01/15/2013 12:12PM

Gulfstream Park: Block gets 1,000th win

Barbara D. Livingston
Chris Block sent out the 1,000th winner of his career on Saturday.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Chris Block saddled the 1,000th winner of his training career in Saturday’s second race, with the 5-year-old mare All for Thee. Block was not on hand to celebrate the occasion. A board member of the Illinois Division of the Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, Block was back in Chicago attending a contract meeting with officials of Hawthorne Racecourse. 

Meanwhile, Italian champion jockey Cristian Demuro wasted little time finding the local winner’s circle, guiding Holdin Bullets to victory for trainer Wesley Ward in Sunday’s second race. It was the first U.S. win for Demuro, who posted 264 tallies in Europe in 2012.