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Carter Sets Another Record

Champion jockey becomes all-time leader in race starts.

By Greg Thompson
July 10, 2013

Ten-time champion jockey G.R. Carter, Jr. made yet another mark on Quarter Horse racing history by becoming the all-time leader in lifetime starts in races recognized by AQHA.

During the Saturday race card at Ruidoso Downs in Ruidoso, New Mexico, for the trials of the Rainbow Derby (G1), Carter tied, and then eventually eclipsed, the all-time leading mark of lifetime starts held by American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame rider Danny Cardoza.

Cardoza, who is third on the all-time wins list with 3,337 victories to his credit, held the mark and distinction of having gone down the racetrack aboard a Quarter Horse in a AQHA recognized race a total of 22,293 times. With his mounts from this past weekend, Carter has raised the all-time mark to 22,297 as of July 9. According to the AQHA, records began being collected by the organization since 1970.

All-Time Leaders in Lifetime Starts, AQHA (as of 7/9/13):

1.G.R. Carter, Jr. – 22,297 starts
2.Danny Cardoza – 22,293 starts
3.Alvin Brossette – 21,947 starts
4.John Creager – 21,570 starts
5.Kenneth Hart – 21,528 starts
6.Gilbert Ortiz- – 19,071 starts

Carter currently is the all-time leader in lifetime earnings with $62,337,849 (as of July 9). He is currently second on the all-time wins list behind retired jockey Alvin Brossette at 3,516 wins to Brossette's all-time leading mark of 3,631 wins.