Bejarano rides 3,000th winner at Hollywood Park
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP)
Rafael Bejarano won the first race aboard Ondine at Betfair Hollywood Park, giving the jockey his 3,000th career victory.
Ondine won by 3 3/4 lengths for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert on Saturday. Bejarano leads the jockeys' standings at the spring-summer meet, where he won the riding title last year.
''Nobody can get to 3,000 that easy and I'm really honored to be here,'' Bejarano said.
The 30-year-old jockey from Peru rode his first winner in his first race on Dec. 8, 2001, at Hipodomo de Monterrico in Lima.
Bejarano has won 571 races at Hollywood Park, where he first began riding in 2007.