Midway through today’s closing 10-race program at Del Mar, Joel Rosario and Rafael Bejarano have swept the card. Rosario’s won three times, Bejarano has won twice and the two are tied 56-56 in the race for the riding title.
Rosario is the defending Del Mar champ, but Bejarano has won eight of the past 12 major Southland meets since relocating here full time at the beginning of 2008. The two have dominated the local scene during the past 2 1/2 years, just as they are doing this summer at Del Mar.
Next up is the sixth race. Rosario’s original mount in the sixth, Wild and Gotaway, was scratched but he picked up a mount, She’sawontontomato, when Martin Pedroza was excused from riding the card because of a sore neck. Bejarano is aboard Warren’s Natalie for trainer Jorge Gutierrez.
Ten minutes before post, Rosario’s mount is at 4-1 and Bejarano is 7-1.
Both Bejarano and Rosario have mounts in the remaining four races, and it appears this race is going to go right down to the final race of the meet.