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Parker wins 9,000th

July 04, 2006
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When Billy Parker Jr. reined Never Look Back to a 2:01:3 victory Monday at Monticello Raceway, it marked his 9,000th career driving victory. He joins a very elite group of just nine drivers who have won 9,000 or more races in their careers.

Parker, a Maine native and a Monticello, N.Y., resident for the past 19 years, has won 13 driving titles at the Mighty M since he arrived in 1984. He holds the track record for most wins in one season (526 in 1995) and on Oct. 20, 1996, he equaled the then world record of nine driving victories on a single card.

“It’s been a struggle (to get to 9,000 wins) and I’m glad it’s over,” Parker said. “I was putting them (his horses) in the right place (during the race) but they kept coming up empty. I was getting frustrated but that’s history now.”

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