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