Jockey Miguel Vasquez rode his 1,000th winner in the U.S. aboard The Blue Dragon (Tonalist) in the fourth race at Gulfstream Park Thursday.
“I'm very happy. Thank you to the trainers. Thank you to the owners,” Vasquez said. “I thank them for helping me.”
Vasquez, who attended the Laffit Pincay Jr. Technical Jockey Training Academy and rode about 350 winners in Panama, notched his first victory in the U.S. at Gulfstream Park West aboard Antonio Sano-trained KB Biorhythms Nov. 15, 2014.
The 27-year-old Chorrera, Panama native has won more than 120 races in each of the past five years, including a career-high 195 in 2020 and 177 in 2021. He rode six winners at Gulfstream on Aug. 15, 2020, one shy of the record for most wins in a day.