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Johnny Velazquez rides 5,000th winner

Updated: June 14, 2013, 6:11 PM ET
Associated Press

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 to reach the plateau, with only victories in the U.S. and Canada counting in the total.

"Everybody says that when you get close to a big number you go into a slump. I started to believe it. `Maybe this is why I'm going so slow!" Velazquez said. ...

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