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Former Pawhuskan breaks all-time jockey win mark

G.R. Carter Jr. makes one of his patented back-flip dismounts Friday at the Ruidoso Downs, N.M., Race Track Friday after riding Tempting Destiny to victory No. 3,632 of his jockey career. The triumph made the Pawhuskan the winning quarter horse jockey in history. While in high school, Carter won a state wrestling title for the Huskies and also was a member of the state-champion Phillips 66 Gymnastics Team. Gay Harris/Track Photographer at Ruidoso Downs
G.R. Carter Jr. makes one of his patented back-flip dismounts Friday at the Ruidoso Downs, N.M., Race Track Friday after riding Tempting Destiny to victory No. 3,632 of his jockey career. The triumph made the Pawhuskan the winning quarter horse jockey in history. While in high school, Carter won a state wrestling title for the Huskies and also was a member of the state-champion Phillips 66 Gymnastics Team. Gay Harris/Track Photographer at Ruidoso Downs

With the 3,632nd win of his jockey career, Oklahoman G.R. Carter Jr. established an all-time record for American Quarter Horse Association victories Friday at Ruidoso Downs in New Mexico.

Carter, a 10-time AQHA champion jockey, set the new mark when he guided Tempting Destiny to a win in fifth trial race for the $700,000 Ruidoso Futurity. Two races earlier, he had tied the record, which was held by retired jockey Alvin “Bubba” Brossette.

A good-sized contingent of Carter friends, fans and family was on hand to celebrate the jockey’s latest achievement. AQHA officials awarded Carter with a plaque to acknowledge his riding accomplishment.

The Pawhuska native holds several other quarter-horse jockey records. He has more than 23,000 career mounts and has earned more than $65 million in purse money in his nearly three decades-long career. When Carter broke the all-time mounts’ record last year, it also was in a race at Ruidoso.

“I’ve been fortunate,” Carter said, adding that he has considered retiring as a jockey after a couple more seasons.

Carter is still looking to accomplish more on the track, however. He has already won every Grade 1 race that is run at Ruidoso Downs, including Labor Day victories in the million-dollar All American Futurities of 1998 and 2008.

“Ruidoso is the place that makes you famous,” said the jockey, who also won the 1997 All American Derby.

Carter has been even more successful at Oklahoma City’s Remington Park, where he currently is chasing a 17th riding title. He returned to Remington to race on Sunday and Monday. Carter and his wife, Shaena, have resided in OKC for the past decade.

In addition to his quarter-horse riding success, Carter has 335 victories aboard Thoroughbreds and even more than that on Paints and Appaloosas. Carter also is the all-time leader for victories and mount earnings on Paints.

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