09/01/2010 4:23PM

Ouzts sets River Downs riding record


Jockey Perry Ouzts won his 83rd race of the Jockey Club meet at River Downs on Tuesday aboard Regent’s Daughter ($3.60), setting a record for victories by a jockey at the meet. The 56-year-old Ouzts eclipsed the record of 82 set by Dean Sarvis in 2004. Prior to Sarvis, the record for was held by Steve Neff for 18 years.

River Downs splits the summer into two meets, the Turf Club and the Jockey Club. Ouzts won the riding title for the Turf Club meet as well, with 73 victories. He is now eight wins away from being the all-time leading jockey for a complete summer with four days of racing left. Ouzts is chasing his 24th individual riding title at River Downs.

“This is the most fun I have ever had riding” said Ouzts. “It is nice being on as many favorites as I’ve had this year.”

This winter Ouzts plans on splitting time between Turfway Park and Beulah Park, where he has also won multiple titles.

Edgar Paucar is second in the Jockey Club standings with 37 wins.

Joe Woodard has a lock on the training title with 49 wins, Charlie Lawson is second with 21. Ouzts rode first call for Woodard during the Jockey Club meet.