Milemarker Number 4000 and Counting….

by Ed Meyer

posted on January 20, 2009 in News | 2 Comments >>

Jockey Stewart Elliott reached the milestone of 4,000 North American wins on Jan. 18th, when he guided Jake’s Bandaid to a victory in the seventh race at Philadelphia Park Casino & Racetrack.

Elliott, 43, began riding at the Pennsylvania racetrack back in 1981 when it was known as Keystone Park. He learned to ride from his father, Dennis, who was a jockey in Hong Kong before becoming a trainer. Elliott was born in Toronto.

Elliott gained national acclaim in 2004 when he guided Smarty Jones to victories in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I) for trainer John Servis.

A regular rider on the New York circuit, Elliott won his 3,000th race in May of 2003. His 4,000 wins have produced more than $69-million in purse earnings.