Jockey Carlos L. Castro after his 1,000th win.

Jockey Carlos L. Castro after his 1,000th win.

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Jockey Carlos Castro Hits 1,000-Win Mark

Puerto Rican has been riding in U.S. for 12 years.

Jockey Carlos L. Castro secured the 1,000th victory of his career June 27 when he guided Riseseastsetswest to a neck win in the 10th race at Canterbury Park (VIDEO). 
 
The 4-year-old Harlan's Holiday gelding battled a front-running rival down the stretch to prevail in the final stride in the one-mile and 70-yard claiming race for Bruce Reicken, who trains for Veterans Racing Stable.   
 
Castro got his first career winner in 2001 at El Comandante after graduating from the jockey school in his native Puerto Rico. He has been riding in the U.S. for 12 years.
 
"It feels amazing," Castro said after the milestone victory. "I've been waiting four or five weeks. I knew it was coming."
 
Castro's 9,683 mounts have earned more than $17 million in purses.