Rafael Bejarano was born in Arequipa, Peru on 23 June 1982.
Bejarano attended the races as a youth, and developed an intense
passion for the sport. He enrolled in the Peruvian national riding
school, and in order to finance his tuition, he groomed the horses.
In 1999 after training for 1 and a half years, he began his professional
career in horse racing, receiving the apprentice title at Hippodromo
de Monterrico in Lima that same year.
With the assistance of trainer Dante Zanelli Sr., Bejarano
immigrated to Louisville, Kentucky, USA in May 2002, synching his
first win in the United States aboard John Bobby at River Downs in
|2004 was a bumper year
for him, winning the United States Champion Jockey, and seven races on a
single race card at Turfway Park in Florence, Kentucky, and led North
American jockeys with 455 wins.
2005 was to be a racing milestone year for him, winning the 1000th race
of his career at
Keeneland, placing him fourth by earnings in North
America. He also received titles at Churchill Downs, Turfway Park and Ellis
Park that year, and obtained his first Breeders' Cup win in the 2005
Filly & Mare Turf aboard Intercontinental. 2005 also saw him sustain
injuries in a freak starting gate accident at Saratoga, which left him
with a hairline fracture and ligament damage to his right ankle,
eliminating him from the races for nearly a month.
His injuries weren't going to keep him down for long, and in 2006, on
his second visit to Santa Anita, he was victorious with six races on the
card and five races at
In maintaining his eventful predecessor years, in 2007 at the
Stakes aboard Dominican, Bejarano took the win from underneath the 2006
U.S. Champion hooves, Street Sense. He also claimed the victory at his
second Breeders' Cup win aboard Ginger Punch at Distaff.
- Notable Wins
2002 - River Downs - John Bobby
2004 - Churchill - Colonial Colony
2005 - Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf - Intercontinental
2005 - Keeneland - Northern Vacation
2007 - Blue Grass Stakes - Dominican
2007 - Breeders' Cup Distaff - Ginger Punch
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