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5,000 Wins To US Trainer Scott Lake
In the US, trainer Scott Lake "made history, becoming the 6th trainer in North American racing to win 5,000 races", when Communicator led all-the-way to score at Laurel Park in Maryland, reported bloodhorse.com. Only Dale Baird (9,445), Jack Van Berg (6,405), King Leatherbury (6,313), Jerry Hollendorfer (5,830) & Steve Asmussen (5,684) have recorded more US victories. Lake, 45, won his 1st race at Penn National in June 1987; he has subsequently topped the Maryland (Laurel Park & Pimlico) standings in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 & 2009 & will be 2nd in 2010. From 2000-2009, Lake finished 1st or 2nd nationally in wins each year (leading in 2000, 2001, 2003 & 2006). He ranks 9th this year with 191 winners "after down-sizing his barn from 287 horses at 8 different tracks to 70 runners at 2 locations". Overall Lake's 22,236 starters have earned more than US$92.5 million prize-money.