Jockey Floyd Wethey, Jr. won for the 1,000th time in his career Thursday night, winning the fourth race in wire-to-wire fashion aboard Elijah Anet at Remington Park.

Wethey gives credit for reaching the milestone to the support of those around him and riding for 14 years, relatively without injury.

“I started riding when I was 17 and I had always hoped to reach milestones like this,” said Wethey, who calls both Bluejacket, Okla. and Oklahoma City his homes. “It’s a great milestone and not a whole lot of people do it. I’ve had a lot of help. I thank the good Lord that I have so many friends and family that support me.”

Wethey went straight to the lead in the irons of Elijah Anet and made every pole a winning one in the 5-1/2 furlongs race for claiming $7,500 Oklahoma-bred horses, 3-years-old and older. They covered the distance with fractions of :21.98 seconds for the first quarter-mile, :45.48 for the half-mile and :57.93 for five furlongs before winning in a time of 1:04.64. The betting public sent the 4-year-old gelding by Silver City, out of the Anet mare Sister Anet, off at 5-2 odds and he paid $7.80 to win, $4.40 to place and $3.80 to show.

“I’ve ridden a lot of great horses that gave me thrills, winning Oklahoma Classics races and other stakes,” said Wethey. “I had Reel Chrome, Steal Your Face and Okie Ride and they all are very special. Hey, I even get attached to the claimers. Reel Chrome, she was tough as nails.”

He will certainly always remember one claimer, Elijah Anet.

“The meet has been great so far; (agent) Bubba (Wood) has gotten me on some good horses and I’ve been lucky enough to win a few,” he said. “Looking back, I’ve won two or three riding titles at Claremore (Will Rogers Downs) and three or four in Tulsa (Fair Meadows. I’m just going to keep on keeping on.”

Wethey began riding in 2007, winning 21 races his first year and $198,195. He quickly boosted that to 83 wins the next year with his horses winning $1,342,941. Twelve of the 14 years of riding his horses have surpassed $1 million in earnings. His biggest year came in 2018 when they banked $2,040,568. He has surpassed 100 wins in a year twice – 109 in 2009 and 103 in 2017.

Jackpot Payoffs
The Pick 5 was the most lucrative payout of the Remington Park season so far on Thursday night as one patron took down the entire pool and was paid $43,839.10. The winning horses in the racing sequence of races 1-5 were Grand Royale in the first at 3-1 odds, Tavner in the second at 16-1, Major Shipman in the third at 12-1, Elijah Anet in the fourth at 5-2 and Fetchum Ketchum in the fifth at 4-1. The numbered sequence was 8-3-7-6-4.

Remington Park racing continues Friday and Saturday night, Sept. 18 & 19, with the first race underway nightly at 7:07pm-Central.

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