01/20/2009 1:00AM

Barton rides 2,000th winner

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Jockey Jake Barton had his 2,000th Thoroughbred winner when he rode the favored Song of Pirates ($3.40) to victory in the third race at Turf Paradise Tuesday.

Barton, 42, began his career at age 16, riding the bush tracks in New Mexico. From there he moved to Turf Paradise. He has also ridden in Northern California, at Assiniboia Downs, Hastings Park, Northlands Park and Stampede Park though the bulk of his work in recent years has been split between Turf Paradise and recently Woodbine, where he moved full-time in 2001.

Barton suffered serious back injuries in a spill at Golden Gate in 1999 that nearly forced his retirement.