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Pino Ties Delahoussaye for 13TH On The All-Time Win List
LAUREL, MD. 11-10-11---With a victory in today’s 8th race at Laurel Park, jockey Mario Pino moved into a tie for 13th on the all-time list with Hall of Famer Eddie Delahoussaye. Both riders have 6,384 career winners after Pino guided Filare L’Oro ($7.80) to an allowance score in the final jumps.
“To tie a legend like that is an amazing feeling,” said Pino, who rode Hard Spun to on the board finishes in the 2007 Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Breeders’ Cup Classic.
The Ellicott City resident 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 on November 7, 2007.
His next career goal is to land in the top 10 all-time before retiring. He is 87 wins away from passing Earlie Fires and moving into elusive company. He still must maneuver ahead of Larry Snyder (6,388 wins) and Sandy Hawley (6,450) before setting sights on the recently retired Fires (6,470).
“I am not getting many opportunities right now so it is going to take some time,” added Pino, who has surpassed 200 wins 11 times during his career. “But that is racing. I have no complaints about my career. I am healthy and feel like I can ride another couple years.”
Pino, who turned 50 on September 8, won his first race aboard Ed’s Desire on January 16, 1979 at Bowie Race Track and has nearly 5,000 victories at Laurel Park, Pimlico Race Course, Bowie and Timonium.