Jockey Trevor McCarthy celebrated Saturday's Christmastide Day program at Laurel Park with five wins, including three of five stakes, and effectively clinched the fall meet riding title.
McCarthy won Race 2 aboard Let's Play Nine ($3.60), the first of two wins on the day for trainer Mike Trombetta. One race later, McCarthy led 1-2 favorite Threefiveindia ($3) to victory in the Dave's Friend, the first of five $100,000 stakes on the nine-race card.
“It's cool. It's nice. Everything really worked out,” McCarthy said. “I'm very lucky, very privileged. A lot of the credit goes to the trainers and the grooms and the hotwalkers; they do all the hard work and then they give us two minutes and leave it up to us.”
McCarthy returned to the winner's circle in Race 6, the $100,000 Native Dancer, on Someday Jones ($7.60), a 6-year-old son of 2004 Kentucky Derby (G1) and Preakness (G1) winner Smarty Jones – both trained by John Servis.
McCarthy closed the day by sweeping the late double with Majestic Reason ($5.80) in the $100,000 Willa On the Move in Race 8 and Cassidy Ave ($6.40) in Race 9. His efforts gave him a 52-45 edge over runner-up Sheldon Russell in the rider standings; Russell is named in five races on Sunday's closing day card. Alex Cintron, third with 44 wins, has four mounts Sunday. McCarthy is named in three races.
“I was excited. I thought I could get a few winners today and everything really worked out nice,” McCarthy said. “The last race just goes to show you, I'm having such a highlight day and everything's going great so I'm just going to sit there and wait. You just have so much confidence when you win races. I knew I had a lot of horse so I was just extremely patient and it paid off. Days like today are freaky, and they're fun. It's hard sometimes with ups and downs, but this is what makes it great.”
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