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4,000 Wins To US Jockey Valenzuela
US jockey Patrick Valenzuela recorded his 4,000th North American winner when 5YO mare Burst Of Light scored by 2-lengths over 8 furlongs on turf at Louisiana Downs, reported thoroughbredtimes.com. Valenzuela, 45, has been a controversial figure throughout his career & "has been suspended or denied a riding licence for a total of 82 months"; most recently the California Horse Racing Board last month ruled him "permanently ineligible to ride in California". Overall Valenzuela's 25,895 mounts have also notched 3,951 runners-up & 3,339 3rd-placings for US$150,390,125 earnings. His 202 graded-stakes victories include Sunday Silence in the 1989 Gr1 Kentucky Derby & Gr1 Preakness Stakes, plus 7 Gr1 Breeders' Cup races.