• The week’s significant milestones, facts and figures
7,154 Perry Ouzts
USA: Move over Iron Man, because Ironman’s come to get you! Perry ‘Ironman’ Ouzts, that is, who moved into tenth position on the worldwide all-time chart with the 7,154th success of his long career on Larry Smith-trained Till Then at Turfway Park on Wednesday [March 10].
That victory in a one-mile allowance contest on the all-weather took 66-year-old Ouzts one ahead of Japan’s Tatemi Sasaki – who was also known as the ‘Iron Man’ in his native country.
According to Equibase statistics, Ouzts has ridden in a total of 51,761 races (as of Sunday). With ten winners in 2021, he is sixth on the US all-time list, led by Russell Baze (12,842). World leader is Brazilian legend Jorge Ricardo (13,069).
Saudi Arabia: With an official rating of 122 for his Saudi Cup triumph, Mishriff topped the first interim list of world’s top horses for 2021 as per the Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings.
Australian sprinter Nature Strip (121) claims second place on this initial ranking – covering the period Jan 1 – March 7 – ahead of US star Charlatan and Hong Kong pair Golden Sixty and Exultant (all 120).
According to Thoroughbred Racing Commentary’s global rankings, however, Golden Sixty remains the world’s number one active racehorse after stretching his winning sequence to 13 on his most recent outing.
100 Greg Cheyne
South Africa: Jockey Greg Cheyne hit the century mark for the tenth time in his career when he partnered Sound Check to a narrow victory in the opener at Fairview last week [Mar 8]. “Last season I was statistically on track to get 200 winners for the first time, but Covid ended that,” said the 44-year-old, speaking to TurfTalk.
2,300 Yoshitomi Shibata
Japan: Yukino Pharaoh’s victory at Nakayama on Sunday [Mar 14] was the 2,300th success in the career of Yoshitomi Shibata, the oldest active rider on the Japan Racing Association circuit.
Shibata, 54, is the sixth JRA jockey to reach the landmark after Yutaka Take, Norihiro Yokoyama, Yuichi Fukunaga, Yukio Okabe and Masayoshi Ebina. He has ridden 11 G1 winners (nine JRA, two NAR).
4,000 Glenn Corbett
USA: The latest of 77 jockeys to ride 4,000 winners in North America is Glenn Corbett, who recorded his landmark success on Arabian Song at Turf Paradise on March 8. Corbett, 55, rode his first winner at Penn National in 1985 and has spent most of his career mainly based at Prairie Meadows in Iowa.
1,000 Edwin Gonzalez
USA: Edwin Gonzalez is the latest US-based rider to his 1,000 winners on the mainland after scoring on Diamond Moon in the eighth at Penn National on Wednesday [Mar 10]. He also has 443 winners in his native Puerto Rico.
Gonzalez has topped the riders’ standings at Penn National for the last two seasons and currently leads the way once more. His strike-rate habitually tops 30% at the venue; his biggest career success came on Ghost Hunter in the G3 Arlington Handicap in 2017.