01/21/2005 1:00AM

Chavez rides 4,000th winner

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Matt Dean/EQUI-PHOTO
Jockey Jorge Chavez raises his fist in the air after scoring his 4,000th career victory aboard A Rizzi Rueben in the 4th race at Gulfstream Park on Friday.

Jockey Jorge Chavez rode the 4,000th winner of his career when he guided A Rizzi Rueben to victory in Friday's at Gulfstream Park. Chavez had gotten his 3,999th winner in the previous race aboard Snug Harbour.

Chavez, 43, won the 1999 Eclipse Award as the nation's best jockey and has won 12 riding titles at New York Racing Association tracks. He has had his career slowed by injuries suffered at Gulfstream Park the past two winters. He won 119 races last year.

"I'm glad to finally get the 4,000th out of the way," said Chavez. "I had a lot of seconds and thirds the past week, and I was starting to get a little frustrated."