From the Paulick Report
In a career that has spanned over the course of 30 years, Lori Wydick gracefully recorded her 1,500th career win Tuesday, Sept. 30 at Indiana Grand. The Ohio native guided Reflector to victory on the turf in the five furlong $34,000 allowance race, winning the contest by one and three-quarter lengths.
Wydick was able to get Reflector forwardly placed from post four, sitting in a stalking position behind race leader Discreet Treat and Fernando De La Cruz. In the stretch, the three-year-old son of Ready’s Image rallied past the leader and finished gamely for the win, his second in seven lifetime starts for trainer Pavel Matejka. Joedini and Malcolm Franklin saved ground along the inside to finish third.
A slight upset, Reflector paid $13.00, $5.20 and $3.00 across the board for his efforts. The time of the sprint was :58.50 seconds.
“I rode him (Reflector) in a stakes race last year and this was his second start over the turf today,” said Wydick. “He really enjoys the grass. Last time he had been off for a while and he was down along the inside, but he turned in a very nice race. Today, he stalked and made a move and finished well. I thought he would run well today.”
Wydick was also well aware that the win aboard Reflector could be a momentous one. She has been on a roll of late, scoring seven wins and grabbing one second in only nine starts between Indiana Grand and Belterra Park. It was only a matter of time before the veteran jockey secured a new milestone in a stellar career.
“I’m very thankful and I’m very proud, but I just wanted to do my job,” said Wydick, referring to hitting the milestone. “The really nice thing about it was my grandmother, who is 90, my mother and my great uncle all watched it at the new track (Mahoning Valley) in Austintown. I didn’t know they were watching until afterwards and I got a text from them.”
Wydick is very familiar with Ohio. She grew up in the Youngstown area and was first involved with show horses. She would ride them every day and get them prepared for show day. While serving in that capacity, she began breaking yearlings for several people from the track, which eventually led her to a career as a jockey.
“I’ve been riding the past 30 years, but not all of that was full time,” said Wydick. “I was off probably 15 of those years and two years, I only rode a handful of horses. I thank everyone for their support and for giving me the opportunity to ride from the beginning to now.”
Most of Wydick’s success has been recorded in Ohio where she has 10 leading rider titles to her credit, mainly at River Downs, which now operates under the moniker of Belterra Park. Although she has limited starts this year, she remains as one of the track’s top 10 jockeys. In only limited appearances at Indiana Grand, she has garnered four wins in 26 starts.
Wydick’s biggest win to date was recorded three times in the $100,000 Queen City Oaks at Belterra Park. She also experienced many years of success on the Kentucky circuit, racing at Turfway Park, Keeneland and Churchill Downs. After a brief absence from the sport due to an injury, she made her return to racing last year at the age of 48 and continues to build upon the resume of being one of the sport’s all-time winning female riders. Wydick and her 15-year-old son, Matthew, reside in Fort Mitchell, Ky.