In a photo provided by Benoit Photo, jockey Gary Stevens, right, collects his 5,000th win in North America, aboard Catch a Flight on Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, in the fourth horse race of the day at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif. (AP Photo/Benoit Photo)
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February 13, 2015

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens rode his 5,000th winner in North America in a $58,000 feature Friday at Santa Anita.

The 51-year-old jockey guided 4-5 favorite Catch a Flight to a neck victory for Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella.

Stevens was joined in the winner's circle by Mandella, the jockey's wife Angie and their 5-year-old daughter Maddie.

''It's very special,'' Stevens said. ''The owners, the trainers have been nice enough to put me on all these good horses through the years. It's been a lot of hard work, a lot of fun and obviously, I love it or I wouldn't be out there.''

He reached 5,000 wins in his career in 2005 before retiring for seven years. He resumed his career two years ago.

Stevens has won three Kentucky Derbies, a record nine Santa Anita Derbies and 10 Breeders' Cup races in his career. He has ridden full-time in England, France and Hong Kong.

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