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Carlos Silva Picks Up North American Win No. 3,500

| Churchill Downs Communications | 08/22/2009 #

Longtime Chicago-based jockey Carlos Silva, third on Arlington's list of all-time leading riders, notched the 3,500th North American victory of his career when he guided Ben Barnow's Iris Germanica for trainer Richard Hazelton to a 1 3/4-length win in the third race Friday at Arlington Park.

Silva was joined in the winner's circle by family, friends, and trainer Hazelton who gave Silva a leg up on many of his 3,500 wins as well as valets and his fellow riders.

The 53-year-old native of Santiago, Chile, won approximately 250 races in South America before coming to the United States in 1978. He has been a mainstay on the Chicago circuit ever since with the majority of his 3,500 North American wins coming at Arlington, Hawthorne Race Course and Sportsman's Park.