Captain Flint Gives Fawkes 1,000th Career Winner
Nov 1, 2019
MIAMI GARDENS, FL
– Trainer David Fawkes, who went from parking cars here at the track formerly known as Calder Race Course to winning 27 graded-stakes races, celebrated his 1,000th career victory when he saddled Hot Scot Racing Stables’ Captain Flint to victory in Gulfstream Park West’s ninth-race finale Friday.
Sent off at 9-1 in the 7 ½-furlong turf sprint for 2-year-old maiden claimers, Captain Flint ($20.80) led from start to finish under jockey Emisael Jaramillo to win in 1:32.86 over a firm turf course.
Hot Scot Racing Stables also provided Fawkes’ daughter, Natalie, with her first career training win on Oct. 14, 2018 with Bonnie Scot at Gulfstream West.
“Milestones are always exciting,” Fawkes said. “I’m excited about it.”
Major victories by Fawkes have included the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) with champion Big Drama, three Grade 1 victories with Sheer Drama, consecutive victories in the Odgen Phipps (G1) with Take D’Tour, and Grade 2 wins with Bahamian Squall and Forty One Carats.
Fawkes, who wanted to be a jockey before he outgrew the profession, exercised horses and worked for trainer Christine Jenks while also parking cars at Gulfstream, Hialeah and Calder and driving a beer truck. After taking out his trainer’s license, Fawkes also worked as a lawn mechanic.
“I’d leave here in the morning, my wife would drop me off at the place, I’d work until feed time then she’d drop me off at the horses,” Fawkes said.
Fawkes, a native of Aurora, Ill., also trained Florida Stallion Stakes winners Cajun Delta Dawn and Queen Drama.