by Ed Meyer

posted on May 9, 2009 in General Discussion, News | No Comments >>

Vernon Bush is looking for lucky 3,000 today. He just beat Perry Outzs to etch his 2,999th win by a nose. The two riders combined have won over 8000 races. Bush’s father was an outstanding rider at River Downs in the 50’s. He has been talking about this milestone for quite awhile, and today he looks like he has nice chance to be welcomed in the club.

“I made my reputation in the Northeast, but this (River Downs) will always be home. It’s where I won my first race when I was 16-years-old,” stated Vernon who captured six riding titles at Suffolk Downs and four at Rockingham Park. “I was actually born in Methune, Massachusetts, but that was because my dad was riding at Rockingham Park. I grew up in Alexandria, Kentucky with my brother George and sister Ruth Ann. I really wanted to reach the 3,000 milestone here where my father won so many races and it would be so special if I could win it on a horse trained by my brother.”

Vernon Bush may get his wish. On Saturday, in the fourth race he rides Are You Saved for his brother George. The 9-year-old gelding is listed as the 2 to 1 favorite. “I love riding and I’m still having fun,” said Bush. “I’ll ride as long as I can.”