• The week’s significant milestones
7,142 Perry Ouzts
USA: The redoubtable Perry Ouzts has climbed a place to sixth on the all-time list for winners in North America.
Known as the ‘Ironman’, the 66-year-old rode the 7,142nd winner of his career on the Michael Evans-trained Wine Me Up Baby in a 6f two-year-old maiden on the dirt at Belterra Park on Friday [Oct 9] to overtake Chris McCarron.
North American career victories: the top ten
Arkansas-born Ouzts’s first ride (and win) came on Rablu at Beulah Park in Columbus, Ohio, 1973. According to Equibase, as of Friday, he had 76 victories from 411 starts in 2020; he has had more than 51,000 mounts altogether.
He became only the seventh rider to partner 7,000 career winners (in America and Canada) at Belterra Park in September 2018 and leads among active jockeys, although Edgar Prado is close behind.
GB: Last year’s spectacular champion two-year-old Pinatubo was retired on Friday [Oct 9].
The Godolphin homebred’s official rating for a dazzling juvenile season was 128 – the highest two-year-old rating for 25 years since Celtic Swing’s 130 in 1994. He was 10lb clear of the next best.
After going unbeaten through his six races as a juvenile, the Charlie Appleby-trained son of Shamardal was unable to hit quite the same heights at three, though he added another G1 to his CV in the Prix Jean Prat at Deauville in July. He was placed in each of his three other starts in 2020, all of them at G1 level.
At the time of his retirement, Pinatubo was number 21 in the world according to Thoroughbred Racehorse Commentary’s global rankings. His best official rating this year is 122.
France: Arc winner Sottsass has received an official rating of 123 for his victory in Europe’s richest race, after which he was retired to Coolmore.
The rating, which mirrors his number for coming third in 2019, just about sneaks him at the bottom of the world’s Top Ten for 2020, which is led by Ghaiyyath on 130 – 4lb clear of second-rated Palace Pier.
A Timeform rating of 127 is higher than only Solemia (123 in 2012) and Enable (126 in 2018) since the turn of the century. It should be noted that Timerform ratings are not directly comparable to official ratings inasmuch as they tend to be roughly 3lb higher overall.
2,000 John Velazquez
USA: John Velazquez, the leading rider of all-time in North America in prize-money terms, rode his 2,000th winner at Belmont Park on two-year-old debutante Malathaat in Race 4 on Friday [Oct 9].
“New York has been home to me for 30 years and to put up a number like this is big,” said Velazquez, 48. He named Rags To Riches’ victory over Curlin in an epic Belmont Stakes clash in 2007 as his most cherished victory at the venue.
USA: A three-digit Beyer speed figure is considered the mark of a high-class performance in North America. McKinzie, who was retired on Wednesday [Oct 7], recorded 11 of them in a career featuring four G1 victories for trainer Bob Baffert.
“From day one, McKinzie has just been exceptional,” Baffert said. “He is a gorgeous physical with brilliant speed and stamina. I’ve only had one other horse in my career that has been able to accomplish what he’s done by winning a G1 at two, three and four. It takes an extraordinary horse to achieve that.”
The son of Street Sense will stand at Gainesway Farm near Lexington.
2,000 Taichi Nagamori
Japan: Jockey Taichi Nagamori reached the career milestone of 2,000 winners when he won the seventh at Kochi on Sunday [Oct 11]. The 33-year-old rider, who operates on the second-tier National Association of Racing circuit, promptly dedicated his victory to his mother, whose birthday it was.