AJockey Tim Doocy added his name to an elite list by becoming the 37th rider to win 4,000 races when he guided Seaside Hero to a one-length victory in Thursday's third race at Arlington International Racecourse.
Breaking from the rail, Doocy kept Seaside Hero in the middle of the pack for the first half-mile of the one-mile race, edged his horse to the outside around the second turn, took command in mid-stretch and held sway the late rally of runner-up Trailer Man.
Doocy said he was glad to have the win behind him. "I've had a lot of winners that took longer than this one, but nobody noticed," Doocy said referring to his week-long slump prior to the milestone win.
Following the win, the 44-year-old journeyman was joined in the winner's circle by his fellow riders, who sprayed him with champagne. Doocy's brother Dan, a racing official, was also in the winner's circle. "My uncle, the one started me riding, came in last week and canceled a couple of plane flights to stay for (win No. 4,000)," Doocy added. "Finally, I told him you better just go on home—when it happens it happens."
Doocy rode his first winner at Commodore Downs in Erie, Penn., in 1974, is in his second tour of duty at Arlington, having previously ridden here in the mid-1980s. During his career, Doocy has ridden 13 stakes winner, including two grade III stakes winners, Well Noted and Fiesty Countess.
Doocy has captured riding titles at Oaklawn Park in Arkansas, Remington Park in Oklahoma and Longacres in Washington.