10/29/2014 10:22AM

Harness: Sears gets win 9,000 at Yonkers

Tom Berg
Brian Sears became the 15th driver in history to win 9,000 races.

Brian Sears won the 9,000th race of his illustrious career Tuesday night, the milestone coming with The Way I Am ($9.80) in the fifth race of Yonkers Raceway’s 12-race program.

The 3-year-old Muscle Mass gelding went wire-to-wire from post position No. 3, winning the mile-and-one-sixteenth event trot by 8 1/4 lengths in 2:05 4/5.

Sears began his work night needing two wins for the latest plateau. He took the $11,000 pacing opener with Wayward Son ($7.80), pacing the mile-and-one-sixteenth in 1:59 2/5.

“It’s great to win (No. 9,000) here, because Yonkers Raceway is my home now,” Sears said. “I’m really happy to win it for (trainer) Buzzy (Sholty), because our families have known each other for years and we grew up in the business together.” Sears is the 15th driver in harness racing history to win 9,000 races.

A 46-year-old native of  Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Sears—the Raceway’s defending driving champion---has career purse earnings in excess of $158 million. Prior to relocating his base to Westchester last season, Sears was the leading driver at Vernon Downs, Pompano, the Meadows and the Meadowlands. His escorts have made at least $10 million in purses in all but one of the past 10 full seasons. 

(--edited release)