Win No. 2,500 for Canadian Rider David Clark

(from Woodbine report)
Hours after hearing that his hot Labatt Woodbine Oaks prospect, Nashinda, would not be entered in Sunday's key 3-year-old filly race, jockey David Clark made up for some of the disappointment by winning his 2,500th career race Friday at Woodbine.

Clark guided Devils Right Hand to a 2 3/4-length win for trainer Nick Gonzalez, and owner M.A.D. Racing Stables and Martha Gonzalez, in the day's first race to get number 2,500.

The 50-year-old, who won two Queen's Plates in his career aboard Fiddle Dancer Boy in 1981 and La Lorgnette in 1985, followed that with number 2,501 in the day's third aboard Proximos.

"It's a nice thing to achieve," said Clark, who also earned a Sovereign Award as Canada's top jockey in 1998 and an Avelino Gomez Memorial Award nod in 1999. "Once you're done, you'll look back and say, 'That wasn't too bad.' (Being a jockey) is not a bad job at all."

Devils Right Hand paid $4.00 to win.

Clark started 2004 with 2,473 lifetime wins and now has 28 at the current Woodbine meet.

Nashinda expected to vie for favoritism in the Oaks but suffered a foot injury Thursday and will not compete in the 1 1/8-mile event, which drew five horses on Friday.