Ron Warren Rides 3,000th Winner

(from track report)
Jockey Ron Warren, Jr. reached a career milestone Thursday at Golden Gate Fields when he scored his 3,000th career victory aboard Tin And Tonic in the seventh race.

Warren, who entered the day with 2,997 victories, swept the first two races with At The Copa ($2.60 to win) and Yankee Pirate ($4.60) and then completed a hat trick when he guided Tin And Tonic ($5.80) to a front-running win in the seventh.

Warren, who will celebrate his 39th birthday Monday, began his riding career in 1982 and has consistently ranked among the top 10 jockeys in Northern California since 1983.

Warren has ridden 20,687 races and his mounts have earned more than $51 million in purses. In addition to his 3,000 wins, he has 2,955 seconds and 2,927 thirds.

"I'm not really goal oriented," said Warren. "I just come out and do the job because I love doing it and it's been good to me. I'm happy it (reaching 3,000 wins) happened at this meet because I've had a pretty good meeting."

Warren is third in the jockey standings at the 2002-2003 Golden Gate Fields meeting with 69 victories.

Tin And Tonic is trained by William E. Morey, who also conditions Yankee Pirate. Gene Johnson owns Tin And Tonic, a 4-year-old gelding who has five wins in 11 career races.

(Chart, Equibase)