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4,000 Wins To US Jockey Velazquez
Dual US Eclipse Award-winning jockey John Velazquez recorded his 4,000th winner when 9YO gelding Rogue Agent scored by 6-lengths at Belmont Park in New York. The 4-time Eclipse Award-winning trainer Todd Pletcher (who has teamed with Velazquez to win more than 890 races, with 142 graded-stakes victories including both the weekend's Gr1 Clement Hirsch Memorial Turf Championship Stakes aboard Red Giant & Gr1 Yellow Ribbon Stakes on Wait A While at Santa Anita) told thoroughbredtimes.com: "It's a terrific milestone. It's the culmination of a lot of hard work & a lot of hard rides." Velazquez, 36 (a Puerto Rican native who now lives in New York) made his North American riding debut in 1990 & has earned 355 of his wins in graded-stakes races; overall his mounts have compiled US$213,458,043 earnings.