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Velazquez reaches 5,000 victories mark at Belmont Park

The Canadian Press

6/14/2013 6:06:48 PM

NEW YORK -- Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez reached 5,000 career victories Friday at Belmont Park.

Velazquez, 41-years-old, was a perfect 3 for 3 on day, hitting the milestone with Galloping Giraffe, his final mount. He is the 28th rider in the U.S. and Canada to hit that plateau.

He also guided San Pablo to victory in the $90,000 Criminal Type Stakes, the 10th win in 18 starts for the 5-year-old trained by Todd Pletcher. The time was 1:41.14 for the 1 1/16 miles as San Pablo beat Hymn Book by 3 1/2 lengths.

San Pablo paid $11, $3.50 and $2.30. Hymn Book returned $2.60 and $2.10, and Mucho Macho Man, second in last year's Breeders' Cup Classic, paid $2.10 to show.