Jordan Stratton scores 5,000th career victory

Yonkers, NY — Driver Jordan Stratton won four races on Thursday night (Sept. 29) at Yonkers Raceway, with the third of them representing the 5,000th victory of his career.

Last year’s leading driver at Yonkers, Stratton captured race three with Poppy Drayton N, a 9-year-old Bettor’s Delight mare, for his brother and trainer Cory in 1:55.1 and then teamed up with Dennis Laterza’s E R Hilary, an 8-year-old daughter of Always A Virgin, to take the fourth dash in 1:56.1.

Jordan Stratton was joined in the winner’s circle by his brother Cory and sister-in-law Vicki to celebrate his 5,000th career victory. Nathan Armfield photo.

That put Stratton on the verge of his milestone, and he wouldn’t have to wait long, as Reachthruthesky AS, a 4-year-old McArdle mare, took the sixth race in 1:53.3 to give him No. 5,000.

Stratton would then get started on the next thousand by taking the nightcap with Darran Cassar’s Starlit Rambo, a 3-year-old Jailhouse Jesse gelding, in 1:56.1.

Stratton is second in the standings this year at Yonkers and during his driving career his charges have earned more than $87.2 million.

In other news from the Thursday card, nobody had six-of-six in the Pick-6, resulting in a carryover of $3,463.04 on Friday night’s (Sept. 30) program. A $1 base wager, the Pick-6 begins every night in the third race and has a takeout rate of 20 percent.

Starting next week, Yonkers will switch to a six nights per week schedule, with racing on Monday through Saturday. That format will continue until the week of Oct. 17 when Saturday becomes a dark day and the oval returns to racing on a Monday-Friday basis. Post time is 6:55 p.m.

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