03/15/2016 1:25PM

Trainer Alfredo Velazquez gets win No. 1,000

Barbara D. Livingston
Alfredo Velazquez trained Private Zone to this victory in the 2014 Cigar Mile.

Trainer Alfredo Velazquez scored his 1,000th career victory Tuesday when Rosie My Way won the first race at Parx.

Velazquez, a 71-year-old native of Puerto Rico, has been training since 1984. He has a 15 percent win average and purse earnings of more than $15.8 million.

In 2014, he won the Grade 1 Cigar Mile and Grade 1 Vosburgh with Private Zone, whom he trained that season for Good Friends Stable, which is managed by Velazquez's longtime friend Rene Douglas. Velazquez also trained Traffic Light, a winner of 10 of 29 starts and $613,000 between 2011 and the end of last year. Traffic Light won stakes at Parx in 2012, 2013, and 2014.

Seven-pound apprentice Lane Luzzi was aboard Rosie My Way, who won the $7,500 claiming race by three-quarters of a length.

Velazquez is based the year at Parx, where he has won 765 races.