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Oklahoma jockey becomes winningest jockey in American Quarter Horse history

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Courtesy: Gay Harris, Ruidoso Downs

OKLAHOMA CITY – History was made at Ruidoso Down, New Mexico during the fifth trial for the Grade 1 Ruidoso Futurity.

Oklahoma jockey, G.R. Carter, became the winningest jockey in American Quarter Horse history.

Carter has won 3,632 overall Quarter Horse races in his career.

Carter says he enjoyed the chase for the all-time record.

“My goodness, how often will this happen? Twenty-five years? Thirty years?” Carter said. “There is only one way to win a race and that is one at a time. This record was set over the long haul, by being as good as I can be every day.”

Prior to Carter’s win on Friday, Alvin “Bubba” Brossette held the jockey record for American Quarter Horse race wins.

Brossette, who rode primarily in Louisiana, closed his jockey career with 3,631 American Quarter Horse race wins.

G.R. Carter Career Highlights

1986—Carter graduated Pawhuska, Okla. high school and moved to Sallisaw, Okla. to become a full-time jockey at Blue Ribbon Downs.
1997—All American Derby win by Carter aboard Dashing Perfection.
1998—Carter wins the All American Futurity for the first time abroad Falling In Love again.
2008—For the second time in his career, Carter wins the All American Futurity aboard Stolis Winner. Carter sets a new AQHA single-season earnings record of more than $5 million. The previous AQHA single-season earnings record was $4.5 million which Carter had set. This same year, Carter broke his own record of single-meet record wins at Remington Park with 98.
2009—Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry declares May 31 as G. R. Carter Day.
2013—Carter is awarded the Sam Thompson Memorial Jockey Award.
2014—Carter became the winningest jockey in American Quarter Horse history.

Carter also has been named American Quarter Horse Associations World Champion Jockey 10 times in his career including six years consecutively from 2003-2008.

Overall, he has 23,000 mounts aboard American Quarter Horses, also a record.

He has been the leading jockey at Remington Park a record 16 times.

Remington Park is regularly home to over 30 jockeys that race American Quarter Horses, including G.R. Carter. The 2014 American Quarter Horse season started in March and the last race date for this season is Sunday, June 1. For more information on horse racing at Remington Park, please visit: www.remingtonpark.com.