Ken Tohill became the 161st jockey to reach 3,000 North American victories after mounting Mag to a half-length win at Prairie Meadows. Later, Tohill got his second horse racing win of the day jockeying Vow to Wager.
The 50-year-old jockey is a native of Pleasanton, Calif and began his riding career in 1978. He won his 2,000th race at Sunland Park in New Mexico in 2006. As of July 13, Ken Tohill has amassed 23,001 mounts, earning 2,812 seconds and 2,859 third places. His mounts have earned more than $43 million in prize winnings for owners over the years.
In other news, jockey Lee Newman was hit with a 28-day ban after Newbury stewards found him guilty of dropping his hands. Newman was mounting the Jonathan Portman-trained Russian Rave (9-2 betting odds) in the chrisbeekracing.com EBF Fillies' Handicap when the jockey briefly appeared to look up and stop riding with under a furlong out.
The stewards concluded that Newman’s mistake cost the mare the victory in a horserace that was determined by no more than a head in the finish line. Lee Newman will be suspended from July 28 to August 24.