Perry Outz became only the 22nd jockey to accomplish the feat of winning 5,000 races on Tuesday, August 21, 2007 aboard Kandinsky in the first race at River Downs. Outz is 53 years old, and has been riding race horses for 33 years, mostly locally at River Downs, Turfway Park, and Beulah Park outside of Columbus, Ohio. As of that race, Perry Outz had ridden 39,429 mounts, while earning purses over $29 million.
Perry Outz, known around here as “Scoot ‘Em and Boot ‘Em” accomplished his feat in the relative obscurity of the minor league horse racing that takes place at these race tracks. He’s a fan favorite, and well known for his propensity to scoot his charges out to a fast early lead. Outz joins several much more known riders in this elite group of 5,000 wins, including Mark Guidry, Russel Baze, Pat Day (retired), Laffit Pincay, Jr. (also retired), Willie Shoemaker (retired), and Earlie Fires.
The job of a jockey is a tough one, full of danger, and rough rides. The jockey is astride a 1,200 pound often high strung animal racing at speeds around 35 miles per hour, while often in a lot of traffic. It is quite an accomplishment to ride that many winners as well as to be so durable to be able to continue riding at age 53.
Congratulations Perry Outz!
- Click here for an article in the Daily Racing Form.
- Click here to read a similar post in The Thoroughbred Times.
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