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Dave Palone wins 15,000th race

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Hall of Fame driver Dave Palone garnered his 15,000th career victory Tuesday night at The Meadows near Pittsburgh. He joins another Hall of Fame driver, Herve Filion, as the only reinsmen to accomplish the feat.

"This really is special, knowing that only one other guy has reached 15,000," said Palone, who began the day with 14,996 wins. "It's a nice number to reach, and it happened a little quicker than I thought it would. Now that it's out of the way, the next thing is to go for the record, I guess."

Filion, who was at The Meadows to watch Palone, retired from diving with 15,180 victories.

"Regardless of what you do in life, you can�t do it by yourself. You need your competition," Filion said. "Dave's always been a strong competitor. Drivers are like a family, and only two have won 15,000. That's not something you see every year. Dave deserves all the attention he gets because it's not easy, believe me. I've been there. You have to drive a lot of horses, and you need Lady Luck on your side."

A 2010 inductee into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame, Palone is a six-time winner of Harness Tracks of America's Driver of the Year.

"With all the years of hard work and all the horses I've gotten to race for everybody, it's a satisfying accomplishment," said the Pennsylvania native. "I decided to stay here and grind it out in Pennsylvania, which turned out to be the right move for me. It's always been nice because I've always been able to race a lot of the better horses here and the numbers speak for themselves. It's pretty elite company."

03/28 12:10:10 ET