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Bejarano, Sadler Win Jockey, Trainer Titles

Jockey Rafael Bejarano signs autographs the day before the Preakness

Rafael Bejarano moved atop the jockey standings by winning four of the first six races in the second day of the meeting and stayed there throughout en route to his second consecutive Del Mar riding title and the third of his career.

The 31-year old Peruvian finished the 37-day season with 46 victories, compared to 52 in 2012. His victory margin of 19 over Martin Garcia was compared to the nine over Joe Talamo in 2012.

The race for second wasn't determined until the final day. Although he was blanked on closing day, Garcia’s 28 wins were one more than Victor Espinoza, who had three wins in the finale. Talamo and Julien Leparoux tied for fourth with 25.

Leparoux, in his first full season at Del Mar, was the top stakes rider with seven victories, the clinchers coming aboard Diamond Bachelor in the Oak Tree Juvenile Turf Stakes and Tamarando in the Del Mar Futurity on closing day.

John Sadler started the meeting with two wins from his first 23 starters, moved into a tie with Bob Baffert atop the trainer standings with 10 wins from 48 starters through 10 days, assumed the lead with one win on Wednesday, July 31, and was never headed in recording his third Del Mar training title and first in four years.

The 57-year-old native of Long Beach, a Pasadena resident, notched 27 wins to outdistance Doug O'Neill (24) Baffert (23) and Jerry Hollendorfer (20). Defending champion Peter Miller was fifth with 16.

Sadler was also the top trainer for stakes victories with six. Among Sadler’s stakes highlights were victories by Kettle Corn in the San Diego Handicap, Vagabond Shoes in the Del Mar Handicap and Ethnic Dance in the second division of the Del Mar Derby, all Grade II events. Kettle Corn and stablemate You Know I Know were the 2-3 finishers in the Grade I $1 million TVG Pacific Classic.

Jockey Standings

(Current Through Wednesday, September 4, 2013 Inclusive)

Jockey

Mts

1st

2nd

3rd

Win%

Money Won

Rafael Bejarano

242

46

53

28

19%

$3,160,412

Martin Garcia

154

28

17

12

18%

$2,262,436

Edwin Maldonado

209

27

27

20

13%

$1,848,248

Victor Espinoza

165

27

25

22

16%

$2,168,118

Joseph Talamo

246

25

35

37

10%

$2,075,892

Julien Leparoux

137

25

11

21

18%

$2,025,932

Gary Stevens

79

18

9

8

23%

$1,387,166

Mario Gutierrez

124

16

15

14

13%

$946,994

Garrett Gomez

100

16

14

19

16%

$1,199,738

Corey Nakatani

127

15

14

20

12%

$1,342,652

 

Trainer Standings

(Current Through Wednesday, September 4, 2013 Inclusive)

Trainer

Sts

1st

2nd

3rd

Win%

Money Won

John W. Sadler

151

27

26

25

18%

$2,487,554

Doug F. O'Neill

137

24

22

25

18%

$1,508,144

Bob Baffert

99

23

13

10

23%

$2,157,088

Jerry Hollendorfer

94

20

13

9

21%

$1,562,834

Peter Miller

104

16

18

15

15%

$971,354

Mike R. Mitchell

66

13

9

10

20%

$785,304

Mike Puype

61

7

8

5

11%

$521,952

Vann Belvoir

38

7

3

3

18%

$180,140

Jeff Mullins

45

6

11

3

13%

$606,044

Jeff Bonde

40

6

6

5

15%

$488,846

 

 

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