01/19/2009 1:00AM

Elliott rides winner 4,000


Jockey Stewart Elliott won the 4,000th race of his career on Sunday, when he guided Jake's Bandaid ($18) home by 1 3/4 lengths in the seventh race at Philadelphia Park. He won the first-level allowance route for trainer Mark Fusco.

Elliott, 43, got his first career victory aboard Jack's Ruby ($108) on Jan. 31, 1981 at Keystone Park, which is now Philadelphia Park. He picked up his 3,000th win on May 13, 2003.

Elliott hit the top of his profession in 2004, when he won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness aboard Smarty Jones. The horse began his career at Philadelphia Park, where Elliott ranks as the all-time winningest rider. Elliott rode Smarty Jones for trainer John Servis.

Elliott is coming off his richest season since Smarty Jones ran in 2004, with $6.3 million in mount earnings in 2008. Elliott rode 163 winners. Back in 2004, he won 211 races and $14.5 million in purses. Elliott, whose father, Dennis, is a former jockey turned trainer, is a native of Toronto, Canada.