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Acosta Reaches 2,500-Win Mark With Victory In Second Race
LAUREL, MD. 09-28-13---J.D. Acosta visited the winners’ circle for the 2,500th time in his career when he guided Haywired to victory in the second race at Laurel Park Saturday afternoon.
“When you ride day and night the wins add up,” Acosta said.
Acosta, who will turn 32 next Thursday, has been riding day (Maryland) and night (Charles Town) since arriving from Puerto Rico in April 2002.
“I have had a goal in mind since attending jockey school and that was to pass Cordero (Hall of Fame rider Angel Cordero, Jr.) in wins. I know it is crazy because he has more than 7,000 victories but if I continue to work a little harder, it could happen. I am planning to start riding seven days a week-here and at Parx-instead of riding at night. It should make me fresher. Winning this many races is quite an accomplishment because there are riders that have been around for 30 years and have not reached 1,000 so I thank God, my family and all the trainers for all the support. ”
Acosta added another win aboard Lulu Le’ Mon in the fifth race before heading to Charles Town where he had five mounts. He will ride at Parx Monday and Tuesday before returning to Laurel Wednesday afternoon.
· in 2008, finished third nationally in wins with a career-best 322 first place finishes and $6 million in earnings
· captured three stakes aboard Sweet Goodbye during the 2010 winter meeting, including the Barbara Fritchie
· primary rider for Rapid Redux during his record-setting 2011 season, riding seven of the 19 victories, including
the October 27 and December 13 scores at Laurel Park
· aboard Call of a Lion for all seven of her 2011 victories, including the Maryland Million Distaff Starter
· rode first domestic winner aboard Right Decision at Pimlico Race Course on April 14, 2002
· has been a top five jockey in Charles Town colony since 2003
· leading rider at Timonium in 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2013
About Laurel Park
Laurel Park is a Stronach Group company, North America’s leading Thoroughbred racetrack owner/operator. The Stronach Group racetracks include Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park & Casino, Golden Gate Fields, Portland Meadows, Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course, home of the world-famous Preakness. The company owns and operates the Palm Meadows Training Center in Florida and is one of North America's top race horse breeders through its award-winning Adena Springs operation. The Stronach Group is one of the world's largest suppliers of pari-mutuel wagering systems, technologies and services. Its companies include AmTote, a global leader in wagering technology; Xpressbet, an Internet and telephone account wagering service; and Monarch Content Management, which acts as a simulcast purchase and sales agent of horseracing content for numerous North American racetracks and wagering outlets. The Stronach Group is also a major producer of televised horse racing programming through its HRTV cable and satellite network and is North America's premier supplier of virtual online horse racing games, as well as a leading producer of social media content for the horseracing industry.