Jockey Horacio Karamanos, a familiar face in the Maryland riding scene, celebrated Father’s Day by winning his 2,000th career race at Laurel Park. He accomplished the feat on top of Liquid Aloha in a $28,000 starter optional claiming race for three-year-olds.
“I was not nervous but I am excited to make it,” said Karamanos, “I feel inspired because everyone was saying, ‘C’mon, 1,999,’ so I had to do it. I made it and I’m happy because 2,000 races—it’s hard to get that.
“Someday my daughter is going to be a mother and she can say, ‘Look at what your granddaddy did,'” added the jubilant jockey. “You show them the picture because the picture is going to be forever. I wanted my family to stay with me in this moment. I feel happy for them, very emotional. Laurel is my home.”
It was an early birthday present for the Argentina jockey, who will turn 44 on June 28. Prior to his move to South Florida in 2000, Karamanos was a top rider in his home country, winning over 1,500 races in Argentina. His first stateside win was at the track formally known as the Calder Race Course. His first riding title came in 2002, and he has won five individual riding tiles in Maryland. His career earnings has crossed the $50 million threshold.
One of Karamanos’ career highlight occurred on October 26, 2002, when he won seven races on one single card at Laurel Park, which tied a track record.