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Rafael Bejarano

Rafael Bejarano
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Occupation Jockey
Birthplace Arequipa, Arequipa Province, Peru
Birth date June 23, 1982
Career wins 1,300+ (ongoing)
Major racing wins, honours & awards
Major racing wins

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)
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)
Mervyn Leroy Handicap (2010)
Gamely Stakes (2010)

American Classics / Breeders' Cup wins:
Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (2005)
Breeders' Cup Distaff (2007)
Racing awards
United States Champion Jockey by wins (2004)
Significant horses
Intercontinental, Circular Quay, Dominican
Country Star, Ginger Punch, Square Eddie Papa Clem

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 HipĆ³dromo 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 10th 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 12th 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.

In the 2007 Blue Grass Stakes Bejarano scored a dramatic upset win with Dominican, defeating the 2006 U.S. Champion 2-year-old colt, Street Sense. Bejarano also won the 2008 Track Meet at Santa Anita. He had a grand total of 67 wins. Also, he won the Hollywood Park meet and Del Mar meet as well.

Bejarano in 2008 swept all 5 of the major Southern California titles and for that he was a finalist for the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Jockey for 2008. But lost it. For his 2008 season he had 266 winners out of 1,290 mounts with earnings of $16,439,729.

In 2009, he won the Santa Anita and Oak Tree titles. Then finished the 2009 year with 240 winenrs out of 1,129 mounts with earnings of $12,403,993.

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