Rafael Bejerano has been dominant as the leading jockey at Santa Anita. He continued his winning ways with a powerful win aboard Bourbon Bay in the Grade II San Luis Obispo Handicap. The Grade II race was run over 1 1/2 miles in distance and Bourbon Bay streaked home to a 4 1/4 length victory.
The pace for the Grade II event was not a fast one. The Argentinian bred, Sudden War, set slow fractions early on. Bejerano had Bourbon Bay, a 4-year-old gelding, sitting behind the pacesetter until they entered the stretch. Once Bourbon Bay made his move for the lead,he showed a fast turn of foot and cruised to a very nice win. "With the fractions we had, you have to have a lot of horse (to catch the pacesetter), but when you're on the best horse, it makes it easy." Bejerano said after the race.
Neil Drysdale trains Bourbon Bay and had this distance race in mind all along. "When we purchased him, we purchased him with the idea that he'd be a mile and a half horse, so he's lived up to it to date." Drysdale said. Drysdale also trains the veteran, Obrigado, who showed very little finishing out of the money.
The marathon distance divison has lacked depth on the West Coast for years. Bourbon Bay's win marks him as one to look out for in the division.