OCEANPORT, N.J. &ndash; Jonathan Sheppard reached a significant milestone Saturday at Monmouth Park, getting his 1,000th steeplechase training victory when Arcadius took the Grade 1, $100,000 Helen Haskell Sampson Stakes.\r\n&ldquo;One thousand wins means I&rsquo;ve done something nobody else has done,&rdquo; said Sheppard, a Hall of Fame trainer. &ldquo;I knew I was in range, but I honestly thought I wouldn&rsquo;t be able to get there until next year. Thankfully, everything has fallen into place this year, and we&rsquo;ve gotten a little lucky.&rdquo;\r\nSheppard left little to chance, running two top contenders in the Sampson. Sermon of Love, winner of a pair of stakes at Saratoga including the Grade 1 New York Turf Writers Handicap, wound up last in the seven-horse field after chasing the pace.\r\nArcadius, runner up in the Turf Writers, came through. He relentlessly wore down the pacesetting Slip Away to win by a length.\r\n&ldquo;The best thing about this horse is that he stays well, and I thought if he was at the leaders and got a good last jump, he would be okay,&rdquo; Sheppard said.\r\nThe win also vindicated the decision by jockey Brian Crowley who opted off Sermon of Love following the Turf Writers victory to ride Arcadius.\r\n&ldquo;I ride this horse every morning, I&rsquo;m with him for his schooling,&rdquo; Crowley said. &ldquo;He placed in two Grade 1 races and now wins this. He&rsquo;s been feeling like a million dollars.&rdquo;\r\nThe 17-10 favorite, Arcadius, a 6-year-old gelding, was clocked in 4:37.55 for about 2 1/2 miles.\r\nThe Sampson was the top event of Monmouth Park-Meridian Steeplechase Festival that blended jumping and flat races to support a local charity.\r\nMeanwhile on the flat, Sweet Ducky ($16.20) won the $100,000 Garden State Stakes for 2-year-olds, beating Curlinello by a half-length.\r\nIt was the second win in three starts for Sweet Ducky who stretched out for the first time.\r\n&ldquo;We kind of always knew this horse wanted to go long,&rdquo; trainer Kelly Breen said. &ldquo;He&rsquo;s bred for it. Nearing the wire, he started waiting on the other horse. He likes to play around.&rdquo;\r\nJoe Bravo was aboard as Sweet Ducky ran the one mile in 1:39.83.