Journeyman jockey Jesus Sanchez earned the 1,000th victory of his riding career last night when he piloted Ambassador Satch to a head victory at Charles Town Races, according to statistics provided by Equibase Company.
Ambassador Satch dawdled towards the rear of the eight-horse field for the first quarter mile of the seven-furlong maiden claiming race. On the backstretch of the two-turn race, he began to move into contention; five wide on the final turn, he loomed boldly and was up very late to secure the 12-1 upset over favored The Great Milenko.
Ambassador Satch is owned by Harold Armstrong and trained by Rhea Pennella.
It gave Sanchez his 1,000th win from 9,492 starts. His mounts have earned nearly $16.3 million.
The San Diego native earned his first career win in 2000, a year in which he won a career-best 180 races. He hit his earnings peak in 2004, when his mounts won 104 races and earned over $2 million.
This year, Jesus Sanchez has a ledger of 199-18-12-12 with earnings of $306,642.