INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Dec. 11, 2009) — Joel Rosario equaled the Hollywood Park record originally set by the great Bill Shoemaker in 1953 with six wins on a soggy afternoon Friday at The Track of Lakes and Flowers.
Rosario, a 24-year-old native of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, connected with his six remaining mounts after finishing second in the first race on the eight-race program. Cadillac, his scheduled mount in the seventh race, was scratched Friday morning.
Rosario won five consecutive races, sat out the seventh, and then rode eighth-race winner Stockings to stretch his personal streak to six straight victories. The six-pack boosted his total to 31 wins through 21 days of the 27-day Autumn Meet. He leads the standings by eight wins over Rafael Bejarano.
“The first time I do this in my life,” Rosario said. “I won five before and was second and third, but now six, so I am very happy. I feel great, not many jockeys do that, so I am very happy for this.
“I always like my horses,” he added “You ride your horses, I don’t care if they are 99-1 or even money, we have a chance to win.”
Rosario’s wins came on Pick To Click ($6.80), Yankee Romance ($2.60), Madeline Ruby ($6.40), A Clever Ten ($5.40), Free Lunch ($3.20) and Stockings ($3.40). He rode each winner in the Pick Six with the exception of Hunch in the seventh race. With more than 1,000 perfect tickets, the Pick Six payoff was a mere $80.80.
Shoemaker set the Hollywood Park record of six wins with eight mounts on June 20, 1953, and also clicked with six of seven mounts on June 24, 1970. Laffit Pincay Jr. rode six winners with nine mounts on April 27, 1968, and Kent Desormeaux rode six winners with ten mounts on July 3, 1992.
Rosario twice rode five winners at the 2009 Spring/Summer Meet, while Bejarano did so once while setting a Hollywood Park record for stakes wins on a program as his five came on Gold Rush Day when all races are stakes.
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