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TIM DOOCY EARNS 4,000TH VICTORY

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. --- Jockey Tim Doocy became the 37th rider to win 4,000 races when he guided Seaside Hero to a one-length victory in Thursday's third race at Arlington International Racecourse.

"Naturally, I'm glad to get it behind me, but it's a great feeling," said Doocy, snapping a weeklong slump with the milestone victory. "I've had a lot of winners that took longer than this one, but nobody noticed."

After receiving an engraved watch to commemorate the occasion from Arlington Chairman Richard L. Duchossois and Vice-Presidents Frank Gabriel Jr. and Bill Thayer, Doocy was joined in the winner's circle by his fellow riders, who sprayed him with champagne. Doocy's brother Dan, a racing official, was also in the winner's circle.

"My uncle, the one started me riding, came in last week and canceled a couple of plane flights to stay for (win No. 4,000)," Doocy added. "Finally, I told him you better just go on home --- when it happens it happens."

Breaking from the rail, Doocy kept Seaside Hero in the middle of the pack for the first half-mile of the one-mile race, edged his horse to the outside around the second turn, took command in mid-stretch and held sway the late rally of runner-up Trailer Man.

The 44-year-old Minnesota-born but Iowa-raised reinsman, who rode his first winner at Commodore Downs in Erie, Pennsylvania in 1974, is in his second tour of duty at Arlington, having previously ridden here in the mid-1980s. Doocy has captured riding titles at Oaklawn Park in Arkansas, Remington Park in Oklahoma and Longacres in Washington.

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