One Of Maryland’s Best Athletes Will Soon Be Returning To The Track From Injury

Sports and Bets — March 5, 2015 at 6:44 pm by

Trevor McCarthy broke his wrist riding at Laurel Park on December 20th when his second place mount swerved during the gallop-out of the second race that day.   Luckily for McCarthy, the wrist did not require surgery, but the young jockey has been sidelined since he left the track that day for the hospital.   But after ten weeks of being out of the horse game, McCarthy is back exercising horses for trainer Graham Motion in warm and sunny Florida.  According to the Daily Racing Form and McCarthy’s agent, Scott Silver, Trevor will exercise horses for two to three more weeks before getting back into the competitive irons here at Laurel Park.

For horseplayers and racing fans this is good news, for the other jockeys working the Maryland circuit- not so much.  To put it bluntly, Trevor  McCarthy has dominated the Maryland horseracing scene for the better part of a year.  In 2014, he was the leading jockey of all three Maryland meets. (Laurel Winter, Pimlico Spring, and Laurel Fall.)  He won 263 races, which was the seventh most wins in North America, to the tune of $8.1 million in earnings.  That’s pretty damn impressive for a twenty year old kid who just started riding professionally in 2012.

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Handling the massive and often moody thoroughbreds of the racing oval is no joke, and pound-for-pound jockeys are some of the strongest athletes of any professional sport.  Riding mistakes can lead to injuries and even darker consequences, so for a young rider to have such early success at such a high level is a testament to McCarthy’s maturity and instinct.  Knowing how to save ground from any post, having the guts to shoot up the rail in the stretch, and knowing the right moment to ask a mount for more so that both horse and rider hit the wire first are intricacies of the horse game that are paramount to success.  These attributes can take years of riding to develop, but McCarthy seems to have a knack for these details built into him already at the young age of 20.  Maybe it’s because his father, Michael, logged over 2,900 wins as a jockey himself.  Maybe that horseman DNA is genetic.

But regardless of how his riding skills developed so quickly, Trevor McCarthy is proving himself to be one of Maryland’s best athletes.  But if he keeps up this good work here at this tremendous pace, he won’t be around very long.  McCarthy has raced all over the Mid-Atlantic.  Parx Racing, Monmouth, Presque Isle Downs, and Delaware Park have all witnessed McCarthy ride.  (Delaware Park, where his father did most of his riding, was where Trevor won his biggest race to date, the Grade II Delaware Oaks.  He was riding Fortune Pearl.)  He also raced a few times at legendary Saratoga in New York, and it seems that it will simply be a matter of time before McCarthy leaves the lower ranking Maryland circuit for the big time meets of New York and/or Florida.


So keep an eye on the Daily Racing Form, or Laurel Park’s website, and go watch Trevor McCarthy ride at Laurel Park.  Or wait for Spring and watch him ride at Pimlico.  Hell, the young gun may even win you some money .  But don’t wait too long see this young talent live, because while he’ll be here riding here for the near future, if he keeps piling up wins at this rate, seeing him excel live at a local track may prove more difficult sooner than later.


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