It could happen as soon as today at the Fair Grounds.
Lafayette native Robby Albarado is poised to become the 33rd North American Thoroughbred jockey – and the sixth born in Louisiana – to win 5,000 races.
Albarado won No. 4,999 in a big way Saturday, capturing the Grade III Lecomte Stakes aboard Guest Suite for his longtime client, trainer Neil Howard.
It was Howard that gave Albarado the opportunity to ride 2003 Horse of the Year Mineshaft. That same year, Albarado hit a milestone at Fair Grounds, winning his 3,000th career race.
Four years later, Albarado was the regular rider for a second Horse of the Year, Curlin.
The 43-year-old Albarado, who has been the meet’s leading rider a record seven times in New Orleans, is scheduled to ride seven horses on Sunday’s program, which begins at 1:25 p.m.
When Albarado reaches 5,000, he will join Eddie Delahoussaye, Kent Desormeaux, Ronald Ardoin, Mark Guidry and Calvin Borel in the select list of Louisiana-born jockeys to find the winner’s circle 5,000 or more times.
Delahoussaye, Desormeaux and Borel are in the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, while Borel will join Delahoussaye, Ardoin and Guidry in the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame this summer.
Albarado will become the third Louisiana jockey in a span of six months to reach a major milestone. Last summer, jockeys Corey Lanerie and Steve Bourque each picked up their 4,000th career wins, increasing the number of state-born jockeys with 4,000 or more wins to 13.
The list of the Louisiana-born jockeys with 4,000 or more wins in their careers:
|Jockey||Hometown||Career Wins||Overall Rank||Active?|
|Eddie Delahoussaye||New Iberia||6,383||15||No|
|Craig Perret||New Orleans||4,415||50||No|