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E. T. Baird Picks Up 2,000th Win

| Churchill Downs Communications | 07/17/2009 #

Longtime Chicago-based jockey E. T. Baird notched the 2,000th victory of his career when he guided John Karakourtis's Bond Street for trainer Hugh Robertson to a 2 1/2-length win in the second race Friday at Arlington Park.

Baird was joined in the winner's circle by family, friends, and agent Michelle Barsotti as well as his fellow riders and Arlington Park executives as a video played saluting the milestone score as well as highlights of his entire career.

"Great milestone," said Baird after the victory.  "This is a great place to do it. I grew up here and I wouldn't want to have gotten it anywhere else."

The 42-year-old native of Arlington Heights was the 1996 riding champion at Hawthorne while still an apprentice and has been a mainstay on the Chicago circuit virtually his entire career.  He entered Friday's card as the meet's leading jockey with an eight-win advantage over his closest rival.