• The week’s significant milestones, facts and figures
2,466 Corey Brown
Australia: Dual Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Corey Brown has been told by doctors he will never ride again due to spinal injuries sustained in a fall in the 2019 Queensland Derby.
“There’s been plenty of tears,’’ Brown told Sydney’s Daily Telegraph. “But deep down, I’ve had a sense for a few months it was over, I just didn’t want to admit it.’’
Among a total of 2,466 career wins were a pair of Melbourne Cups on Shocking (2009) and Rekindling (2017). Brown, 44, won 49 G1s altogether, including five on superstar sprinter Apache Cat. He also rode the likes of Exceed And Excel, Eremein and More Joyous.
• More on Corey Brown at Racenet website
5,841 DeShawn Parker
USA: DeShawn Parker has been selected by fellow jockeys as the winner of 2021 George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award, designed to recognise achievements on the track plus contributions elsewhere. Named in honour of Seabiscuit’s rider, the award has been presented annually at Santa Anita since 1950.
Cincinnati-born Parker, 50, has ridden 5,841 winners in a career dating back to 1988 to become the winningmost African-American jockey in history. According to Equibase, he stands in 22nd place in the all-time US list; he has won riding titles at Mountaineer Park, Indiana Grand and Sam Houston.
11 Kohei Matsuyama
Japan: Jockey Kohei Matsuyama had an amazing weekend with 11 winners – five on Saturday [March 20] at Hanshin and six more on Sunday at Chukyo [March 21]. Ritto-based Matsuyama, 31, is now second the JRA title race with 39 winners, ten behind Christophe Lemaire.