10/06/2012 3:28PM

Penn National: Vega rides his 4,000th winner

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Harry Vega collected the 4,000th win of his career when he scored aboard the 2-year-old maiden claimer Moonshot Monkey ($4.60) in Friday night’s fourth race at Penn National Race Course.

Vega, 47, began riding at Hazel Park in Michigan in 1983 and currently competes at Penn National and Laurel Park. This season, he has 70 wins in 509 starts for earnings of $2 million. He is best known as the regular rider of the filly Xtra Heat, who won five graded stakes in 2002 including a trio of Grade 2 events.