Jockey Perry Ouzts Celebrates 7,000 Career Victories

64-year-old jockey Perry Ouzts picked up a mount in Friday’s third race at Belterra Park to earn his 7,000th career victory, just the ninth rider to do so in North America. Ouzts rode Emmy’s Candy for trainer Gary Patrick in the hallmark triumph.

Ouzts still starts four or five mornings a week galloping and breezing horses and returns to the track in the afternoons to ride six to eight mounts each race day. Not including 2006, when an on-track accident sidelined him for 11 months, Ouzts averaged 1,130 mounts a year from 1973 through 2017.

Of the jockeys ahead of him on the all-time wins list, only Edgar Prado in eighth place is still active. Gall is the only rider ahead of him who is not already in the Hall of Fame.

Ouzts grew up in Rivervale, Ark., riding horses with his cousin, Hall of Fame jockey Earlie Fires. He won his first race in 1973 at Beulah Park aboard Rablu and has been a consistent leader on the Ohio circuit ever since, holding a record 34 meet titles from Belterra Park, formerly River Downs, and at least 11 from the now-closed Beulah Park. He also owns one riding title from Turfway.

Ouzts is the subject of a documentary titled Ironman Perry Ouzts, which garnered Digital Kitchen and directors John and Brad Hennegan the 2015 Media Eclipse Award for Television – Feature.

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