Paco Lopez Scores 1,000th Career Win

OCEANPORT, N.J.- Jockey Paco Lopez reached an important milestone at Monmouth Park on Friday when he won the 1,000th race of his career.

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Lopez booted home Whitey’s Gold ($3.20) in the first race for trainer Bobby DiBona and accepted congratulations in a winner’s circle celebration afterward.

“It is really exciting,” said Lopez, 26, a native of Veracruz, Mexico who began riding in the United States at 21 and was Monmouth Park’s leading rider in 2010. “I’ve been riding for four years and am so happy to have this accomplishment. I hope to keep winning more races while getting to do what I love.”

Lopez won his first race at Calder Race Course on July 13, 2007 on the way to being that track’s leading rider at its summer meet that year. He made the Jersey Shore his summer and fall home for the first time in his career in 2009 and won the leading rider title at The Meadowlands. In 2010, he won the title at Gulfstream Park before taking the Monmouth honors with 113 victories.

Last season, he won six stakes races at Monmouth Park and this year he has already won six stakes with 22 racing days remaining in the meet. He currently ranks second in the standings at Monmouth and has won 110 races overall in 2012.

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  1. Thrilled for Paco. A huge milestone that doesn’t come easy. With a bit of racing luck we can help him add to his next thousand wins this Friday afternoon when my girlfriend’s horse Runaway Jim races in the seventh. We are thrilled to have Paco aboard. Hopefully when he looks at “Jim’s” lines he’ll notice he runs his best stalking and his worst when he goes to the front … oh and in case you’re wondering, he is not a fan of the rail when in the stretch.

    Go Paco Go … and Cory if you are around on Friday, and I can get there, I’d love to give you a copy of my book … featuring a lot about Runaway Jim 🙂 Email me if you’re around.

    To the next 1,000 for Paco!


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