Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita picks for Thursday, May 22

In case you missed it, Joe Ferrer, injured jockey Rafael Bejarano’s agent, told Steve Andersen of the Daily Racing Form that Bejarano was targeting a return to action for the final weekend of the Santa Anita meet (June 27-29).

Bejarano suffered rib, collarbone and clavicle injuries. He had surgery last week and is finally home.

You gotta love the quote Ferrer told Andersen.

“The rib will heal before the collarbone, which will take the longest to heal,” Ferrer said. “These guys recover fast; they’re in such good shape.”

Hey, Joe, just let Rafael return when he is ready, not when you are ready to start collecting a paycheck, again.

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FIRST RACE: 1. Seduire, 2. Enchanting Lady, 3. Yes She’s a Dancer. LONG SHOT: No Maybe Baby.

The high-priced 2-year-olds are beginning to enter the starting gate. This daughter of Elusive Quality cost $130,000 and has some works on the tab for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. Jockey Corey Nakatani takes the ride. ENCHANTING LADY cost $650,000 and is trained by Bob Baffert. She has some big works and looks ready to go from the outside post as Martin Garcia will ride.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Lakota Road, Euroclydon, 3. Quay Factor. LONG SHOT: Hansarella.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Gladding, 2. Kate’s Event, 3. Giant Ego. LONG SHOT: 1. Sheer Talent.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Jack Diz, 2. Stadtpark, 3. This Cat’s Awesome. LONG SHOT: Broadcaster.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Charissa, 2. Tough Business, 3. Chain Lightning. LONG SHOT: Here Comes Bobbie.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Julio’s Gold (best bet), 2. Secret Genius, 3. Addendum. LONG SHOT: Woebegone.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Prayer Be Mine, 2. Sea John’s Spirit, 3. Queen of the Hill. LONG SHOT: Little But Lucky.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Kadesha, 2. Star Act, 3. Burning Arch. LONG SHOT: Nero’s Pleasure.

This 4-year-old filly KADESHA makes her career debut going long on the grass. She was bred in France and her mother and father were both Irish. That screams grass. Trainer Bob Hess Jr. and jockey Kent Desormeaux hit with a first-timer last weekend and try to do the same here.

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Horse racing, Santa Anita

No ‘official’ word on Bejarano’s return

According to a Santa Anita spokesman, there is no word on when jockey Rafael Bejarano will return to riding following a horrible breakdown 10 days ago.

“We have not been able to get any official word,” said Mike Willman, head of the track’s publicity department, on Sunday in an email response about the jockey’s status.

Willman said due to HPPA regulations, which protect patients, it has been difficult to get word on Bejarano, who is the perennial Southern California riding champion.

Unofficially, Bejarano supposedly suffered a broken collarbone, two broken bones in his shoulder and four broken ribs. Bejarano supposedly had surgery last Wednesday.

The jockey has been seen in several photos on Twitter (@JoeTalamo and @LosPonies) from his hospital bed, appearing to be in good spirits despite the injuries.

The Los Angeles Times reported on May 12 that Bejarano would be out four to six weeks, according to Joe Ferrer, Bejarano’s agent.

According to Willman, Bejarano had not been released from the hospital, as of Sunday.

A natural return might be for the start of the Del Mar race meet in mid-July, but jockeys, with some prodding from their agents, are known to come back early from injuries because they don’t get paid unless they are riding.

In Bejarano’s absence, veteran jockey Kent Desormeaux appears to be picking up some more mounts upon his return to Southern California. Desormeaux won with a pair first-time starters on Sunday. Also jockey Elvis Trujillo was expected to move his tack from Gulfstream Park to Arcadia after May 26, but he is named on horses Thursday and Friday at Santa Anita. Tom Knust is set to be Trujillo’s agent.

Here’s hoping Bejarano makes a speedy and full recovery and that his fans receive some “official” word soon on how the jockey is doing and when he is expected back.

@Jeff_Nahill on Twitter

Sunday’s top choice winners: 2 (Let Faith Arise $3, eighth race; Dirty Blonde $11.60, 10th)

Sunday’s second choice winners: 1 (Tiz the Key $4.40, second)

Sunday’s third choice winners: 0

Sunday’s long show winners: 4 (Prodigious $23, third; Sweetrayofsunshine $6.20, fourth; Husband’s Folly $6, seventh; Home Run Kitten $4.60, ninth)

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