03/25/2008 11:00PM

Locke closing in on 1,000 wins

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Trainer John Locke, who leads the standings at Sam Houston Race Park, is closing in on career win 1,000. As of Tuesday, he had won 991 races. Locke will have five chances to add to his total Friday, with four horses in at Sam Houston Race Park and one starter at Oaklawn Park.

Locke has divisions of his stable at both tracks. He has won 44 races from 221 starters this meet at Sam Houston, and his starters at the track have earned $473,673. Last year was a banner one for Locke, who won 109 races and had career-best stable earnings of $1.5 million.

Locke registered his first win as at trainer on June 2, 1989, at Canterbury.