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Jockey T.D. Houghton collects 5,000th victory at Thistledown
By Joe DeVivo
Jockey T.D. Houghton will always remember the day Orb won the Kentucky Derby. Some five hours before Orb rallied in the mud to win the 139th Derby at Churchill Downs, Houghton collected his 5,000th career victory at Thistledown.
Houghton reached the milestone when he rode the 7-year-old gelding Mambo Galliano ($3.20) to a 6 ½-length victory in a $4,000 claiming race with his first mount on Thistledown’s card in race 2. He added victory number 5,001 with Storm Love ($6.40) in the first race on Saturday night’s program at Mountaineer Racetrack.
In joining Calvin Borel as jockeys to hit 5,000 this season, Houghton, 43, ranks 27th on the all-time list. Just ahead of him is Borel at 5,012.
Houghton earned his 4,999th lifetime victory on Wednesday at Thistledown, and then went 0 for 5 Friday night at Mountaineer.
Houghton was a long-time dominant rider in Michigan, first at Detroit Race Course and later Great Lakes Downs and Pinnacle. When all of Michigan’s tracks closed, he rode at Tampa Bay Downs and Hawthorne.
Twice, Houghton’s long career was in jeopardy. Houghton sustained a brain injury during a spill at Great Lakes Downs in 2002. It took a year of therapy before he was able to resume riding.
In 2006, Houghton was among seven riders banned at Tampa following allegations of race fixing. Houghton has maintained his innocence and although never charged or indicted, he remains barred at Tampa and ineligible to obtain a license in Kentucky. He has ridden regularly at Mountaineer since 2009.
Larry Snider was a great jockey. Knew his mother in Toledo Ohio. Nice people. About 45 years ago. Went to DRC many a time to see him.
No person deserves a brain injury or any othe injuries in their future just because someone anonymous has an ax to grind. Anyone can be anonymous and it just makes your talk cheap!
Terry never cheated in his entire racing career and doesn't even bet on races. These idiots don't know what the hell they're talking about. If there had been any violation -they would have pressed charges.
Why are we celebrating a cheater? Although never indicted, where there is smoke, there is fire. He and several others were doing something shady at Tam. The industry wanted to quell the story by not giving detail of how rampant this race fixing was. Horseplayers put a lot of time and money in this game, only to get cheated by jockeys? TD, you deserved the brain injury and any other injuries in your future!
Hats off to a great minor-league jock
dirty, dirty, dirty. good jockey that used his talents to cheat small time bush track races once or twice a day for many years. congrats, TD., you chose a long road to oblivion and deserve everything ahead.
Please send a copy of the win picture to the management at Tampa Bay Dump !
Congratulations on winning your 5,000 race. This is why I have the greatest respect for jockeys imagine how many times the jockeys ride in a race and imagine how many times they are in harms way. Remember this the Hall Of Fame is not just the big races and the national stage with purse money won. Don't the voters understand these accomplishments! This is no small accomplishment!
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