YONKERS, N.Y. (AP) _ Walter Case Jr. broke harness racing's season victory record Monday night at Yonkers Raceway with his 854th win.

Case, 37, guided Cam's Easter to a nose victory in the ninth race for his third win of the night and the one that passed the mark set by Chicago-based Tony Morgan in 1996.

The photo finish in the record race was so tight that Case, thinking he had lost, headed back to the paddock, while Billy Parker Jr., who drove Angel's Luck, went to the winner's circle.

``In the back of my mind, I always thought that some day I'd get the record, but I never dreamed it would come so fast,'' Case said.

Case, a native of Lisbon Falls, Maine, ranks third in career wins with 8,069. He drove his first winner in February 1978, at Lewiston Raceway in his native state.

Case, who also holds the season record for wins at one track with 800 at Yonkers in 1992, has won 764 races at that track this year.

``As long as I can stay focused, the wins will take care of themselves,'' Case said.

Case, the youngest harness driver to reach every thousand-win milestone, has earned more than $31.8 million in purses in his 20-year racing career.