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Guidry hits 5,000 wins

May 18th, 07

By Byron King
Daily Racing Form

Jockey Mark Guidry recorded his 5,000th career victory in the first race on the Kentucky Oaks undercard at Churchill Downs Friday, riding Chippewa Trail to a half-length victory for trainer D. Wayne Lukas.

A jubilant Guidry pumped his fist galloping out his mount, and slapped hands with jockey Calvin Borel, who rode runner-up Copy My Notes. He then received congratulations from other jockeys in the winner's circle after the race.

Later on the card, Guidry got winner number 5,001 with Duveen in the Crown Royal American Turf.

Guidry, 47, became the 21st jockey to ride 5,000 winners in North America, according the statistics furnished by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association. At least one other rider, Gary Stevens, has also reached the 5,000-win milestone if overseas victories are included.

"It's been a long road," Guidry said of his career. "It will be 33 years in August."

At that time his career is set to end. He plans to retire this summer at Arlington Park in Chicago, where he has long ranked as one of that circuit's leading riders.

Guidry said the highlight of his career is not a particular race, but being awarded the George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award by his fellow riders in 2006. That award is given to a rider whose character reflects positively on racing.

Congratulations Mark!

PDJF

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