Cordero wins No. 7,000, again

October 18, 1991|By Bill Finley | Bill Finley,New York Daily News

ELMONT,N.Y. * — ELMONT, N.Y. -- Angel Cordero won his 7,000th career race at Belmont yesterday. Again. As far as some records are concerned, Cordero, just 21 days shy of his 49th birthday, moved into the record books as Don't Cross The Law galloped through the slop to win yesterday's eighth race.

In a situation that should have a sport greatly embarrassed, however, it turns out no one is quite sure how many winners Cordero has had. It was originally felt that records kept by the Daily Racing Form, from which the 7,000 figure was derived, were accurate.

Further research by the Form's rival publication, The Racing Times, revealed that as many as 293 winners may have been left out of Cordero's total. It is possible that winners from races in Cordero's native Puerto Rico were not included in the original total.

But no matter whose records are being used, he now has ridden at least 7,000 winners.

"It is a great accomplishment," said Cordero, who trails only Bill NTC Shoemaker and Laffit Pincay in terms of total career victories. "Only two people in the whole world have made it, and it's an honor to be close to them.

"This is my life. I love horses, I grew up with them. I wish I could ride forever, but I'm proud of what I've accomplished. How many 49-year-olds could say they accomplished something like this?"

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