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Jockey celebrates 27th birthday with $5M win

Updated: November 3, 2012, 10:52 PM ET
Associated Press

ARCADIA, Calif. -- Jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. had more than one reason to celebrate at the Breeders' Cup on Saturday.

Not only did he turn 27 years old, he won the $5 million Classic about Fort Larned.

"This is the greatest birthday present ever," he said.

Hernandez rebounded this year after suffering a shoulder injury at Ellis Park last summer. He spent some of his recovery time cleaning stalls.

He won the Eclipse Award for the top apprentice jockey in 2004 after graduating ...

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