2,000 wins for Gingras
May 15, 2007
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Driver Yannick Gingras won four races Monday night at Yonkers Raceway, the last of which was the 2,000th of his career. His milestone victory came behind odds-on favorite Perdition in the $25,000, tri-featured, ninth-race pace, an event for for $50,000 claimers.
\"I don\'t think much about these milestones,\" Gingras said.\"It\'s nice to pass them, and hopefully, there are plenty more in the future.\"
The 27-year-old Gingras, a native of Greenfield Park, Quebec, won his first race an an 18-year-old with Tidewater Comic at Hippodrome de Montreal in January 1998. After cutting his teeth in Quebec, he moved to New York in 2001 and has been a leading driver at both Yonkers Raceway and the Meadowlands ever since.
Gingras has won 241 races and more than $3 million in purses this season, placing him fifth among North American drivers in both categories Gingras set a career-best in 2006 with more than $7.1 million in purses. His drives have earned in excess $23.4 million in career purses.
Perdition, a 5-year-old gelding owned by Richard Annunziata and trained by Mickey Burke, opened up to a 3 1/2-length victory and scored in a season\'s-best 1:53.
Earlier on the 10-race card, Gingras won with Apache of Grey ($7.70), taking the $19,000, third-race pace by 1 3/4 lengths in 1:55.2 despite being parked for much of the mile.
He then won the $15,000, fifth-race pace behind favored Triple the Money ($4.50), prevailing by a neck in a season\'s-best 1:54.1, and the $18,000 sixth-race pace with Done Laagin ($9.70), getting home by a half-length in a season\'s-best 1:54.4. (Yonkers Raceway)