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Rafael Bejarano rides 4,000th winner at Santa Anita

2014 Breeder's Cup Dirt Mile

ARCADIA, CA - OCTOBER 31: Jockey Rafael Bejarano celebrates aboard Goldencents after winning the Dirt Mile during the 2014 Breeder’s Cup at Santa Anita Park on October 31, 2014, in Arcadia, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

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ARCADIA, Calif. -- Jockey Rafael Bejarano rode his 4,000th career winner at Santa Anita.

He guided filly Portal Creek to a 3 }-length victory in the third race Saturday for trainer Bob Hess Jr.

The 36-year-old Peruvian jockey says Santa Anita has always been a special place for him. He won six races at the Southern California track in his first day riding there on April 8, 2006.

Bejarano came to the U.S. in 2002 after training at a national riding academy in Peru. He led the U.S. in victories with 455 in 2004.

He has career purse earnings of $200,611,833 and five victories in the Breeders’ Cup.