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McCarthy, Magee Capture Pimlico Titles
BALTIMORE, 06-07-14---The Pimlico Race Course spring meeting ended today with jockey Trevor McCarthy and trainer Kieron Magee winning individual titles. The 35-day stand began at the historic home of the Preakness Stakes (G1) on April 3.
McCarthy topped the jockey standings with 43 first place finishes,five more than Victor Carrasco.The 20-year-old, who became a journeyman during the stand, had 14 multiple win days in the first 23 live racing afternoons.
“We rode a lot of nice horses and were very lucky to get off to a great start,” McCarthy said. “I was nervous (going from apprentice to journeyman) because I know many bug riders drift off the scene rather quickly but some top trainers stood by me and it seemed to go well.”
McCarthy plans on riding at Monmouth Park and Delaware Park this summer. In fact, he missed five of the last seven days of the Pimlico meet to build his business at Monmouth.
“It was a big decision and put us in a tough situation,” added McCarthy. “We didn’t want to get a late start at Monmouth so we decided to ditch some days at Pimlico and hoped we could hold on and win the title. Victor picked up some of my mounts and won some races but I got off to a great start at Monmouth.”
Magee, who shared the Laurel Park winter title with three other conditioners, earned the training title by saddling 18 winners, seven more than Graham Motion and Jamie Ness. The Magee barn had two multiple win afternoons and won at a 32% clip.
“This is my home track and as thrilled I was to share the Laurel title, this means so much more,” Magee said. “We had a lot of horses run well (14 different runners won races during the meet). A couple stood out including Kens Cape, who won a couple but was claimed out of his second win. We hated to lose him because we were planning on retiring him.”
Midwest Thoroughbreds topped the owner standings with 10 victories, two more than PTK LLC.
There will not be live racing at the major Maryland tracks for the next 12 weeks. The Laurel Park fall meeting begins Friday, September 5.
About Pimlico Race Course
Historic Pimlico Race Course, home of the Preakness® Stakes, the middle jewel in horse racing's famed Triple Crown, first opened its doors on October 25, 1870, and is the second oldest racetrack in the United States. Pimlico has played host to racing icons and Baltimoreans have seen the likes of legendary horses such as Man o’ War, Seabiscuit, Secretariat, Affirmed and Cigar thunder down the stretch in thrilling and memorable competition. For more information on Pimlico, visit www.pimlico.com.
Pimlico Race Course is a Stronach Group company, North America’s leading Thoroughbred racetrack owner/operator. The Stronach Group racetracks include Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park & Casino, Golden Gate Fields, Portland Meadows, Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course, home of the world-famous Preakness. The company owns and operates the Palm Meadows Training Center in Florida and is one of North America's top race horse breeders through its award-winning Adena Springs operation. The Stronach Group is one of the world's largest suppliers of pari-mutuel wagering systems, technologies and services. Its companies include AmTote, a global leader in wagering technology; Xpressbet, an Internet and telephone account wagering service; and Monarch Content Management, which acts as a simulcast purchase and sales agent of horseracing content for numerous North American racetracks and wagering outlets. The Stronach Group is also a major producer of televised horse racing programming through its HRTV cable and satellite network and is North America's premier supplier of virtual online horse racing games, as well as a leading producer of social media content for the horseracing industry.