Oceanport, N.J. -- Jockey Chris DeCarlo reached an important
milestone at Monmouth
Park on Saturday when he
won his 1,000th career race.
DeCarlo booted home Oconee Gold ($5.00) in the eighth
race for trainer Ramon Moya and accepted congratulations in a winner’s circle
celebration afterward. He scored his 999th victory just one race
earlier on Dontwait Toolong ($18.20) for trainer Jane Cibelli.
“It’s exciting,” said DeCarlo, 44, who began riding at 16
and has been a member of the jockey colony at tracks all over the East Coast
and around the world. “I just want to continue to win races and I know that if
I do that, I’ll keep being successful and keep getting to do what I love.”
DeCarlo won the 1986 Haskell Invitational on Wise Times
when he was only 17 and led all riders in stakes wins at Monmouth in 2005. The
following year he piloted Park Avenue Ball to three stakes wins, including
Monmouth’s Iselin. Recently, he spent the
2010-2011winter in Saudi
Arabia riding first call for King Aziz.