Guidry Closes Out 33-Year Career
by Jack Shinar
Date Posted: 11/10/2007 7:14:29 PM
Last Updated: 11/10/2007 9:17:01 PM

Mark Guidry
Photo: Churchill Downs/Reed Palmer
Jockey Mark Guidry closed out his 33-year riding career with one victory in five races at Churchill Downs Nov. 10.

He retires with 5,043 wins from 31,321 races, good for 21st on the all-time list of North American riders. He notched 330 career victories at Churchill Downs – a total that includes a victory in the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) aboard Lemons Forever in 2006. Guidry’s mounts earned $100,857,648 during his career.

Churchill Downs honored the 48-year-old native of Lafayette, La., during a special ceremony in the track’s winner’s circle earlier in the day.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to ride for 33 years – it is something that can’t be taken for granted,” said Guidry. “I want to thank all the fans because without them, there would be no racing. I’d like to thank the people that gave me all the opportunities and this group of guys that I rode against.”

In the Mrs. Revere Stakes, Guidry finished seventh aboard Bel Air Beauty. Guidry's final win came in the eighth race aboard the 5-2 favorite Eaton's Gift in a $50,000 allowance race at 7 furlongs for 2-year-olds. Dale Romans trains the son of Johannesburg for owner Zayat Stables.

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