Joel Rosario and Rafael Bejarano, who began the day tied atop the Del Mar jockey standings with 47 victories apiece, have each won once today through the first six races to remain deadlocked.
Rosario, the defending Del Mar riding champ, won the third race aboard Tales in Excess for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer to temporarily pull one ahead of Bejarano, but the lead was short lived.
Bejarano, who won the 2008 Del Mar title en route to becoming only the third jockey along with Chris McCarron (1983) and Patrick Valenzuela (2003) to sweep the Southland’s five major meets, came back an hour later and won the fifth race aboard the Vladimir Cerin-trained Movie Duty.
Both riders have mounts in today’s four remaining races.
Rosario: 7th, Pulpit Magic, 4-1; 8th, Avid, 7-2; 9th, Gallatin’s Run, 3-1; 10th, Princess Beau K, 5-1.
Bejarano: 7th, Dreamed to Dream, 3-1; 8th, Wickedly Perfect, 3-1; 9th, Nextdoorneighbor, 7-2; 10th, Snovember, 5-2.