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Rush Bay Holds Off Purim in Opening Verse

Rush Bay, ridden by Rafael Bejarano, rallied from just off the pace and held off Purim in a long stretch duel to score a head victory in Saturday's $109,000 Opening Verse Handicap for 3-year-olds and up on the turf at Churchill Downs.

Ever Elusive's Late Surge Lands Winning Colors

Favored Ever Elusive, hard ridden by Rafael Bejarano, angled six-wide at the top of the lane and caught 50-1 shot Malibu Mint in the final yards to notch a neck victory in Saturday's $110,200 Winning Colors for fillies and mares at Churchill Downs.

Record Plays Baffert's Tune in Derby Trial

The California invader Record made his stakes debut a winning one for trainer Bob Baffert, capturing the $114,939 Derby Trial in late-running fashion on the opening day of the Churchill Downs spring meeting Saturday.

Bejarano to Appeal Five-Day Suspension

Kentucky stewards have suspended jockey Rafael Bejarano for five racing days, April 30 – May 5 (excluding May 1), as a result of the disqualification of his mount, Onlynurimagination, in Keeneland's second race Jockey Rafael Bejarano received a five day suspension from the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority on Thursday, after his horse bumped and forced another out on the final turn in Wednesday's second race at Keeneland. The 23-year-old rider said he will appeal the suspension, which would run from April 30 to May 5 and prevent him from riding in the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I). 26.

First Samurai Tunes Up for Blue Grass

With owners Bruce Lunsford and Lansdon Robbins III looking on, Kentucky Derby (Grade I) contender First Samurai completed his major preparation for Saturday's $750,000-added Toyota Blue Grass (gr. I) with a strong half-mile workout on Monday at Churchill Downs.

Rafael Bejarano Wins Six at Santa Anita

Rafael Bejarano missed Keeneland's card to ride nine mounts in Southern California Saturday, including Triple Crown candidate Point Determined in the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I). The trip proved worthwhile when six of Bejarano's horses – four in succession – brought him to the winner's circle.

Bejarano to Ride Point Determined in Santa Anita Derby

Rafael Bejarano, whose list of Kentucky Derby (gr. I) mounts grows each day, has been named by trainer Bob Baffert to ride Point Determined in the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) April 8. Victor Espinoza, who was originally named to ride the colt, has a prior commitment that day aboard Balance in the Ashland Stakes (gr. I).

Dynamite Lass Lights Fuse in The Very One

Dynamite Lass Lights Fuse in The Very One

Alfred Corrado's Kentucky homebred 4-year-old filly Dynamite Lass rallied gamely through the stretch to wear down 13-10 favorite Olaya for a three-quarters of a length victory in Saturday's $100,00 The Very Handicap (gr. IIIT) going 1 7/16 miles on turf at Gulfstream Park.

Prado, Bejarano to Compete in Japan Jockey Series

Top jockeys Edgar Prado and Rafael Bejarano will represent North America in the 19th World Super Jockey Series at Japan's Hanshin Racecourse Dec. 3-4, said Joe Ferrer, Bejarano's agent. The riders traveled to Japan to participate in the competition that has attracted 14 jockeys from five different continents.

Renovated Churchill Posts Gains at Fall Meet

The 21-day fall meet at Churchill Downs, the first at the historic track since the completion of its $121 million renovation and the first since 2002 that was not limited by construction, concluded on Nov. 26 with gains in both on-track and total wagering and on-track attendance.

Keeneland Fall Meet Numbers Stable

Keeneland reported Tuesday that attendance was up and on-track and all-source wagering fell slightly during the 17-day fall meet that ended Saturday at the Lexington, Ky. track.

Asi Siempre Headlines Keeneland's Friday Feature

A nicely matched cast of 11 3-year-old fillies has passed the entry box to contest Keeneland's $125,000 Valley View Stakes (gr. IIIT) Friday. Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens stays aboard Martin Schwartz' French stakes winner Asi Siempre, grade I-placed already in this country and coming in off an impressive score over the course earlier in the meet.

Bejarano Returns to Action Saturday

Rafael Bejarano, who was sidelined with a fractured ankle less than one week into the Saratoga meet, will return to racing this weekend. The 24-year-old jockey received clearance to begin galloping horses in Kentucky on Tuesday and worked several Wednesday morning.

Bejarano Injured in Gate Accident at Saratoga

Leading Kentucky rider Rafael Bejarano was injured in a starting gate accident at Saratoga prior to Monday's fifth race. While x-rays showed no breakage in his right foot, doctors stated that ligament damage is possible.

Sun King, High Limit Lead Leonard Richards Stakes

Graded stakes winners Sun King and High Limit highlight a tough, compact field of seven in Saturday's $300,000 Leonard Richards Stakes (gr. III) at Delaware Park. The 1 1/16-mile contest marks the first start for the duo since finishing fourth and fifth, respectively, in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I).

Don't Get Mad Heads Northern Dancer Field

A field of seven 3-year-olds passed the entry box for Saturday's $200,000 Northern Dancer Breeders' Cup Stakes on Churchill Downs' Stephen Foster (gr. I) Day card. Derby Trial Stakes winner over the strip Don't Get Mad, and WinStar Farm's Unbridled Energy top the field set to run 1 1/16 miles.

Round Pond Ready for Acorn

Round Pond, who has been out of action since winning the April 15 Fantasy Stakes (gr. II) at Oaklawn Park, highlights a solid field of six 3-year-old fillies entered in Saturday's $250,000 Acorn (gr. I), going one mile at Belmont Park.

Nine Draw In For Pimlico's Sir Barton

A field of nine 3-year-olds passed the entry box for Saturday's Sir Barton Stakes on the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) undercard at Pimlico Race Course. Highweight Killenaule, third in last year's Remsen Stakes (gr. II) behind winner Rockport Harbor, and undefeated Pinpoint, under the second-high impost, lead the field.

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