Veteran rider Tracy Hebert recorded the 3,000th victory of his career in the fourth race at Evangeline Downs Racetrack and Casino Wednesday night. The 46-year-old native of Erath, La., rode My Foriels On to a 5 ½-length victory in a $25,000 claiming event, his only mount on the program. After beginning his career in Louisiana in 1979, Hebert won riding titles in the 1980's at Jefferson Downs and Delta Downs before relocating to Kentucky during the 1990 season. For the next decade, he was one of the top riders on that circuit capturing leading rider titles at both Ellis Park and Turfway Park. Returning to his home state in 2003, Hebert now splits his time between the Fairgrounds and Louisiana Downs, where he is currently the fifth leading rider.
Despite the inclement weather, his wife Angie and members of the Evangeline Downs jockey colony joined Hebert in the winner's circle. Also in the winner's circle making a presentation to Hebert in honor of his career milestone was Jason Boulet, the tracks' racing secretary. Making her first start in a claiming race, My Foriels On, a Louisiana bred 4-year-old daughter of My Mike, recorded her third lifetime victory in seventeen starts. Owned and bred by Mike Meeks, she is trained by Brian House and covered the seven furlongs on a sloppy track in 1:24 3/5.