I knew she was going to kick in for me and show me that runUPI Thoroughbred Racing Roundup May 03, 2010
I just let him go on and do what he was doing. I didn't push on him or hit him. I just let him run. After the race we saw he'd lost a shoe. Left front. He was running relaxed and I was real comfortable in the first part. Then the last part his talent took over. He's just a nice horseUPI Thoroughbred Racing Roundup Sep 07, 2010
I had to change my game plan because I thought I was going to be on the lead easyUPI Thoroughbred Racing Roundup Nov 29, 2010
She's got a lot of natural speed and we made the lead pretty easyUPI Thoroughbred Racing Roundup Jan 10, 2011
I gave her a little breather before I came to the turn, and then let her goUPI Thoroughbred Racing Roundup Mar 21, 2011
Alcibiades Stakes (2004) WEBN Stakes (2004) Fall Highweight Handicap(2004) Woodford County Stakes (2004, 2005, 2006) Lane's End Breeders' Futurity (2004) Phoenix Stakes (2004, 2006) West Virginia Derby (2004, 2011) Kentucky Cup Classic Handicap (2005) Carter Handicap (2005) Fred W. Hooper Handicap (2005, 2006) Pennsylvania Derby (2005) Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Stakes (2005) San Felipe Stakes (2005) Shadwell Turf Mile Stakes (2005) Bashford Manor Stakes (2006) Derby Trial (2006) Mrs. Revere Stakes (2006) Suwannee River Handicap (2006) Rampart Handicap (2006, 2007) Blue Grass Stakes (2007) John C. Mabee Handicap (2007) Rushaway Stakes (2007) Churchill Distaff Turf Mile Stakes (2007) Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf (2007) Old Hat Stakes (2007) Maid of the Mist Stakes (2007) Monrovia Handicap (2007) Honorable Miss Handicap (2007) Best Pal Stakes (2008) Sunshine Millions Distaff (2008) Las Virgenes Stakes (2008) Santa Maria Handicap (2008) Lone Star Derby (2008) Hollywood Breeders' Cup Oaks (2008) Ogden Phipps Handicap (2008) Eddie Read Handicap (2008) Breeders' Futurity Stakes (2008) Eddie Logan Stakes (2008) La Habra Stakes (2008) San Gabriel Handicap (2008, 2009) Tuzla Handicap (2009) Arkansas Derby(2009) Kentucky Oaks (2010) Mervyn Leroy Handicap (2010) Gamely Stakes (2010) Sorrento Stakes (2010) Senator Ken Maddy Handicap (2010)
Rafael Bejarano (born June 23, 1982 in Arequipa, Peru) is a champion jockey in American Thoroughbred horse racing. He trained at the Peruvian national riding school before embarking on his professional career in 1999. Having met with success, including winning the apprentice riding title at Hipódromo de Monterrico in Lima, he emigrated to the United States in the spring of 2002 and settled in Louisville, Kentucky. He got his first win on July 10 that year at River Downs in Cincinnati, Ohio and went on to major race wins in Kentucky and on the New York Racing Association circuit.
In 2004, Rafael Bejarano got his big break when he was the United States Champion Jockey by wins with 455. As part of his 2004 success, on March 12 at Turfway Park in Florence, Kentucky he won seven races on a single race card and ended the meet with a track-record 196 wins. During his breakout year his earnings were $12,212,308 out of 1,922 mounts finishing 8th in the national earnings list. In the American Classic Races, he finished eighth aboard Andromeda's Hero in the 2005 Kentucky Derby then rode him to a second place finish in the Belmont Stakes and in 2005 he finished the year with earnings of $$14,436,781 with 264 winners out of 1,346 mounts as he was 4th in the national earnings list. In the 2006 Derby he finished ninth on Point Determined. He first rode in the Preakness Stakes in 2004 and got his best result in 2005 with a fourth place finish on Sun King.