Jockey LeBlanc Earns 3,000th Career Win

Milestone triumph comes at Delta Downs for 40-year-old Louisiana rider.

Jockey Kirk LeBlanc collected his 3,000th lifetime victory when he guided Dazzling N Red to a front-running 1 1/4-length victory in the 10th  race at Delta Downs on the night of Jan. 31.

The milestone win came in a $5,000 claiming race for older fillies and mares at the track where LeBlanc won his first race on Dec. 1, 1984. LeBlanc sent Dazzling N Red to the front soon after the start of the one-mile dirt race. The 5-year-old Texas-bred daughter of Olmos raced close to the rail, building a three-length lead in the stretch, winning while kept to the task by LeBlanc at odds of 3-1.

The 40-year-old jockey needed three wins going into the Delta Downs program to reach the mark. He won the seventh race with favored Scion and the eighth with Fashion Girl to move within one victory.

LeBlanc, a native of Crowley, Louisiana who resides in Haughton, Louisiana, has 113 career stakes victories. In 1994, he won both the Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. III) and the Fantasy Stakes with Two Altazano. He has totaled purse earnings of more than $38 million in his career from 23,504 mounts.

He currently ranks fifth in the Delta Downs jockey standings with 37 victories.