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Silva rides to 3,500 win in third race at Arlington
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Published: 8/21/2009 4:29 PM

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Longtime Chicago-based jockey Carlos Silva, third on Arlington Park's list of all-time leading jockeys, notched the 3,500th North American victory of his career when he guided Iris Germanica to a 1 3/4-length win in the third race Friday at Arlington Park.

Silva was joined in the winner's circle by family, friends, fellow riders and trainer Richard Hazelton, who gave Silva a leg up on many of his 3,500 wins.

The 53-year-old native of Santiago, Chile, won approximately 250 races in South America before coming to the United States in 1978. He has been a mainstay on the Chicago circuit ever since with the majority of his 3,500 North American wins coming at Arlington Park, Hawthorne Race Course and Sportsman's Park.