Between them, jockeys Joel Rosario
Bejarano have won every riding title at a major meet in Southern
California since 2008. However, in search of their first triumph
in the Run for the Roses, each will ride long shots in the 137th
running of the $2 million Kentucky Derby (Grade I) presented by Yum! Brands.
Rosario will be a much shorter price than Bejarano in his second time
Speed (ranked No. 17 on Horse Racing Nation’s 2011 Kentucky Derby Contenders list), who he guided to a last
to first victory at 19-to-1 in the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (Grade I).
“I’d never been with the horse before and it’s the first
time I ride for the trainer,” said Rosario.
“I have to say thank you to them for giving me the chance to ride.”
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