Emile Ramsammy Records 2,000th Victory

Woodbine jockey reaches milestone with Perfect Student in the eighth race.

(from Woodbine report)

Jockey Emile Ramsammy tallied his 2,000th career victory with 2-year-old Perfect Student in the eighth race at Woodbine Nov. 29.

A two-time Sovereign Award winner and two-time leading rider at Woodbine, Ramsammy partnered with Greg De Gannes and owner Pamela Edel in the $25,000 claiming race to reach the milestone.

He joins Jim McAleney, Robert Landry, and Patrick Husbands as Woodbine riders who have reached the 2,000-win mark this year.

"It's a nice achievement," said Ramsammy. "It speaks for itself. It wasn't something I thought about when I started out. I started riding and I just wanted to win."

As for the milestone, Ramsammy was grateful to get the victory at a place he knows well.

"It's nice to do it here at home," he added.

It wasn't surprising how Ramsammy got the young colt into the winner circle. He employed his usual aggressive style, sending him straight to the front in the seven-furlong event.

A native of Trinidad, Ramsammy is hailed as one of the best jockeys ever produced in the Caribbean after winning three Cockspur Gold Cups and establishing several riding records through the 1980s.

The Brampton resident has won several high profile races throughout his career, including the 1996 Queen's Plate with Victor Cooley and the 2006 edition with Edenwold.

Last year, Ramsammy, who'll celebrate his 47th birthday Dec. 11, finished fifth in the standings, recording 102 wins.

Ramsammy won his first lifetime race aboard Blue Grass in May of 1980 in Trinidad.