Jockey Alonso Quinonez Wins 1,000th Career Horse Race
Jockey Alonso Quinonez recorded his 1,000th career victory when Magic Castle won the seventh race on Saturday at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minn.
Quinonez began his racing career at Louisiana Downs in 2006 and won his first race at Churchill Downs in November of that year. “When I won my first race I remember it like it was yesterday. I was so green. I didn’t know what I was doing,” Quinonez said.
The 39-year-old jockey is an 11-time graded stakes winner including the Grade 1 Humana Distaff in 2008 at Churchill. Quinonez now primarily rides at Canterbury Park and Tampa Bay Downs.
“I love it here,” Quinonez said of Canterbury Park. “I’m really, really glad I won my one thousandth race here.”
The milestone win came in Quinonez’s 9,378th start. His mounts have earned more than $32.8 million in purses.