September 1, 2014
MIAMI (AP) - After several close calls, jockey Manoel Cruz has finally earned his 2,000th win.
Cruz had eight mounts Sunday at Calder Race Course, most of them
favorites, and needed only one win to reach the milestone. He missed with his first five starters, four of them finishing second, each time by more than a length.
The breakthrough came aboard Catch Rikki, the odds-on favorite in race seven. Cruz's sixth mount of the day was second down the backstretch, took the lead approaching the stretch turn, and went on to win by six lengths.
Cruz was joined in the winner's circle by 10 other jockeys who offered their congratulations. Then he was doused with water from a hose wielded by fellow rider Jose Lopez.