Midwest-Based Houghton Posts Win 5,000

Houghton has been riding for 26 years and registered many of his wins in Michigan.

Veteran jockey T.D. Houghton registered the 5,000th win of his career May 4 when he guided 3-5 favorite Mambo Galliano, owned and trained by Shane Spiess, to a 6 1/2-length victory in a $4,000 claiming race at Thistledown.

Based mostly in the Midwest throughout his 26-year career, the hard-working Houghton wasted no time adding to that total. Riding the evening card at Mountaineer Casino Racetrack and Resort, Houghton guided Richard Fox's Storm Love to a clear victory in the opener there, a $5,000 claiming race.

Originally from Michigan, Houghton is the 27th rider to reach the 5,000-victory milestone. He ranked 21st in wins last year and since 2000 has finished in the top 10 by wins in four seasons: 2000, 2001, 2004, and 2005.

On five different occasions, Houghton won at least three Michigan Sire Stakes on a single day at Detroit Race Course in 1997 and 1998, when he won four; and Great Lakes Downs in 1999, when he won four; 2001, and 2006. He has won 168 stakes races in his career.