10/13/2013 6:15PM

Belmont Park: Velazquez sets record for career earnings

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Barbara D. Livingston
John Velazquez, seen aboard Wood Memorial winner Verrazano, broke Pat Day's record for career earnings by a North American-based jockey Sunday at Belmont Park.

John Velazquez established a record for the most purse money won by a North American-based jockey Sunday, when he finished second aboard Bit Bustin in Belmont Park’s ninth race.

The second-place prize of $15,400 pushed Velazquez’s career mount earnings to $297,922,320, surpassing Pat Day’s record of $297,914,839. Coincidentally, Sunday was Day’s 60th birthday. Day retired in 2005 at age 51 with 8,803 wins – fourth all-time in that category – from 40,299 mounts.

Velazquez, 41, ranks 23rd in career wins with 5,082 from 28,127 mounts.

That Velazquez reached the earnings record in 12,000 fewer mounts than Day is reflective of the higher purses that have been offered the last several years compared with when Day was in his prime.

That, and going winless in four rides Sunday, may have been why Velazquez was less than impressed by breaking the record.

“It’s something that happened to happen, and I’m glad it happened,” Velazquez said.

Velazquez entered Sunday’s card trailing Day by $25,519. Velazquez chipped away at the record by finishing third in the first race, fourth in the third race, and third in the fifth race before his second-place finish in the ninth.

This is the third milestone for Velazquez this year. On June 14 at Belmont, Velazquez won his 5,000th career race. On July 27, Velazquez became Saratoga’s all-time leading rider in races won.

Velazquez is a two-time Eclipse Award-winning jockey who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2012.

Velazquez was the leading rider on the New York Racing Association circuit from 2001-04 and has won 22 individual NYRA meet titles.

Marilyn C. Wells More than 1 year ago
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Mark D More than 1 year ago
Pat day was great, but he didn't face the best every day. Had he did what he did in New York or California, then I would say he is the best. He was the most consistant, but again.... that is a product of weaker competition.
Mark D More than 1 year ago
Pat Day is the first to admit he screwed Easy Goer in the Preakness. But the Breeders Cup is Odgen Phipps fault. Shug begged him not to make Easy Goer prep for the breeders cup in the 1 1/2 Jockey Club Gold Cup. But Phipps was the President of the Jockey Club and insisted. Thats why EG got going so late in the race. And also why the JCGC has been swithed to 1 1/4 Mile.
Marilyn C. Wells More than 1 year ago
My classmate's stepsister makes $84/h hourly on the internet. She has been out of a job for 6 months but last month her pay was $20791 just working on the internet for a few hours. Read more on this site.. =======. W­­­W­­­W.M­­­A­­­X­­4­­­7.C­­O­­M THANKS FOR WATCHING
russell More than 1 year ago
Pat Day the best jock ever? That's funny. The KY jock colony could never compare to those on the NYRA circuit or So Cal. How was Pat Day's ride aboard Easy Goer in the Preakness and BC Classic? P Val schooled him.Bailey was the best I ever saw.
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
Agree about bailey numbers never lie. But pat day bigger wins then Johnny V at 42. He won classic twice before he was 42 and Three preakness victories.
Joe More than 1 year ago
Pat Day was hands down the best jockey to ever sit on a horse. He could get the most out of a young horse better than any one else could ever dream of. The new generation of jockeys cant come close to being compared to Day, Bailey, Eddie D, Cordero, Shoemaker,McCarron, the only difference is now the purses are a lot bigger.
Horse Cents More than 1 year ago
Paynter worked 5f in 1:00. Give me 8 bucks. A pay article when it's information readily available elsewhere. Very smart of DRF to send us to other sites where I now spend most of my time for better written, more interesting and detailed stories.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
TVG has some of the set personality that sucks. They were worst until they started equaling twinspires and Xpressbet on having free wagering and video. Does TVG give you free handicapping materials? The onset support crew is horrible with scratch info and video feeds. They at least were pretty unknowledgeable on a lot of info and they have horrible customer service or at least did, which led to closure of my account!
B More than 1 year ago
Barry: I don't think TVG sucks, but I don't like that new goofy looking guy with the weird hair & I've never liked Schrupp, so you've got me there. Miss some of the former hosts. Why are you even on this site? "Horse racing is dead", "TVG sucks". Sounds like you don't even like horse racing.
Barry Lushan More than 1 year ago
Tvg sucks. They need a facelift. Todd schrupp are you kidding. You are so boring. Paul laduca? He knows nothing. Simon? You should take lessons from Hrtv. At least they are very informative.
Steve S More than 1 year ago
Simon. Anyone who says they never bet a favorite is a moron. I understand value, but favorites do win and at certain times, SHOULD be played.
Barry Lushan More than 1 year ago
Horse racing is dead.
Mark D More than 1 year ago
More $$$ has been gambled in 2012 on Horse Racing then any year in history. Fans arn't showing up at the track...but they are betting the races.
Holybull More than 1 year ago
No comparison can possibly be made between these two. If Day had been aboard Life At Ten she would have never made it to the gate, and John Veitch would still be chief steward as he should be.
Mark More than 1 year ago
Pat day couldn't hold jv jock
Hail No More than 1 year ago
Methinks you just like the letter "V" :-)
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
Ridiculous. Only reason you say that is because he is pletchers boy you are despicable. Johnny V no classic wins not many grade one outside of Ny lately. Johnny 42yo no classic wins pat day won first at 31. By the Time pat day was 42 he had 1 derby, 2 belmonts 3 preakness and 2 classic wins. If johhny v does not win next month he will have 1 derby two belmonts no preakness and no classics. I think it would be the other way around at this point in there careers