Corey Nakatani

Jockey Evin Roman a fast study in the saddle

Jockey Evin Roman a fast study in the saddle

The Hall of Fame names are all around him in the Del Mar jockey’s room. Gary Stevens, Mike Smith, Kent Desormeaux, Victor Espinoza. The stars of today are there as well, such as last year’s riding co-champions Rafael Bejarano and Flavien Prat.

Yet the 19-year-old wunderkind lines up right beside them all and continues to flourish. Evidently what surprisingly took place just this past meeting at Santa Anita was no fluke. Evin Roman already has proven he belongs.

After becoming the first apprentice to win a riding title in Arcadia in 68 years when he shared the jockey championship with Prat, Roman is already leading the pack early this season at Del Mar. He scored his ninth...