01/09/2007 12:00AM

Jockey Terry Stanton retires

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Jockey Terry Stanton, a longtime fixture in Texas, has retired from race-riding and plans to spend more time with his family.

Stanton, 39, compiled a career record of 1,381 wins from 10,659 starts for mount earnings of $11,826,352.

“I was able to make a living riding in Texas, but I want to explore other options at this point in my life,” said Stanton. “I still love racing, but it will be nice to be home with my family every night.”

Stanton, a native of Dallas, rode the first winner of his career at Louisiana Downs on Oct. 18, 1989. One of the best horses he is associated with is multiple stakes winner Gimme Glory.

Stanton won the Sam Houston Race Park title in 2002-2003 in a tie with his friend Don Simington, just a year after Stanton had sustained multiple fractures in a starting gate accident. He is the fourth all-time winningest rider at Sam Houston, with 444 wins at the track since 1994.

Stanton was also a perennial leading rider at Trinity Meadows near Fort Worth, Texas, a track that closed in 1996. Stanton last rode on Dec. 15, finishing second aboard Bettle Bay in a maiden special weight race at Sam Houston. Last year, he won 69 races and had mount earnings of $900,362.

Stanton lives outside of Houston with his wife, Michelle, and their young daughter, Teri.Jockey Terry Stanton, a longtime fixture in Texas, has retired from race-riding and plans to spend more time with his family.

Stanton, 39, compiled a career record of 1,381 wins from 10,659 starts for mount earnings of $11,826,352.

"I was able to make a living riding in Texas, but I want to explore other options at this point in my life," said Stanton. "I still love racing, but it will be nice to be home with my family every night."

Stanton, a native of Dallas, rode the first winner of his career at Louisiana Downs on Oct. 18, 1989. One of the best horses he is associated with is multiple stakes winner Gimme Glory.

Stanton won the Sam Houston Race Park title in 2002-2003 in a tie with his friend Don Simington, just a year after Stanton had sustained multiple fractures in a starting gate accident. He is the fourth all-time winningest rider at Sam Houston, with 444 wins at the track since 1994.

Stanton was also a perennial leading rider at Trinity Meadows near Fort Worth, Texas, a track that closed in 1996. Stanton last rode on Dec. 15, finishing second aboard Bettle Bay in a maiden special weight race at Sam Houston. Last year, he won 69 races and had mount earnings of $900,362.

Stanton lives outside of Houston with his wife, Michelle, and their young daughter, Teri.