Longtime Chicago-based jockey Chris Emigh notched the 3,000th victory of his career when he guided John Reinhart’s Thanks Lord for trainer Frank Kirby to a 1 3/4-length win in the fourth race May 30 at Arlington Park.
Emigh was joined in the winner’s circle by his wife Kim, son Hunter, daughter Taylor and agent Jay Fedor as well as his fellow riders and Arlington Park executives as a video played saluting the milestone score as well as highlights of his entire career.
“This was the best name for the horse to do it on – Thanks Lord,” said Emigh. “I was riding 10 (races) today and if I didn’t (get the milestone win) I’d be fired. I want to thank my agent Jay Fedor and all the trainers who rode me especially Frank Kirby, Christine Janks, Brian Williamson and Scott Becker.”
The 38-year-old resident of Elburn, Ill., was the 2006 riding champion at Arlington Park and has been a mainstay on the Chicago circuit since 1996.