Birzer Picks Up 3,000th Career Winner At Oaklawn

Jockey Alex Birzer rode three winners Saturday at Oaklawn to move within one of becoming the 174th jockey with 3,000 career North American victories, according to Equibase, racing's official data gathering organization.

Named on six horses on Sunday, it was a pick up mount in the sixth race that gave Birzer the milestone victory. Numancia, trained by John Hall, captured the six-furlong, $10,000 claiming event with ease.

“Got six today and they all have shots,” said Birzer, 43, prior to Sunday's racing. He is currently fifth in Oaklawn's jockey standings this year with 16 victories. “So, hopefully, it happens.”

Birzer lives in Council Grove, Kan., about 140 miles southwest of Kansas City. Birzer said he believes his parents, who retired to Branson, were in Hot Springs Sunday for the possible milestone moment.

“My mom said, ‘We're staying until you get it done,'” said Birzer, who called Saturday “a great day.”

On Saturday, Birzer won the first race aboard Ship Disturber ($7.80) for trainer Stanley Roberts, sixth race aboard Cleverness ($74.20) for trainer Lynn Chleboard and seventh race aboard favored Apprehender ($4.80) for trainer Gene Jacquot. He had a chance to reach 3,000 career victories in the eighth race, the $100,000 Nodouble Breeders' Stakes, but finished third aboard 5-2 second choice Rock City Roadhog for trainer Jon Arnett. He didn't have a mount in the ninth race.

Birzer rode his first winner in 1992. His first of 297 career Oaklawn winners came in 1999. He has 11 career Oaklawn stakes victories, including the $125,000 Dixie Belle Jan. 21 and $125,000 Martha Washington Feb. 11 aboard the Chleborad-trained Chanel's Legacy, who is scheduled to make her next start in the $200,000 Honeybee Stakes (G3) for 3-year-old fillies March 11.

According to Equibase, as of Saturday Birzer has purse earnings of $48,200,560 from 22,151 career mounts.

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