Jockey Julio Felix recorded his 3,000th career win in a photo-finish aboard Ragnar Korthase's Carnoustie for trainer Jon Cowan on Friday at Arlington International Racecourse. The New York-born Felix, 51, rallied his mount late in the 7th race to nab the victory at 5-1.
“I remember when I just wanted to win one race,” said Felix. “When I won, those guys sprayed me down, I got whip cream on my head, the whole works. And this felt just as good as my first win.”
“I know it was really close, but I was really trying.” Felix continued. “I just want to thank all the trainers, all the grooms and valets, everyone that helped me to get here. All my Virgin Island people, this is for you. This is for my little brother that passed away in a horse race there, I'm riding to carry on the legacy. This is for you my little brother, Anibal Felix.”
Felix's family hails from St. Croix, Virgin Islands. Felix rode a handful of races there as a teen before setting up shop in South Florida in 1989, winning his first race in the United States at Calder Race Course that year. He spent 14 years then riding at Thistledown, earning six riding titles during that time. His four graded stakes victories include a win in the 2016 Grade III Hanshin Cup at Arlington aboard Trace Creek at odd of 44-1.
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