22-Year Old Trevor McCarthy Rides 3 Winners on Final Day to Win Riding Title
Heading into the final week of racing at Pimlico, jockey Feargal Lynch had 23 winners with Trevor McCarthy and Victor Carrasco just behind with 22. Jevian Toledo also had a shot at the riding title with 20 winners.
But McCarthy rode three winners Sunday on closing day of the Preakness Meet at Pimlico to earn his second consecutive meet title in Maryland this year.
“It’s awesome. It’s a great feeling, especially because I missed a lot of days this meet,” he said. “I was able to ship out and ride some good horses, and to be able to do both means a lot.”
McCarthy entered Sunday’s nine-race program tied with Victor Carrasco at 26 wins, with Feargal Lynch and Jevian Toledo right behind with 25. Toledo won the seventh race to reach 26 wins and tie for second with Carrasco.
Kieron Magee, Maryland’s leading trainer in 2014 and 2015, clinched his fourth consecutive meet title during Friday’s program and finished with 14 winners.
“This is home. I love Laurel, but this is home for me so this means a little more,” Magee said. “I galloped horses here for 25 years and live 20 minutes from here. It’s home.”
McCarthy credited his fellow jockey’s for encouragement and his success.
“We have a good colony here, I think. Everybody wants to win and everybody wants to ride a good race. Everybody wants to be on the good horses, hustles hard and works in the mornings. It all came down to the last couple weeks,” McCarthy said.
“Victor, Toledo, Feargal, Edgar, I’ve learned a lot from them and I just want to thank all of them for kind of pushing me to do better and ride better and pay attention to what they’re doing,” he added. “Especially Edgar, he’s come here and I’ve learned so much just watching him. He’s a great role model to look up to and we’re privileged to have him here.”
Maryland’s leading rider in 2014, McCarthy edged Carrasco, 66-60, to win Laurel Park’s winter-spring meet that preceded Pimlico.
“I couldn’t have done it without the trainers and owners; my agent Scotty has done a great job. We had an awesome weekend this weekend,” he said. “I just want to say thank you to all them, all the grooms, hotwalkers, exercise riders, everybody that really takes part in the barn to get the horses ready and give me the privilege to ride them. When you’re riding good horses, you’re going to win a lot of races.”
Live racing moves from historic Pimlico Race Course to Laurel Park beginning Friday, July 1.