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Walter Case Jr. became the first harness-racing driver to win 1,000 races in a year, reaching the milestone Friday night at Yonkers Raceway.

It came when the 37-year-old Case drove Warren Moon to a clear victory over in the 10th race.

Case has made history after being out of racing in 1997 because of drug violations.

"I'm really proud of this accomplishment," Case said. "With all I've gone through away from the track, I'm very grateful to be given the opportunity to come back and do what I love.

"I was determined to let nothing stand in my way this year. It's taken a lot of hard work, discipline and sacrifice."

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