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Leatherbury Ties, Passes Van Berg For Fourth On All-Time Win List
LAUREL, MD. 01-18-14---King Leatherbury tied and passed Hall of Fame trainer Jack Van Berg for fourth on the all-time win list with a pair of victories Saturday afternoon at Laurel Park.
Leatherbury got win 6,417 when Toni With an I ($11.20) emergedvictorious in the fourth. Three races later, Princess Appeal ($7.60) got up in the final jumps to allow the 80-year-old conditioner to move into sole possession of the spot with career victory 6,418. Apprentice Trevor McCarthy rode both winners.
“It is great,” Leatherbury said. “The wins added up over the years. We have only had the one division the entire time, which makes it even more remarkable.”
Only the late Dale Baird (9,445 wins), Steve Asmussen (6,644) and Jerry Hollendorfer (6,569) have more career victories. Scott Lake ranks sixth, nearly 1,000 winners (5,424) behind Leatherbury and Van Berg.
In the mid 1970’s, Leatherbury had four consecutive 300-win campaigns and was the nation’s leading conditioner in 1977 and 1978. He finished in the top three for six straight years (1975-1980).
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.