It was a very special night for jockey Gerard Melancon at Delta Downs on Wednesday as he became the 65th North American rider to reach 4,000 career wins. He reached the milestone in a $4,000 claiming race aboard Doc R U It in the sixth race on the program.
“I've had a very blessed career,” said the 45-year-old native of Louisiana. “Reaching 4,000 wins is special to me. All my family and friends came to the track tonight and I thank them for their support over the years.”
Melancon richest win came in 2011 when he rode Sabercat to victory in the $1,000,000 Delta Downs Jackpot (Gr. III) for nationally prominent trainer Steve Asmussen. He also won the $500,000 Super Derby (Gr. II) at Louisiana Downs with Fanasticat in 2004 and the $400,000 Vosburgh (Gr. I) with Bonapaw in 2002.
Overall, Melancon has ridden in 26,789 races and his mounts have earned over $63 million. He has been the leading rider at Delta Downs twice in 2007-08 and 2008-09. He owns the local record for jockey wins and mount earnings in a single season as he booted home 146 winners and his mounts made over $2.8 million in 2007-08.
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