06/23/2017 10:10AM

Jockey Goodwin gets 1,000th Thoroughbred win

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Nik Goodwin rode his 1,000th Thoroughbred winner Thursday night at Canterbury Park when he booted home Saganaga for trainer Gary Scherer in the sixth race.

Goodwin, who has been riding at Canterbury regularly since 2006, also has ridden well over 100 Quarter Horse winners.

Goodwin, 41, is one of the few Native American professional jockeys in the United States. He was born on the White Earth Ojibway reservation in northern Minnesota and grew up on a farm between Cass Lake and Bemidji. Goodwin, whose father once trained horses but now teaches art at a tribal college in Cass Lake, started riding professionally at Assiniboia Downs in Canada in 1997 when he was 17.