10/06/2017 11:26AM

Roman streaks to top of standings with four-win day

Shigeki Kikkawa
Evin Roman (above) leads the Santa Anita jockey standings by one win over Drayden Van Dyke and Flavien Prat.

ARCADIA, Calif. – After a quiet opening week of the Santa Anita autumn meeting, apprentice jockey Evin Roman had a breakthrough day Thursday, recording four wins on a single program for the third time this year.

Roman won Thursday’s first race with South Americain ($44), the fourth with Getoffmyback ($65.80), the fifth with Wonderful Lie ($7.80), and the eighth with Reverend Al ($8.40).

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The four-win day moved Roman into first in the standings with five wins, one more than Drayden Van Dyke and Flavien Prat. Roman had one win from 17 mounts from Sept. 29 through Oct. 1, the first three days of the season.

The 19-year-old Roman, who had his first win in January in Puerto Rico, has been a star apprentice this year, tying with Prat for the riding title at the Santa Anita spring-summer meeting and winning titles at the Los Alamitos meetings in July and September.

Jockeys have won four races on a program nine times this year in Southern California. Prat has done it four times, most recently on Sept. 30, and Rafael Bejarano and Brayan Pena have each done it once.