CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- William "Willie" Clark, who at age 69 is the nation's oldest active thoroughbred jockey, will leave the starting gate for the final time tonight in the eighth race at the Charles Town Races.
Clark will start from the No. 3 post in the 6 1/2 -furlong race aboard Gama Force.
The track will honor Clark in a winner's circle ceremony immediately after the eighth race. Post time for the first of 10 races tomorrow is 7:15 p.m.
Clark, a member of the Charles Town Races Jockey Hall of Fame, began his riding career at Laurel Race Course in 1945 and has a lifetime record of 1,143 wins, 1,171 seconds and 1,207 thirds from 10,629 mounts for earnings of more than $1.8 million. He has curtailed his racing in recent years but has brought in two winners, two seconds and two thirds from 16 mounts this year.