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June 14, 2004     E-mail this page to a friend!

Photo: by Jack Coady

Corbett Double the 'Charm' in Memorial Day's 2000 Riding Milestone

ALTOONA, IA-Glenn Corbett's riding double during Monday's Memorial Day card at Prairie Meadows was the 'Charm' that carried the Prairie Meadows jockey to his 2000 career riding milestone.

Corbett tallied win number 2000 in Race 4 aboard the Dick Clark trainee, betting favorite Charmer Mac, owned by Maggi Moss of Des Moines. Corbett and Charmer Mac covered ?-mile in one minute, 11.82 seconds, soundly walloping their seven rivals by more than a dozen lengths in maiden claiming conditions. The horse is a 3-year-old gelding sired by Peruvian out of the Tsunami Slew mare, Shining Sherry. Bill Justice and Ted Taylor foaled Charmer Mac in Kentucky on March 24, 2001.

The rider colony celebrated Corbett's victory in the winner's circle. After Corbett dismounted from Charmer Mac, he spoke briefly to Moss, and then gave the 'high-5' to Jordan and Brett Birzer, the daughter and son of jockey Alex Birzer.

"We're just good friends," Corbett said of the Birzers. "I always see them around the racetrack and say 'hi' to them."

Corbett also depleted a stash of old riding goggles, tossing them to the crowd before returning to the jockey quarters. As the rider walked the restricted pathway, fans stuck their hands out to congratulate him.

Corbett said he wasn't worried about reaching the mark.

"I have just been so busy," he said. "I've been winning about one race a day, so I knew it was going to come sooner or later. I wasn't really that stressed-out about it. I've just been going to work and doing my job."

Corbett said he was pleased to win on one of Maggi Moss's horses.

"She's been very loyal to me," Corbett said of Moss. "We do a lot of business with her. It was just nice that it ended up on one of her horses that she owned and one that Dick Clark trained. This is my main stable that I ride for and they've been very loyal to me over the years. I owe a lot of this to my agent, Bobby Dean, who has done such a good job of handling my business for me. He's helped me achieve this goal."

Corbett recorded his first of three wins on Monday, number 1999, in the $21,000 allowance opener aboard Mr. Mingo, a 4-year-old Iowa Thoroughbred saddled by Dick Clark on behalf of Leroy Gessmann of Grand Slam Racing Stables.

Corbett returned to Moss and Clark in Race 6, scoring the triple on Lali's Cat in 1:12.14.
Moss, Clark, and Corbett currently lead the respective standings at Prairie Meadows.

Corbett began his career in Pennsylvania in 1985, making his debut at Prairie Meadows in 1989. The rider has been in a headlock this season for first place on the jockey roster with Tim Doocy and Terry Thompson.

Ken Shino reached 2000 wins earlier this season on April 23.

There are nearly six weeks left in the current season, which ends July 4.


ALTOONA, IA—”D. Wayne Lukas told me to always be ready and carry a pen.”
—-Hall of Fame jockey Pat Day, upon his arrival in Altoona, drawing a permanent marker from his pocket to sign autographs at Monday evening’s reception in his honor at Prairie Meadows. Day will visit young patients at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines on Tuesday, where he will be the celebrity reader of the day. At 6:15 p.m. [CDT] on Tuesday, Day will ride in Race 8.


Prairie Meadows Equine Art & Book Signing Fair on June 26 Features Local, National Talents

From 4-10 p.m. on Saturday, June 26, Prairie Meadows visitors will have an opportunity to purchase works by local and national authors and artists in the first ever Equine Art & Book Signing Fair.

Participants in the event located in Altoona, Iowa, include: novelist Betsy Berns; equine photographer Jack Coady, Jr.; painters and linear artists Ginny Harding, James Navarro, and Cheri Sorenson; and painter/sculptor Jim Stuckenberg.