Jock Andrew Wolfsont nets 1,000th win

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Jockey Andrew Wolfsont registered the 1,000th victory of his riding career April 20 at Parx Racing. The win came aboard Terry’s Charm in the 11th and final race of the day.

In a mile-and-70-yard claiming race, Terry’s Charm was away a bit slowly and well off the fast early tempo set by Diesel. Terry’s Charm was sixth and more than 10 lengths back after a half-mile in a sharp 46.77 seconds and still sixth after three quarters in 1:12.69.

But the nine-year-old gelding began to advance on the far turn, spun into the lane four wide, and closed well outside rivals to win by three parts of a length. Running time over a fast main track was 1:45.32.

It was the 16th win of Terry’s Charm’s career, and he’s made over $413,000 from 77 career outings. He’s trained by Ron Abrams, who also co-owns Terry’s Charm with son Jack. He paid $18.60 to win. The victory was Wolfsont’s second of the day; he also won the second race aboard Dubrovsky for trainer Howard Brown, Jr.

“Cloud 9 right now after winning 2 on the day at Parx which gave me number 999 and 1000 career wins!!” he wrote on Facebook. “Thank you to all the connections and everyone else who works incredibly hard every day in this sport.”

Wolfsont, a native of Ballston Spa, NY, had raced most of his career at Penn National. But in mid-March, he announced a shift of tack, to Parx Racing. He’d missed the first two months of the 2022 season after undergoing hernia surgery in December.

  • 1,000 career wins for Andrew Wolfsont. Photo by Nikki Sherman/EQUI-Photo.
  • 1,000 career wins for Andrew Wolfsont. Photo by Nikki Sherman/EQUI-Photo.

So far this season, Wolfsont has won with three of 40 starters, amassing $105,519 in earnings. In his career, his 1,000 wins have come in 6,842 starts; his mounts have generated nearly $21 million in purse earnings.

Wolfsont began his career in 2011, going winless in 39 tries. Finally, on January 3, 2012, he lodged his first victory, scoring by a nose aboard 10-1 shot Blazing Honor for trainer Charlie Frock in a Charles Town claiming race.

Wolfsont went on to win 94 races that season. The following year, he won 115 times, the first of six consecutive 100-win seasons for the rider. He hit career highs with 127 wins and purse earnings of more than $2.7 million in 2015.

Wolfsont has won six stakes in his career, according to Equibase. His most recent came aboard Mandate in the November 2021 Artie Schiller Stakes at Aqueduct. Three of those stakes wins came aboard Rose Tree, the Jonathan Sheppard trainee whom he guided to more than $300,000 in earnings.