09/22/2013 8:06PM

Zia Park: Juarez rides 2,000th career Thoroughbred winner

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Alfredo Juarez Jr., aboard Chuchuluco, wins the 2,000th Thoroughbred race of his career Sunday at Zia Park.

Jockey Alfredo Juarez Jr. won the 2,000th Thoroughbred race of his career Sunday at Zia Park in Hobbs, N.M., in the eighth race aboard Chuchuluco. He guided the horse to a 1 1/2-length win in the $25,000 optional-claiming race run over five furlongs. Chuchuluco ($4.60) is owned by West Texas Racing Partners and trained by Todd Fincher.

Juarez, 37, is tied for the leading Thoroughbred rider at the meet at Zia, which also features races for Quarter Horses. He is a Mexico City native who launched his career in 1992 at Hipodromo de las Americas, according to a release from Zia.

Juarez’s first win in the United States came in 1996 at the Downs at Albuquerque. He has won 2,036 races in the United States, a number that includes mounts aboard Quarter Horses. Overall, his mounts in this country have earned $35,561,595, the majority of which has been earned by Thoroughbreds.

Juarez’s biggest career wins include the Grade 3 Hawthorne Derby in 2000 with Rumsontheriver, the Grade 3 National Jockey Club Handicap with Chicago Six in 2001, and the Grade 3 Dallas Turf Cup with Trial By Jury in 2006.

Another notable mount for Juarez was War Emblem, with whom he won a maiden special weight and an allowance before the horse captured the Kentucky Derby and Preakness in 2002.