Tyler Conner aboard his 1,000th career winner, My Dixie Lass
Jockey Tyler Conner earned his 1,000th career victory at Parx Racing in Bensalem, Pa., on Saturday when My Dixie Lass won the ninth race on the card, an allowance event, for trainer James Lawrence II.
Conner, 28, was born into a racing family in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, with his father a trainer at Penn National and his mother having worked as a jockey, race official and practice racer. However, Tyler was following a different career path, racing motocross at an early age until he was convinced by a few crashes that it was too dangerous a sport. He then turned to horse racing.
He earned his learner’s license in 2014, accepting his first mount on June 14 but not entering the winner’s circle until his 40th race on August 1 aboard Love Talk at Penn National for trainer Kimberly Graci .
Conner finished that first year with 40 wins out of 465 mounts for earnings of just under $1 million, then won 168 out of 1,188 races in 2015, with his mount earning over $3.2 million.
Conner was the top runner at the Penn National, where he currently sits atop the jockey standings, and his 22% win rate in 2022 is his career best.
His biggest career victory came last month when he guided Wow Whata Summer to an upset victory of $168.69 for coach James Lawrence II in the Grade 2, $400,000 Penn Mile at Penn National.