• The week’s significant milestones
9,000 Steve Asmussen
USA: Steve Asmussen became only the second trainer in US racing history to train 9,000 winners in North America on Friday [Sept 18] when Troy Ounce won the second race at Remington Park in Oklahoma.
2,000 Kerrin McEvoy
Australia: Popular Aussie pilot Kerrin McEvoy rode his 2,000th winner on the impressive Classique Legend in The Shorts for octogenarian trainer Les Bridge at Randwick on Saturday [Sept 19].
The sprinter will now target the fourth running of the Everest, the world’s richest turf race, at the Sydney venue on October 17.
McEvoy, 39, won the first two editions on Redzel in 2017 and 2018; he also has three Melbourne Cup wins to his name (Brew 2000, Almandin 2016 and Cross Counter 2018). He won many friends in Europe during a long spell as Frankie Dettori’s deputy at Godolphin, winning the St Leger on Rule Of Law (2004).
6 Joao Moreira
Hong Kong: After losing out to Zac Purton in the 2019-20 title race, Joao Moreira has started the current season in flying form.
On Sunday [Sept 20], the ‘Magic Man’ had his most prolific day’s racing since his record-setting haul of eight in March 2017 with a six-timer at Sha Tin.
With 959 Hong Kong wins, the Brazilian marvel is fourth on the all-time list. He already has 14 winners in 2020-21 – putting him six ahead of Purton and Karis Teetan, who both went winless on Sunday.
“It’s just the beginning of the season, we have so much to look forward to and I don’t want to put the premiership in my mind,” said Moreira, 36. “I want to concentrate on these good horses and hopefully I am on board some nice ones when we get closer to December.”
6,000 TD Houghton
USA: TD (Terry) Houghton became the 20th jockey to reach the 6,000-winner mark in North America at Thistledown on Thursday [Sept 15] when he rode odds-on favourite My Bets to a 5½-length victory in a $20,000 maiden.
According to Equibase statistics, only five active riders have won more races, namely Perry Ouzts, Edgar Prado, Mario Pino, John Velazquez, and Kent Desormeaux.
Born in 1970, Houghton has won leading rider titles at Detroit, Tampa Bay, Mountaineer, Pinnacle and Mahoning Valley.
He has ridden in more than 37,000 races, recording more than 300 winners on four occasions.
5 Peter Schiergen
Germany: Peter Schiergen, the five-time champion jockey turned multiple champion trainer, won the Deutsches St Leger for the fifth time on Sunday [Sept 21] when Lukas Delozier partnered the four-year-old Quian to victory at Dortmund.
Best known for the exploits of Arc/King George winner Danedream, 55-year-old Schiergen has also landed Germany’s final Classic – a G3 event worth €55,000 – with Win For Us (1999), El Tango (2005, 2007) and Schiaparelli (2006).
100 Oisin Murphy
GB: Champion jockey Oisin Murphy reached the century for 2020 with his victory aboard The Kodi Kid at Bath on Monday September 14.
Murphy, 25, reached the landmark in 539 rides – five fewer than his 2019 championship campaign.
After 36 winners in August, he has a healthy lead in the title race with 105 winners – 29 clear of William Buick and Tom Marquand, tied for second on 86 (as of Sunday night).