(Edited press release)
Jockey Martin Pedroza won a record seven races on the opening day of Fairplex Park's meet Sept. 5 and in the process earned his 3,000th career victory.
The seven bagger ties the California record for most victories on a single program, held jointly by Laffit Pincay Jr. and Victor Espinoza. Pedroza's seven triumphs also eclipsed the former Pomona mark held by David Flores, who won six races Sept. 20, 1992.
The Panamanian-born Pedroza came to Fairplex one winner shy of a 3,000 wins, and got that on his first ride of the meet, guiding Airplane Attendant ($7.60) to a neck victory in the second race.
He proceeded to visit the charmed circle six more times with Ghosttrapper ($3.80), Kula Girl ($3), Mandate Habit ($7.20), One Track Mind ($3.60), Bad Boy ($7.20) and Trevor's Clever ($6.40).
On reaching 3,000 winners Pedroza said, "Winning at Fairplex is very special to me. I wanted to do it at Del Mar because of the all the competition, but I don't mind winning here. Fairplex has been special to me."