Danny Stafford’s Downtowner won a $15,000 claiming race Friday night at Prairie Meadows in Altoona, Iowa, giving veteran conditioner Jon Arnett career win No. 2,000.
Ridden by Leandro Goncalves, Downtowner was sent off the 9-5 favorite and won easily by 10 1/4 lengths.
Arnett has been training on the Midwest and Southwest circuits since 1979 and his 2,000th victory came with his 12,050th start. His best year came in 1979 when he scored 139 wins and his horses earned $1,620,045. Horses he’s saddled have won $21.3 million during his career.
Arnett is the son of the late Bob E. Arnett, who also trained in the Midwest and Southwest and compiled 2,431 career victories before retiring in 2014.
Arnett has trained a number of stakes winners, including City Sage, who earned $315,006 for him, and Shock Hazard, a three-time stakes winner at Prairie Meadows.
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