04/04/2009 12:00AM

Doocy wins 5,000th career race

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Jockey Tim Doocy became the 24th rider in history to win 5,000 races on Saturday, when he guided Color Out to a 3 3/4- length win in the 11th race at Oaklawn Park. The $10,000 maiden claimer was run at a mile, and Doocy was aboard for trainer Lynn Chleborad.

"It feels good to finally get win 5,000," he said. "I've been doing this a long time and to reach 5,000 was awesome. It has been a long time coming. I want to thank everybody that has supported me, given me a chance, and been there for me."

Doocy, 53, began riding in the 1970s. He has amassed more than $65 million in career mount earnings, among his most popular horses being millionaire sprinter Chindi. Doocy, a two-time title winner at Oaklawn, has had long associations with such trainers as Steve Hobby and Kenny Smith.

Doocy was greeted in the winner's circle by his family, a number of trainers, and the Oaklawn jockey colony. He was first presented with a cake, and then a pie in the face. Doocy is a native of Blue Earth, Minn., and lives in Edmond, Okla., with his wife, Terry. The have one son, Trey.

Color Out was one of two double-digit winners Doocy had on the card Saturday. He also won the first race with Away She Go ($24.60).