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Bejarano chooses Turning Top for Santa Barbara

Updated: April 13, 2011, 11:40 PM ET
By Steve Andersen | Daily Racing Form

ARCADIA, Calif. -- Jockey Rafael Bejarano rode Malibu Pier to a victory in the Grade 2 Santa Ana Stakes at Santa Anita last month but will ride the runner-up from that race, Turning Top, in Saturday's $150,000 Santa Barbara Handicap.

Bejarano's decision stunned Carla Gaines, who trains Malibu Pier for Spendthrift Farm.

"No one gives my horse any credit," she said Wednesday. Regarding Bejarano, she said, "He's pretty much my stable jockey."

In the Grade 2 Santa Barbara, ...

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