11/09/2005 12:00AM

Bejarano to be here, there, and everywhere


LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Rafael Bejarano, who during the last two winters has dominated the jockey standings at his track of choice, will travel extensively after the Churchill Downs fall meet ends Nov. 26 before riding regularly for the first time at the Gulfstream Park meet that begins Jan. 4.

Two winters ago, Bejarano virtually broke all records at Turfway Park at the 2003-04 holiday and winter-spring meets. And last winter, Bejarano was the leading rider at Aqueduct in New York before leaving about a month before the meet ended.

Bejarano, 23, led all jockeys in North America in wins last year with 455. He is the fourth-leading jockey in earnings this year with more than $13.2 million. Over the last several meets at Churchill and Keeneland, he has established himself as the top jockey in Kentucky, and got his first Breeders' Cup victory two weeks ago, riding Intercontinental to an upset in the Filly and Mare Turf.

Bejarano's agent, Joe Ferrer, said Bejarano will travel Nov. 29 to Japan for an international riding competition on Dec. 3-4. Bejarano and Edgar Prado will represent Peru in the event.

Bejarano will ride at Calder on Dec. 10 and 17, then travel to Peru to be with his family until Dec. 30, when he will ride the last few days of the Calder meet. His decision to ride at Gulfstream is another breakthrough of sorts, since it will be the first time he will ride at what is widely regarded as the premier winter meet in the Eastern United States.

Asi Siempre among top Mrs. Revere candidates

Asi Siempre and My Typhoon are among the top prospects for the $150,000 Mrs. Revere Stakes, the Grade 2 turf race for 3-year-old fillies that leads off the stakes racing here this weekend.

Asi Siempre, trained by Patrick Biancone, is entered off a narrow victory as a heavy favorite in the Grade 3 Valley View Stakes at Keeneland. My Typhoon, who will bring the most impressive pedigree into the race (she is by Giant's Causeway out of the winner of the 1994 Arc de Triomphe, Urban Sea), is a consistent filly who won the Virginia Oaks in July.

Others likely to start in the Mrs. Revere, a 1 1/16-mile turf race, include Be Envied, Invitational, Isla Cozzene, Manila Fudge, Thatswhatimean, and Winning Season. One notable possibility is Sweet Talker, who sold for $1.15 million at the Keeneland sales Wednesday.

Streaking T.D. Vance looks best

T.D. Vance looks like the probable favorite when he brings three straight stakes wins into the Sunday feature, the $150,000 Commonwealth Turf, the male counterpart to the Mrs. Revere.

T.D. Vance, trained by Graham Motion, enters the 1 1/16-mile race off consecutive wins in the July 16 Toronto Cup at Woodbine, the Aug. 8 Hall of Fame at Saratoga, and the Oct. 13 Bryan Station at Keeneland.

Other 3-year-olds likely to be in this second running of the Commonwealth Turf include Cosmic Kris, Drum Major, Dynamic Storm, Greater Good, Sky Conqueror, Spring House, and Therecomesatiger.

Lt. governor calls for assembly to address slots

In the aftermath of the Sunday tornado that leveled much of Ellis Park, the lieutenant governor of Kentucky, Steve Pence, has reiterated his advocacy of some form of alternative gaming at state racetracks.

Pence told the Louisville Courier-Journal on Tuesday that he hoped the tornado would help spur the state's General Assembly "to at least address the issue" at the 2006 legislative session that begins in January. Slots at racetracks has been a simmering back-burner issue for years in Kentucky. Gov. Ernie Fletcher long has maintained a neutral stance on the issue.

Count Gotaghostofachance in Clark

Trainer Roger Stein has informed Churchill officials of his intention to run Gotaghostofachance in the Nov. 25 Clark Handicap. Gotaghostofachance won the Grade 3 Sport Page Handicap on the Oct. 29 Breeders' Cup undercard at Belmont Park in his last start.

Gotaghostofachance joins a list of Clark hopefuls that already includes Perfect Drift, Suave, Alumni Hall, and A.P. Arrow.

* Jockey Calvin Borel escaped injury when Seeking the Storm, his mount in the last race Tuesday, broke down nearing the quarter pole. Seeking the Storm, a 2-year-old Cape Town colt making his first start, was owned by Mike Sheehan and trained by Bob DeSensi. The colt had to be euthanized. "He might have been the best horse I ever owned," said a shaken Sheehan, who won the 1996 Stephen Foster Handicap with Tenants Harbor.

* If the fields at the fall meet seem huge so far, well, it's no optical illusion. Through the first seven of 21 racing days, fields are averaging 10.3 horses per race, a big number by any standard. "We're extremely pleased so far," said racing secretary Doug Bredar.

* Music School, the Neil Howard-trained colt who made a favorable impression in a July maiden victory, returned to Churchill on Wednesday. The 2-year-old colt, a three-quarter brother to 2003 Horse of the Year Mineshaft, had been in light training at the Thoroughbred Training Center in Lexington after undergoing surgery to remove an ankle chip.