Rafael Bejarano just won his fourth California Gold Rush race in six tries today, riding 9-1 shot Pretty Unusual to a come-from-behind victory in the $200,000 Melair Stakes at Hollywood Park.
Bejarano has been on a tear the whole meet so far, winning 11 races as he tries for his record seventh consecutive SoCal riding title. He and Chris McCarron share the record of six consecutive since Hollywood Park began its autumn meet in 1981, giving Southern California five major race meets during the year. Bejarano, McCarron and Patrick Valenzuela are the only jockeys to sweep all five in one year.
As hot as Bejarano’s been, that’s as cold as Garrett Gomez is today. He’s ridden in five of the six races and finished off the board in all five. In fact, he’s finished fifth or lower with all of his mounts. Just shows that even the best riders have an off day now and then.