03/13/2004 12:00AM

Record-setting rides for Bejarano


After setting one riding record at Turfway on Friday, jockey Rafael Bejarano followed it with another on Saturday.

Bejarano, the nation's winningest rider, established a single-day riding record at Turfway Park on Friday evening, winning seven of the track's 12 races. His achievement broke the previous mark of six wins, shared by several riders but first set by Kris Prather in 2001, according to track officials.

Then on Saturday, Bejarano surpassed the winter/spring meet record for most victories. As of 6 p.m. Eastern, he had won four races, including the $50,000 Prairie Bayou Stakes, giving him 113 for the meet. With nearly three weeks of the meet remaining, he surpassed the previous record of 111 winners, established by Jason Lumpkins last year.

Bejarano rode Ask the Lord to victory in the $50,000 Prairie Bayou, giving his mount a perfect, stalking trip. He rated him in fourth, as Play it Out set a moderate early pace of 23.92 seconds, 48.14, and 1:12.06 for the 1 1/8-mile race. Leaving the turn, Ask the Lord began to gain ground on the leading trio along the inside, and rolled to victory in the stretch.

Collateral Damage rallied late for second, 2 1/4 lengths behind the winner. Play it Out faded to finish another 1 3/4 lengths back in third.

Ask the Lord, trained by Bernie Flint, raced 1 1/8 miles on a fast track in 1:49.82 and paid $3.20. He won for the fourth time in five starts since being claimed for L.T.B. Inc. and R.A. Williams for $62,500 at Churchill Downs on Oct. 26. Three of those victories have come in Turfway stakes.