• The week’s significant milestones
5,000 Todd Pletcher
USA: He may not have added to his Breeders’ Cup tally at Keeneland but Todd Pletcher still had cause for celebration over the weekend when he recorded the 5,000 victory of his career at Aqueduct on Friday [Nov 6].
The seven-time champion trainer achieved his landmark victory with Microsecond, who fittingly carried the silks of Pletcher’s longtime supporter Mike Repole to success in the seventh race at the New York venue.
“It would have been kind of cool to do it in a Breeders’ Cup race,” said Pletcher. “But we’ve always said that our goal when we get a horse in is to do the very best we can. So every win counts, and we’re happy to get it.”
Pletcher, 53, becomes the eighth trainer to reach 5,000 wins in North America – and he didn’t have to wait too long for No. 5,001 as Malathaat wired the field in the ninth.
2,000 Paul Hanagan
GB: Former champion jockey Paul Hanagan became the sixth current jockey to reach the 2,000-winner threshold when he partnered six-year-old Anif to victory in an all-weather handicap at Newcastle on Tuesday evening [Nov 3].
Hanagan, 40, joins weighing-room colleagues, Jim Crowley, Frankie Dettori, Ryan Moore, Joe Fanning and Jamie Spencer in reaching such a notable landmark.
“I’ve been very lucky,” said Hanagan, who won the jockeys’ title in 2010 and 2011 and rode Taghrooda to win the Oaks in 2014. “I think to ride a Classic winner, as a lad from Warrington that hadn’t had much racing background, there’s probably hope for everyone!”
100 Colin Keane
Ireland: Congratulations are in order to Colin Keane who has secured his second Irish jockeys’ title with a century of winners, coming from behind to overhaul Shane Foley in the closing weeks.
Keane, 26, celebrated in fine style by winning the Breeders’ Cup Turf on the Dermot Weld-trained Tarnawa. He won his first title in 2017, three years after he became stable jockey to Ger Lyons, for whom he rode his first Classic successes in 2020 in the Irish 2,000 Guineas (Siskin) and Oaks (Even So).
4,000 Makoto Okabe
Japan: Better late than never, as they say. So we’re a bit late on this one but we’ve got there in the end: Japanese jockey Makoto Okabe reached the 4,000-win landmark last month at Nagoya racecourse.
Okabe, 43, reached the milestone on the 22,052nd mount of a career dating back to his first ride in October 1977. Based on the second-tier NAR (National Association of Racing) circuit, he now has 4,019 victories to his name. He is the 12th rider in NAR history to ride 4,000 winners.
30,000 Kerrin McEvoy
Australia: The fine meted out to jockey Kerrin McEvoy for overuse of the whip on Melbourne Cup runner-up Tiger Moth has been reduced to A$30,000 (£16,600) from A$50,000 on appeal.
Three-time Cup-winning rider McEvoy pleaded guilty for hitting his mount 13 times before the final 100 metres of the race, which is eight more than the rules allow. He was also suspended for 13 meetings.
The Victorian Racing Tribunal judged the fine to be excessive compared to penalties for similar offences.