Trainer Allen Milligan recorded his 1,000th career North American victory in Saturday's fifth race with Soul P Say ($31.40), according to Equibase, racing's official data gathering organization.
Milligan, 54, saddled his first winner in 1999 and was Oaklawn's leading trainer in 2009 with 24 victories. Top horses trained by Milligan include multiple Oaklawn stakes winner Haveyougoneaway and Grade 3 winner Texas Air. Haveyougoneaway went on to become a Grade 1 winner after being sold privately following a runner-up finish in the $150,000 Carousel Stakes in April 2016 at Oaklawn.
“I've always had a good crew and good owners,” Milligan said immediately after his milestone victory. “Just a good feeling to get here, finally.”
Channing Hill rode Soul P Say for Milligan's major client, Danny Keene. Soul P Say represented Milligan's 159th career Oaklawn victory. He started his first horse in Hot Springs in 2001 and won his first race in 2006. Milligan's wife, Jeanette, is Oaklawn's claims clerk.
Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen recorded his 600th career Oaklawn victory in Saturday's sixth race with favored Get the Goodies ($6.80), a front-running 7 ½-length winner under Ricardo Santana Jr.
Asmussen has collected nine Oaklawn training titles since 2007 and had a meet-high 17 victories this year through Saturday. Asmussen started his first horse at Oaklawn in 1989 and won his first race in Hot Springs in 1996. Asmussen's 500th career Oaklawn victory came Jan. 16, 2017.
Get the Goodies, who was making her career debut, was Santana's 493rd victory for Asmussen. Santana has been Oaklawn's leading rider the last six years and had a meet-high 24 victories this year through Saturday.
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