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More Than Ready: 2,000 individual winners – and counting. Photo: WinStar Farm

2,000 More Than Ready

USA: WinStar Farm’s remarkable sire More Than Ready claimed a record on Tuesday [July 20] when he became the first stallion to be represented by 2,000 individual winners worldwide. Rupp N Ready, a chestnut gelding trained by Helen Pitts, brought up the landmark in a $30,000 maiden claimer at Indiana Grand.

The most shuttled stallion on the planet, More Than Ready went to stud in 2001. The G1-winning son of Southern Halo is responsible for a record seven Breeders’ Cup victories, while only Danehill, Sadler’s Wells and Galileo have more black-type winners.

His progeny are headed by multiple US G1 winners such as Roy H, Rushing Fall and Uni, plus star Aussie racemare More Joyous.

52,000 Perry Ouzts

USA: Perry Ouzts, the 67-year-old ‘Ironman’ of US racing, is showing few signs of slowing down. Much in demand currently at Belterra Park, he rode in his 52,000th race altogether of his long career on Tuesday [July 20] at the Ohio venue, where he rode a treble.

Ouzts’s 52,000th ride was a winner – and not one requiring a lot of effort from the veteran jockey as 1-20 favourite Aunt Bee made all to land the seventh race, a 6f dirt claimer, by 12½ lengths for trainer Larry Smith.

By the end of the week, Ouzts had a total of 7,201 winners to his name, putting him in sixth place on the all-time list in North America according to Equibase stats. Clear number one is Russell Baze with 12,842 victories in the US and Canada.

Arkansas-born Ouzts’s first ride (and win) came on Rablu at Beulah Park in Columbus, Ohio, 1973. He became only the ninth 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.

1,000 Andrew Mallyon

Australia: Andrew Mallyon rode the 1,000th winner of his career at Ipswich on Friday [July 23] when he partnered Married To The Mob to win the 5½f Class 3 event for trainer M Eggleston. Mallyon, 32, has 79 winners this season (ends on July 30); he rode his first winner in November 2004 on veteran sprinter The Mooksta at Hay Races, He has four G3 victories to his name.

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