Sciacca Gets 1000th Winner


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Some four decades after saddling his first winner, trainer Gary Sciacca celebrated the 1000th victory of his career, sending out Caumsett (The Factor) to win the Aqueduct fall meet opener Thursday afternoon. The 47-10 third favorite, Caumsett broke his maiden in a one-mile turf test beneath Hall of Famer Javier Castellano (video).

Sciacca, a two-time leading trainer at Belmont Park (spring 1993 and fall 1997), has conditioned the likes of multiple Grade I winner Saratoga Dew–the first New York-bred to be named an Eclipse champion–and millionaire GISW Subordination.

“I'm just real happy to get it done,” Sciacca, 61 and a Brooklyn native, said. “I would have loved to have got it done at Belmont, but I got my start here at Aqueduct so this is great. It feels great. We needed to get it done and get it over with. I thought she was going to win last time [Sept. 19], but she got nailed right at the wire. Bobby, my son is here, so that's great.”

He added, “The Grade I wins with Saratoga Dew and Subordination were huge. The business has been so great to me and all the hard work is paying off. It's taken me all over and has been really good.”

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