02/01/2014 2:35PM

Penn National: Trainer Pappada collects 1,000th career victory


When the 3-year-old gelding Bairds held on by a nose as the even-money favorite in Friday night’s seventh race at Penn National, it was a bittersweet moment for trainer Michael Pappada.

Bairds provided Pappada with the 1,000th win of his career, exactly three weeks after delivering victory number 999. But after the race, Bairds changed hands, thanks to a $10,000 claim placed by trainer John Locke.

Pappada registered his first win at Aqueduct on Feb. 20, 1976.