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Dupuy races to magic 3,000 mark

April 17, 1999

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Charles Town-based jockey Larry Dupuy reached another milestone in his race-riding career last Sunday afternoon at the West Virginia thoroughbred oval, guiding Pulverize Spring to the winner's circle for his 3,000th career victory.

With the triumph, the Shepherdstown, W.Va., resident became only the 93rd jockey in thoroughbred horse racing history to win 3,000 career races.

"I'm happy with the 3,000. Things are going pretty well right now," Dupuy said. "The competition is tougher, but I don't mind that if you have the stock to go with it. There's a lot of new faces, owners, trainers, jockeys are coming here because of the purses."

Dupuy is the second-leading jockey at the Charles Town Races in 1999 and put an exclamation point on a successful campaign by winning aboard Pulverize Spring.

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Dupuy sent the 6-5 favorite to the lead in the 6-1/2 furlong allowance race and won by 4 1/2 lengths over a sloppy surface.

Dupuy's 28-year race-riding career has been spent almost exclusively at Charles Town.

He rode his first winner at Charles Town on Aug. 5, 1971, (for his dad who was an owner-trainer) and has won 19 stakes races, including five in the lucrative West Virginia Breeders Classics.

The list of horses includes: Turn Capp (1976); Deron's Count (1977); Watch The Varmint (1979); Mar Del Nort (1981); Bene Fischel (1982); Mighty Ben (1983); Bolger's Axe (1985); Lady Amalthia and Famous Comic (1986); Famous Comic and Nepo (1987); Big Caress (1988); Motivated by Money (1992); Again and Again (1983); Ani's Ara and Canby Road (1994); Flying Dove Cafe and Loudoun Top (1995); Flying Dove Cafe (1986) and Longfield Star (1998).

Flying Dove Cafe won two West Virginia Breeders Classics races, while Ani's Ara, Canby Road and Loudoun Top won one each.

"I've spent practically my whole career at Charles Town," Dupuy said. "I won my first race in '71 but I really started to ride regularly in '72," Dupuy said. "I rode here (Charles Town) for the first part of '72 and then went to New England where my dad had horses."

In those early years, the Baltimore native enjoyed stints in New England and Louisiana before finally settling back to Charles Town.

He has also ridden many races in Maryland, Delaware and Pennsylvania over the years.

"I've done pretty well wherever I rode," Dupuy said. "You still have to have good stock to win. I'm riding some good horses now, and that's what makes you hate to retire. I really have no retirement plans now, though. I want to keep riding as long as people want me. I'm really satisfied with things now."

Dupuy has had his shares of thrills and spills in the saddle, including a mishap in 1972 when he broke his foot.

He also underwent two heart operations in 1989 and got back in the saddle the following year when he won his 2,000th race on Oct. 8, 1990.

He says he's completely healthy now.

And last Sunday, he proved he still belongs in horse racing.

The win aboard Pulverize Spring was one of four on the day. He scored on Test Flight ($4) in the third race to move within one of the milestone, then climbed to 3,002 when Wham Bang Kisham ($16.20) and Our Saydee ($7) swept the eighth and ninth race daily double.

Dunkelberger hits 1,000

Travis Dunkelberger, who guided Adam Cat to victory in the $25,000 Potomac Handicap Stakes last Saturday at Charles Town, recently gained his 1,000th career victory aboard King Leatherbury-trained Loaf and is pursuing his fourth consecutive riding title at the track.

The 21-year-old South Dakota native has recorded 10 stakes wins in his career.

Entering Wednesday's racing card, Dunkelberger had 71 wins at Charles Town in 1999, easily outdistancing Larry Dupuy who had 34 winners. The remainder of the top 10 is: Walter Cullum, Larry Reynolds, Clinton Potts, Terry Henry, Leslie Cromer, Richard Cornwell, Elaina Sheridan and Charles Forrest.

Contest continues

The free monthly handicapping contest continues this Wednesday evening at Charles Town with the winner collecting $500 and the top five finishers advancing to a special qualifying round for the $175,000 World Series of Handicapping finals at Penn National in Grantville, Pa.

According to Charles Town publicity director Frank Carulli, official entry forms will be available throughout the day in Longshots simulcast center with the contest post time at 7:20 p.m.

For additional information, call 1-800-795-7001.

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