Burke Sets New Single Season Standard

The connections of 2023 Breeders Crown winner My Girl EJ, including trainer Ron Burke
Published: November 29, 2023 11:21 am EST

On Tuesday, Nov. 28, Ron Burke added another record to his Hall of Fame resume by becoming the first trainer to win 1,100 races in a single season. 

Burke entered Tuesday's action with 1,099 wins on the year — a career best that surpassed the 1,093 victories the Pennsylvania-based trainer posted in 2014. Semi Tough was a wire-to-wire winner for driver Yannick Gingras at Yonkers Raceway in the second race on Tuesday to bring Burke to the 1,100 win plateau. 

About an hour later a few states to the west, Burke added another victory courtesy Ontario Sires Stakes graduate Sea Can, who connected for Burke and driver Chris Lems at Northfield to give the trainer 1,101 wins as of press time.

Only Burke and driver Tim Tetrick have posted seasons with more than 1,100 wins. Burke is the only trainer to post a season with more than 1,000 wins — a feat he's accomplished five times. His totals now stand at 14,445 lifetime wins with $322 million (US) in earnings.

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