08/11/2006 12:00AM

Carlos Gonzalez wins career number 2,000

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BOSSIER CITY, La. - Jockey Carlos Gonzalez picked up career win number 2,000 in dramatic fashion Friday afternoon at Louisiana Downs, narrowly prevailing in the ninth race of the day aboard 9-5 favorite Del Norte. Gonzalez outfinished leading apprentice Cody Meche, who was aboard Brickadier General, following a spirited stretch battle. The winner is trained by leading trainer Cole Norman who has been riding Gonzalez first call for most of the season.

Gonzalez, 41, is a native of Aricedo, Puerto Rico, and is a former riding champion here, having taken the title in 1999. He currently leads the riding ranks this season with 62 victories.