Top Arlington Rider Santana Gets 1,000th Win

Puerto Rico native reaches milestone with third victory on the program July 8.

Jockey Jozbin Santana notched the 1,000th victory of his career July 8 when he guided Clocker Bob to a four-length win for trainer James DiVito in the seventh race at Arlington Park.

Santana, known as "J.Z" around the Arlington backstretch, capped a three-win day to reach the milestone. He picked up win No. 998 aboard odds-on favorite Third Chance, also trained by DiVito, in the first race, and tallied No. 999 astride 22-1 shot Hot Kitten in the sixth race for trainer Michele Boyce.

He rode Clocker Bob to a front-running victory at odds of 3-1 for owners DiVito, Vince Swartz, and Joe Paglini. Clocker Bob, a 3-year-old Kentucky-bred gelding by Bandini, completed the $25,000 maiden claiming race at six furlongs in 1:13.61 over the Polytrack.

Santana was joined in the winner’s circle by agent Penny Ffitch-Heyes, Arlington officials, and his fellow riders as a video played saluting the milestone score as well as highlights of his career since coming to Chicago to ride last year.

“I’m very happy and I want to give all the glory to God,” Santana said. “I thank everybody here in Chicago that has been treating me very good and giving me live mounts. I appreciate everything that everyone has done for me.”

A 32-year-old native of Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico, Santana just became the father of a baby girl named Joshinelli, who was born July 4. Currently leading the standings at Arlington, he also tied for top rider honors at Hawthorne Race Course this spring.