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5,000 Wins To US Jockey Desormeaux
US jockey Kent Desormeaux "became the 23rd North American rider to earn 5,000 career victories" when he rode favoured 5YO mare Bella Attrice to a 2.25-lengths victory over 8 furlongs at Saratoga in New York for trainer Bruce Brown, reported thoroughbredtimes.com. Desormeaux, 38, has won 3 US Eclipse Awards during a riding career that began in 1986 at Evangeline Downs in Louisiana: he was named North America's outstanding apprentice rider in 1987 & added Eclipse Awards as outstanding jockey in 1989 & 1992. Desormeaux, Chris McCarron & Steve Cauthen are the only jockeys to win Eclipse Awards as both an apprentice & senior jockey. Desormeaux (who was also inducted into the US Racing Hall-Of-Fame in 2004) led all North American riders by wins in 1987, 1988 & 1989 (in the latter setting a North American record 599 victories). This year he won both the Gr1 Kentucky Derby & Gr1 Preakness Stakes on Big Brown.