05/01/2011 9:50AM

Bejarano gets Kentucky Derby mount on Watch Me Go

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Luis Garcia has been riding Watch Me Go, including when he upset the Tampa Bay Derby at 43-1, but Rafael Bejarano will have the mount in Saturday's Kentucky Derby.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Trainer Kathleen O’Connell confirmed Sunday morning that jockey Rafael Bejarano will have the mount in the 137th Kentucky Derby on longshot Watch Me Go.

Bejarano, a former Churchill Downs riding champion who has become a top jockey in Southern California, replaces Luis Garcia, who rode Watch Me Go in his last five starts, including a 43-1 upset in the Tampa Bay Derby. Watch Me Go most recently was sixth as the favorite in the April 9 Illinois Derby.

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O’Connell had planned to have Watch Me Go work Sunday at Churchill but delayed the move by one day because of the inclement weather.