May 29, 2023

McCarthy prevails in stirrup-less ride at Laurel

Last updated: 1/30/14 4:36 PM

Trevor McCarthy had a wild ride in the 4TH race at Laurel on Thursday

(Jim McCue/Maryland Jockey Club)

Trevor McCarthy has ridden 171 winners in his young career
but none more exciting than scoring with Chi Chi’s Pride in Thursday’s 3RD race at Laurel Park.

At the break, the four-year-old gelding bumped with Carnbrea’sdestiny, causing McCarthy to lose his irons
and forcing the jockey to ride
the entire race with his feet out of the stirrups. At the top of the stretch,
Chi’s Chi Pride was fifth but rallied between rivals and got up at the wire to
beat Carnbrea’sdestiny by a nose. The John Salzman Jr. trainee paid $10.80.

“It was the wildest experience I have ever had in a race,”
McCarthy grinned. “We came out of the gate and he leaned to the right and I went
with him. When I leaned back left I lost my left stirrup and then lost the right
while trying to recover.

“I did try to get them back in at the half-mile pole but
it didn’t happen. I gave him a tap on the shoulder at the top of the stretch and
he came running. It was fortunate we were able to get the win.”

Here is a replay of the race:

Last April at Pimlico, jockey Xavier Perez made
national news when he lost his irons aboard
Spicer Cub. The horse then bolted
around the parked starting gate along the outside rail and still nearly won,
losing by a nose. The replay has been viewed nearly 140,000 times on YouTube.

“The only other time I have seen something like it was with
Xavier last year,” McCarthy added. “My dad (retired rider Mike McCarthy who won
2,907 races from 17,180 mounts in 21 years) texted me and said ‘you are wild.’ I
guess this never happened to him.”

One day after matching his career-high with four wins, the
19-year-old visited the winners’ circle three times on Thursday afternoon, also
finishing first with Petie’s Boy in the 4TH race and Grace is a Beauty in the
7TH race. He leads the Laurel winter jockey standings with 18 victories.

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