Horse Racing

The Friday Show Presented By Monmouth Park: DeShawn Parker On 6,000 Wins And Beyond


DeShawn Parker after career win No. 6,000 aboard For Mama

It’s been a busy week for DeShawn Parker, who recorded his 6,000th career win on June 21 at Horseshoe Indianapolis aboard a colt named For Mama. He dedicated the victory to his late father, highly respected Ohio racing official Daryl Parker, who died in 2021.

On Saturday, Parker will be at JACK Thistledown near Cleveland to ride a few races but, more importantly, accept the Pete Pedersen Award from the Racing Officials Accreditation Program on behalf of his father.

Parker, who became only the 21st jockey in North American racing history and sixth active rider to hit the 6,000-win milestone, joins Ray Paulick and news editor Chelsea Hackbarth in this week’s Friday Show. Parker recalls his childhood, much of which was spent at Thistledown in the shadow of his father, who taught him to always be humble, a trait that has followed the rider throughout his career. He also talks about remaining goals, challenges and superstitions, and a second career for when he hangs up his tack.

Watch this week’s episode of The Friday Show below:


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