Trainer Ramon Preciado had just one starter yesterday. But that was all he needed.
Fantastic Voyage, a horse he trains for Barbara Hopkins, powered home to a 7 1/4 length score in a first-level allowance at Parx Racing yesterday to give Preciado the 1,000th victory of his training career. Pablo Fragoso was in the irons in the 1 mile 70 yard test.
Preciado now has 1,000 victories from 4,303 career starts, with purse earnings of more than $25 million.
He took out his trainer’s license in 1991 and trained in relative obscurity until the mid-2000s. In 2011, he recorded his first 100-plus year when his horses won 105 times in 376 starts.
So far in 2015, his runners have won 54 of 167 starts (32.3 percent) and earned more than $1.3 million. He is currently on pace to have the best year of his career.
His brother, Guadalupe, is also a trainer based at Parx Racing.