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Pino Passes Delahoussaye On All-Time Win List
LAUREL, MD. 11-17-11---Mario Pino moved ahead of Hall of Famer Eddie Delahoussaye for 13th on the all-time win list when he guided 13-1 shot Torcello ($29) to victory in today’s second race at Laurel Park. The 50-year-old has 6,385 trips to the winners’ circle during his career.
Pino’s next goal is to land in the top 10 all-time before retiring. He is 86 wins away from passing Earlie Fires and moving into elusive company. He still must maneuver by Larry Snyder (6,388 wins) and Sandy Hawley (6,450) before setting sights on Fires (6,470).
“It seems like every rider I pass is in the Hall of Fame,” said Pino, who rode Hard Spun to on-the-board finishes in the 2007 Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Breeders’ Cup Classic. “This game is up and down but I have been fortunate to ride for all the top trainers around here throughout the years.”
Pino ranked in the top five of the Maryland rider standings every year from 1979 through 2003, in colonies that included Hall of Famers Kent Desormeaux and Edgar Prado.
“It is so hard to stay consistent but that has been my calling card,” added Pino, who has surpassed 200 wins 11 times during his career. “For all those years I was consistently second and third behind Desormeaux and Prado. I have the ability to win and if you get on decent horses the wins add up.”
The Ellicott City resident won his first race aboard Ed’s Desire on January 16, 1979 at Bowie Race Track and became the 15th jockey in North America to win 6,000 races when he rode Pass Play, a horse trained by his brother Mike, to victory at Laurel Park on November 7, 2007.