12/09/2004 12:00AM

Albarado wins 3,000th race

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Robby Albarado got the 3,000th victory of his career Thursday when he rode Isle of Silver to win the sixth race at Fair Grounds.

Albarado, 31, is the defending champion jockey at Fair Grounds for the last two seasons and has won five riding titles at Fair Grounds overall.

"It's special to get my 3,000th victory at the Fair Grounds," he said. "The Fair Grounds has probably had the biggest impact on my career."

Albarado has also won two riding titles at Oaklawn Park and Keeneland and one at Arlington Park.

Albarado was one of 14 riders banned from competing at Churchill Downs earlier this year after a job action. Churchill Downs Inc. purchased Fair Grounds in October, and Albarado complimented Churchill for the job it has done at Fair Grounds in his remarks to the press.