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ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. --- Jockey Eduardo Perez picked up the 1,000th victory in his career when he guided Houston G. Jones' Vote of Honesty to a three-quarters of a length victory in Wednesday's second race at Arlington International Racecourse.

"To get my 1,000th win in Chicago and especially at Arlington is a great feeling," said Perez, voted Arlington's Jockey of the Month in July. "I want to thank all of the trainers who took a chance on me over the years."

After getting a champagne-and-cold-water dousing from his fellow riders, Perez was presented with an embroidered jacket to commemorate the milestone win.

Perez kept his mount, the second of three for the afternoon, in close while off the rail. He made a move in the stretch, put a head in front inside the sixteenth pole to overtake Uwana Prop for the victory in 1:17.74 for the six and one-half furlongs.

The 34-year-old Mexico-born reinsman, "discovered" by trainer Moises Yanez while working as a busboy in the La Hacienda restaurant in Berwyn, has been riding full-time since 1990. He was the leading apprentice rider at Oaklawn Park in Arkansas and Louisiana Downs in 1991. He returned to Chicago in 1994 and his been a regular top-20 performer on the circuit.

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