07/03/2011 6:58AM

Monmouth: Lopez Wins His 4,000th Race


Chuck C. Lopez won the 4,000th winner of his career in the first race here Saturday, piloting Duffy’s Tavern to a gate-to-wire victory.

The front-running score in the six-furong opener was appropriate for the milestone score, since Lopez is at his very best when on the lead in sprints.

"I just want to thank everyone who’s helped me over the years," said Lopez. "My family, my agents, all the trainers and owners who have been so supportive, I thank you."

The son of jockey Carlos Lopez Sr., Chuck C. Lopez won his first race aboard Foolish Tracy at Keystone in 1979.