Dennis Ward notched the 1,000th victory of his training career Thursday at Gulfstream Park, saddling Greely Is Back for a half-length score in the fifth race.
Ward came right back in the sixth to saddle winner Dreaming of J C, who won by three lengths. Both winners are owned by Ridenjac Racing.
Ward, the father of former Eclipse Award-winning apprentice jockey and current international trainer Wesley Ward, has been training horses since 1983. The 71-year-old native of Seattle started as a jockey at Longacres in Washington State in 1962 before retiring in 1968, a week after his son was born.
Ward worked as a jockey's agent and valet before becoming a trainer. His son, upon retiring from riding in 1989, served as Ward's assistant before going out on his own in 1991.
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