Jockey Joe Bravo, who holds nearly all the riding records at Monmouth Park, rode the 1,000th winner of his career there Friday, guiding G. Watts Humphrey Jr.'s Shawnee Sunrise to a head victory in the $39,000 allowance feature.
Bravo, who is looking for a ninth riding title at Monmouth, brought his total for the meet to 36 aboard Shawnee Sunrise.
The mare by Roar, trained by Vicki Oliver, raced the one mile on turf in 1:39 1/5 and paid $4.20, $2.60 and $2.40 across the board as the favorite in the field of eight fillies and mares. Hannie's Candy, who was just headed for the win, completed the $17.60 exacta.
Bravo had to survive a claim of foul entered by Rafael Mojica Jr., who was aboard third finisher Coquina Bay. Mojica alleged interference in the stretch, but the stewards allowed the result to stand.
"I'm just glad I have a lot of trainers that have been behind me through the years," Bravo said. "And I thank them for getting me to this point. I'm just happy to be back in the saddle. Jersey is home. No matter where I am, when May rolls around there's no other place I'd like to be."
Bravo is the first rider to ever hit the 1,000-winner mark at Monmouth Park. He began riding regularly at Monmouth in 1991, when he won the first of his record eight riding titles. His last two seasons at Monmouth Park were cut short by injury when he suffered a broken leg in 2001 and a fractured wrist in 2002.
Bravo also holds the Monmouth record for most wins in a day with six, which he accomplished in 1994 and 2002.