in 1978 when Affirmed won it. I’ll Have Another came close last year. However, after winning the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, the horse had to be pulled out of the Belmont because of an injured tendon. Oxbow’s trainer Lukas has now won six Preakness Stakes and not trails record-holder Robert Wyndham Walden, who has seven. It was Lukas’ first Triple Crown win since taking the Belmont back in 2000 when his horse Commendable took the event.

Oxbow started the race in the number six post and finished 1 ¾ lengths ahead of runner up Itsmyluckyday. Mylute finished in third with jockey Rosie Napravnik trying to become the first woman to win the race. Orb was fourth followed by Goldencents in fifth, Departing in sixth, Will Take Charge in seventh, Govenor Charlie in eighth and Titletown Five in ninth and last place.

Shug McGaughey, who trains Orb, said he was disappointed in the fourth-place finish, but Lukas and his team did a great job and he congratulates them on their victory. Orb entered the Preakness looking to win his sixth consecutive race and many fans figured he wouldn’t have a problem achieving it. Still, the 117,000 fans who showed up at Pimlico witnessed a heck of a race between nine of the top jockeys and horses around.

May17

Jockey Rafael Bejarano wins 3000th North American horse race

Rafael BejaranoPeruvian Jockey Rafael Bejarano won his 3,000th horse race in North America on May 11 when he rode Ondine, a 1-2 favorite Ondine to a comfortable victory at California’s soon-to-be-closed Holly wood Park. The 30-year-old who hails from Arequipa, Peru, reached the milestone just under 12 years after beginning his career. The win came in the first-level $54,000 allowance race. His very first career victory came back in Lima, Peru when he won his inaugural race at the Hipodromo de Monterrico in December of 2001 Lima.

Bejarano then moved to North America to continue his career and his first win on the new continent came back in July of 2002. Ironically, it was also in his very first horse race in America when he rode John Bobby to the winner’s circle at River Downs. Bejarano then moved to Southern California to work with Bobby Frankel in 2007.

So far in his career, Bejarano has managed to earn 17 meet riding championships. Four of these have come at Hollywood Park. He won six straight Southern California titles back in the 2008/09 racing season. He’s on a roll again this year since Bejarano is the top jockey at the current spring/summer season at Hollywood Park.

Bejarano earned his 3,000th win when Ondine took the race by 3 and 3/4 lengths. Ondine is trained by Bob Baffert of Peachtree Stable and is a three-year-old Medaglia d’Oro filly. It was the jockey’s 16th win of the current season. Bejarano won 74 races at last year’s spring/summer program to earn the championship by winning 25 more races than Edwin Maldonado, the runner up and is well on his way to retaining his title. Last year was certainly a productive one for Bejarano as he was ranked the fourth in America with over $17 million in earnings, his best showing ever.

After winning the milestone race Bejarano said he was so happy to be able to do it in front of his supporters and friends. He said he’s had many opportunities since moving to California and thanked Armando Sanchez, his valet and Joe Ferrer, his agent. He added that he’s excited and proud to have reached 3,000 wins and was feeling anxious recently after somebody pointed out that he was so close to the achievement. He said it’s an honour and 3,000 wins don’t come easy.

Up until now Bejarano has captured three Breeders’ Cup races. These include riding Intercontinental in the Filly and Mare Turf back in 2005 and riding Ginger Punch to the Distaff in 2007. Some of the other million-dollar races won by the jockey include the Arkansas Derby in 2009 when he rode Papa Clem to victory, the Haskell Invitational in 2012 aboard Paynter, and the Santa Anita Handicap in 2008 when he rode Heatseeker.