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McCarthy & Magee Capture Year-Round Titles
LAUREL, MD. 12-31-14---Trevor McCarthy and Kieron Magee wrapped up titles for the calendar year in the jockey and trainer divisions respectively at the major Maryland tracks after today’s final card of the season at Laurel Park.
McCarthy finished the year with 167 victories at Laurel and Pimlico Race Course, 41 ahead of Victor Carrasco. The 20-year-old captured the riding titles at all three meets during the year (Laurel winter, Pimlico spring and Laurel fall). He finished with 52 multiple-win afternoons in Maryland this year.
“It was my goal to win all three meets and it was huge accomplishment but it took a lot of hard work,”said McCarthy, who was also the state’s leading rider as an apprentice in 2013.“I got to ride a lot of good horses this year. I would like to thank all the trainers, owners, grooms, exercise riders, hot walkers and my agent, Scott Silver, for all their efforts.”
McCarthy, who ended the year ranked seventh in North America in wins (263) and 20th in earnings ($8.1 million), broke his right wrist in a spill December 20.
“I will be out six to eight weeks,” added McCarthy. “Right now I don’t need surgery but I do have to go for another appointment. Hopefully it will continue to heal the way the doctors want it to.”
Magee had 55 winners at the major Maryland tracks during the campaign, three more than Claudio Gonzalez.The 53-year-old shared the Laurel winter title, captured the Pimlico championship and finished tied for fifth in the Laurel fall standings. He finished the year winning at a 28.7% clip at the major Maryland tracks.
“I was getting nervous because Claudio was coming but we hung on. I am very happy,”said Magee, who set career-highs in wins (84) and earnings ($1.4 million).“Winning at Pimlico was a thrill. That is home for me and to be able to win a meet at such a historical place is something I will never forget.”
Gonzalez sat atop the Laurel fall standings with 31 victories.
Magee and McCarthy will be honored by the Maryland Jockey Club in January.
Midwest Thoroughbreds topped the 2014 owner standings with 36 victories.
Laurel Park/Pimlico Race Course 2014 Standings
About Laurel Park
Laurel Park 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.