Jockey Jon Court after his 3,000th career victory.

Jockey Jon Court after his 3,000th career victory.


Jon Court Collects 3,000th Career Victory

Jockey Jon Court got his 3,000th career win in Thursday's final race at Santa Anita Park aboard 10-1 shot Brite Lorelei.

Court, a 44-year-old Florida native who won riding titles in Arkansas and Indiana before coming to Santa Anita last year, reached the milestone 25 years to the day after his 1980 maiden win at Centennial Park, Colorado.

"It seemed like a long time waiting," said Court, who won number 2,999 nearly two weeks ago on March 26. "I feel very honored and privileged to do it here at Santa Anita. This is the ultimate place to win it. I just wanted to get this behind me so we could go on to number 3,001."

Brite Lorelei, trained by Steve Knapp, won a stretch duel with Do Da Princess after sticking her head in front at the half-mile pole. She pulled away late under Court's urging to win by 1 ½ lengths.

Court said his 2003 victory in the $2 million Japan Cup (Jpn-I) on Fleetstreet Dancer was the best of the 3,000. He rode Fleetstreet Dancer, a 48-1 longshot, for Santa Anita's leading trainer Doug O'Neill, who played a key role in convincing Court to come to California.

Court's biggest recent win in California came on March 5 at Santa Anita in the Frank E. Kilroe Mile (gr. IT) aboard Leroidesanimaux for trainer Bobby Frankel.