Alex Birzer became the second jockey to win 1,000 races at Prairie Meadows Racetrack & Casino June 24 when he won the fourth race with Lazeka.
Birzer is second to Glenn Corbett, who has 1,286 victories at the Iowa racetrack. Through June 24 Birzer had won 975 Thoroughbred races and 25 Quarter Horse races at Prairie Meadows.
“It’s special,” Birzer said of the milestone. “It’s tough to have that much success at one track over the years. It has been a lot of hard work. I have a good agent and a lot of good people behind me.”
Birzer, leading rider at the current meet, first rode at Prairie Meadows in 1996. He was the leading rider at the mixed meet from 2006-08 and co-leading rider during the 2010 Thoroughbred meet.
Birzer set a record for consecutive wins at Prairie Meadows by winning the first five races on Sept. 2, 2007. He won his 1,000th and 2,000th career races at Prairie Meadows.