ARCADIA, Calif. — Jockey Kent Desormeaux rallied X S Gold over the final furlong at Santa Anita to earn his 6,000th career victory.
The 48-year-old Hall of Famer won the first race by a head for trainer Jim Cassidy on Sunday to reach the plateau.
Desormeaux won his first race at Evangeline Downs in his native Louisiana on July 13, 1986. He soon moved to Maryland and went on to be the nation’s leading rider in 1987 with 450 victories. Two years later, he again led the nation with 598 wins. In 1990, he relocated to Southern California.
He has won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness three times each, the Belmont once and has six Breeders’ Cup victories.
Desormeaux says he’s now taking aim at Eddie Delahoussaye, who ranks 15th all-time with 6,383 victories. He would also like to win two more Kentucky Derbies to tie Eddie Arcaro and Bill Hartack’s mark of five each.