Wilmington, Del., September 17, 2012 — Hall of Fame trainer Jonathan Sheppard notched his 3,000th career victory at Delaware Park today. The milestone win came in the seventh race when Augustin Stable’s Fugitive Angel won a seven-and-a-half-furlong turf allowance by a neck over six rivals.
“It feels good to get the milestone victory and it was nice that happened at Delaware Park,” said Sheppard.
Sheppard notched his first career winner in a steeplechase race with Haffaday in 1966. The 71-year-old native of Ashwell, England, was inducted into National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 1990. He has won six Breeder Cup’s and has trained 12 Eclipse Award champions, including Flatterer (1983, 1984, 1985, and 1986) and Forever Together (2008).
At Delaware Park, Sheppard has won a total 32 stakes. He recorded his first Delaware Park stake win in 1971 when Wustenchef won both the Indian River Steeplechase Handicap and the Sussex Turf Handicap.