09/11/2002 12:00AM

Columbus track report


COLUMBUS, Neb. - Jockey Armando Martinez reached 1,000 career wins Saturday evening to top off a big weekend at the Columbus Races.

Martinez rode four winners last Friday night to reach 999 wins. In Saturday's last race, Martinez sent Oberlin Yankee to the front in the mile and 70-yard event. He opened up seven lengths in midstretch and coasted home 3 1/4 lengths in front to record win No. 1,000.

The win streak boosted Martinez to a 42-37 lead over Alex Granda in the rider standings as Columbus enters its final weekend of racing.