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Newz Forum: OTHER: John Velazquez notches 3000th win

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posted on Jul, 29 2004 @ 01:38 PM
Saratoga Springs, NY (Sports Network) - Jockey John Velazquez has recorded his 3,000th career victory with a win in the second race Thursday at Saratoga Race Course.

The win was aboard Runingforpresident in a six furlong race for maidens.

Velazquez was the leading rider last year at Saratoga when he set a meet record of 61 victories. He has been the leading jockey in New York the last three calendar years.

This year, Velazquez has earned more than $9 million, which is currently sixth in the nation. The native of Puerto Rico is third in the country in total wins with 186.

In his career, Velazquez has earned better than $128 million. He began his riding career in Puerto Rico in 1990 and later that year moved to New York.

Immediately after the 32-year-old jockey posted the milestone victory, he came right back to win the third race at Saratoga.

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