Thoroughbred trainer David Van Winkle recorded the 1,000th victory of his career when longshot Charlie Again and jockey Hugo Sanchez won the fifth race Thursday at Canterbury Park.
Van Winkle’s training career began in 1989 in Nebraska. He now trains primarily at Turf Paradise in Phoenix, Ariz. and at Canterbury. Van Winkle, 54, won the training title at the Shakopee, Minn. racetrack in 1995, 2002 and 2003. He was inducted into the Canterbury Park Hall of Fame in 2006. From 2001 to 2004, Van Winkle trained four consecutive Canterbury Horses of the Year in Shot of Gold, J. P. Jet, Prime Step, and Chisholm.
The milestone win came in Van Winkle’s 6,750th start. His runners have earned more than $10.9 million in purse money.