ELORA, June 3 – In a nail-biter, Paul MacKenzie secured his 8,000th career driving win in the final this evening at Grand River Raceway.
The milestone makes MacKenzie the 28th winningest driver in the history of the sport.
Dubbed “King Of The Passing Lane”, MacKenzie cruised up the inside with 7-1 shot Jeremeyes Jewel to finish a quarter-length ahead of Badlyinclined and Travis Henry in 1:55. It was the horse’s first win of the season for trainer Lori Jennex who co-owns the five-year-old mare with Earla Geisel and Joseph Kelly.
The PEI native relocated to Ontario in 1986 and has amassed more than 55,000 starts and $46 million in purse earnings during his 38-year career. Ranked one of Canada’s top dash winning drivers year-after-year, the Puslinch, Ont. resident is a winner of 92 races in 2015.
In addition to his catch-driving duties, the 54-year-old reinsman also maintains a stable of his own. His career training stats reflect his rigorous schedule, with more than 900 training wins and nearly $5 million.
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